I'm here today to call BS on both these subjects.
First, let's read what he said about the negative ads in 2006.
This week marked an unpleasant turn in the race for Senate District 9: negative campaigning. It kicked off with a flier from Trisha Beck blasting her opponent, Wayne Niederhauser, for outspending her by a margin of almost 7-to-1. She fails to mention, however, that Niederhauser is spending about what's average for a seat in the legislature these days.
Actually, Niederhauser spent more than any other Senate Candidate in 2006. In fact, if you take the person in the #2 spot, add to it the actual average of about $59,000, you still won't top Niederhauser's number.
$282,392.83 is hardly average. But, we'll move on...
It was then followed up with a reprint of an endorsement from the Tribune with negative comments about Niederhauser highlighted
From the Tribune Editorial, the comments I'm sure Jesse referred to:
But, despite being a certified public accountant, Niederhauser's number-crunching ability seems to desert him when he says he would be open to vouchers or tuition tax credits to put public money into private schools, something Beck strongly opposes. And it takes total flight when Niederhauser argues that cutting taxes gives government more money with which to meet the very needs he promises to address.
That's the only negative that can be found about Niederhauser in the editorial.
But, Jesse wasn't done:
The grand finale was a flier pushing Beck's record on increasing education spending while insinuating that Niederhauser cuts education funding.
Actually, it didn't insinuate anything. It stated it plain as day. And, it told the truth. And, it wasn't negative. It's like me sending out a flier stating that Joe Crockett hates onions and you saying that's negative. (And Joe really does hate onions, that's a fact.)
Niederhauser has, thankfully, not resorted to these low-ball tactics, even if his party did send out a flier tying Beck to Al Gore and his 2000 run for president.
Which I'm sure Niederhauser came right out and rebuked his party for, right?
Probably not. I'm sure he probably had a say in the ad.
One thing that Jesse doesn't mention is the mailer that was sent out that stated that Trisha supports legalizing pot, and insinuating that she probably smokes it, which is false. Not to mention the guys in black suits walking the neighborhood telling lies about her.
So, I'd like my friend Jesse to please start looking at facts and not fiction. It will help a lot.