by Jeff Woods
on Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 9:44 AM
Karl Dean is sticking to the high road in his TV ad to respond to Bob Clement's tax attack. Dean does swipe at Clement as an old-style politician but otherwise he's content merely to defend himself. Guess Dean feels it's more important to maintain his squeaky clean image. But he missed an opportunity to hammer home the points he made at his news conference this week—that Clement voted in Congress to raise taxes dozens of times and that, while insisting he won't raise property taxes as mayor, Clement is promising the moon. He wants to bid on the 2020 Olympics, create five new Metro programs and build a park for homeless people, just to name three of his proposals.
"The purpose of the ad was to correct the record," Dean flack Janel Lacy says. "It's not an attack ad. Karl's running a positive campaign."
That might make Dean sleep better at night, but it could also cost him the election. Sometimes, going negative is a positive.