We haven’t heard much from the Jim Esch for Congress campaign in a while — except that he apparently missed the Obama stadium pep-rally because of Afghanistanarhea, or some such.
Well one of our faithful readers forwarded us the latest in the Esch campaign bag, directly from his mailbox.
Esch is now joining the likes of dollar dry-cleaners, nail salons and granite counter-top fitters, by placing ads in Valpak! (See if you can find it on the right.) You know, that chunky, light-blue envelope that has about a hundred coupons for various stuff that you usually never use?
We can’t say it is a complete waste of campaign dollars. It is kind of like direct-mail…except not. It is a random target-audience. You don’t know if you are hitting likely-voters or even registered voters. And recipients are forced to open the thing, flip through it, and hopefully find the Esch ad underneath the one for gutter-covers.
Compare that to a mailer sent that has your photo and logo right on the front or back, with other eye-catching info. Well, it is probably better than spending six grand on bottles of water…
Speaking of the Esch campaign, a hat-tip to the gang over at the NNN for their interview of Esch. Not a lot of information to base your vote, but it was certainly interesting to hear Jim bitch and moan about the “lies” about him.
Here are a few sample comments:
- “I can almost guarantee that they’ll run just basically lies…”
- “They will lie. I’ll go ahead and say it. I don’t care.”
- “To be honest with you, I don’t read the blogs because I think I’d go insane probably.”
- “Yeah…Most of the stuff they put out there – the innuendo and rumor – will that make the airwaves? I don’t know. They’re pretty vicious statements.”
- “Given a few of the rumors I’ve heard them spreading about me that are so off-base….I’ve actually found some of them humorous….I don’t even think a lot of these have made the blogs, quite frankly. They’re even worse than the things I’ve heard on there.”
- “The more they attack me…that does raise your profile.”
So, first of all, his campaign strategy would seem to be, get the other side to talk about Esch so his name I.D. can go up.
And second — Jim doesn’t read the blogs? Oh really. Well, we happen to know that he at least reads this one, because he has commented here and told us so.
But moreover, what are these “lies” that Jim seems to think that people are telling? There have been the public spats about whether Esch has properly filed his FEC reports. All factual stuff.
Next there was the issue of Esch’s .223 DUI. Esch discussed that on the news and said he was surprised no one else brought it up in the 2006 campaign (since he didn’t).
So again, what are the “lies” Jim refers to? And frankly, why would Lee Terry need to lie about anything? Jim’s record is right there in front of everyone if they want a comparison. And the legislative issues are stark as well. One need only look at their last radio debate to check that out.
So in the end, there are apparently “rumors” out there, that haven’t even made the blogs, that Jim has heard, that are untrue. To tell you the truth, we hear most rumors on this stuff, and we don’t know what he’s talking about. If there’s some big word-of-mouth thing going on, we have yet to hear of it.
Esch campaign, please fill us in. “The blogs” want to know.
In case you, and the rest of the world, missed it, Mike Johanns and Scott Kleeb (a/k/a “Smoky Smokerson” ) debated over the weekend.
All the same stuff came up and you can guess the responses.
Kleeb says Mike Johanns hates Nebraska and would rather leave orphans shoeless out in the snow so that he can line his silk pockets with oil covered gold. Johanns laughed it off and one-linered him later. You know the drill.
What is interesting in this race, is that Kleeb could potentially get blown out. And some Dems are already griping that Kleeb should have sought a rematch against first-term Rep. Adrian Smith instead of trying to topple political -giant Mike Johanns.
Kleeb must have thought losing to Johanns would look better than losing to Smith again. We dunno. But we can tell you the Kleeb bloom is quickly withering. It will be interesting to see how long his political career stays afloat.