Monday, April 12, 2010

Candidates Spend

Cash for victory

Candidates go for the gold in runoff election

By Zach Lindsey


Published: Monday, April 12, 2010 2:44 AM CDT

Last-ditch advertising and surprise campaign donations were the hallmarks of the campaign finance reports for Webb County’s April 13 runoff election.

“A lot of people didn’t vote (in the primary), and that’s one of the things we’re targeting, the people that didn’t vote,” said Judith Gutierrez, candidate for Webb County Commissioner Precinct Two.

The last seven days have included a lot of political advertising.  Mostly I've seen what has appeared in the Laredo Times, and on KGNS (t.v.).  The ads that have taken me by surprise are the ones that allege that Chuy Dominguez owes thousands of dollars in child support.  I saw the "Debate on 8" between the three candidates vying for the 111th District Court Judge spot and I don't remember Monica Notzon bringing up the issue of child support.  Perhaps I missed it.

It's surprising that anyone would take this approach, especially since Ms. Notzon garnered 45% of the vote in March.  She looks like the clear winner in this race, so this cheap shot just seems unnecessary.  And to take out a full-page ad to drive the point home in yesterday's paper is dumb.

In response, Mr. Dominguez' ex-wife and his kids shoot a commercial to refute the claim.  I gotta say, that's pretty big of his ex to do that.  Still, it's peculiar how this race has wound up.

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