Friday, October 21, 2011

Air War Underway in City Elections

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 2:00 PM

We mentioned a few days back that Republican Tyler Vogt, who hopes to unseat City Councilwoman Shirley Scott in Ward 4, had an ad up on TV hammering her for spending on Rio Nuevo.

The other Republican candidates have also taken to the airwaves. Republican Rick Grinnell, who hopes to beat Democrat Jonathan Rothschild in the mayor's race, and Ward 2 GOP candidate Jennifer Rawson, who wants to unseat Democratic Councilman Paul Cunningham, both have slick TV ads. Rawson takes Cunningham to task over recent reports of problems with the city's 911 call system, while Grinnell has more of a bio spot that makes the underlying point that the city is on the wrong track.

Taken together, the TV spots add up to a narrative that the current city government has failed its citizens and the GOP candidates represent a change in direction.

On the Democratic side, so far, only Paul Cunningham has launched a TV spot, which is a positive bio piece that you can see above; Scott and Rothschild have been focused on direct mail pieces. We'll see whether that strategy shifts as a result of the GOP campaign.

We'll be talking about the ads on tonight's Political Roundtable, at 6:30 p.m. on Channel 6. Look for more here and in next week's print edition.

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