Wednesday, November 01, 2006

He said, she said

On the heels of my last post, this about accuracy in political ads at Eye on Boise got my attention:
Idaho Superintendent of Schools Marilyn Howard said a radio attack ad accusing her chief deputy, Jana Jones, of spending $500,000 on “frivolous overseas junkets” is “deceitful and unjustified.” Jones is running to succeed Howard as superintendent; the ad was placed by former state Sen. Darrel Deide’s Idahoans for Excellence in Education. No state money was spent on the disputed international teacher education missions that were sponsored in part by the U.S. Department of State, Howard said.

GOP congressional candidate Bill Sali accused Democratic opponent Larry Grant of taking the campaign to a “new low” with an ad citing Sali’s support in a National Taxpayers Union survey for a national sales tax, but not saying he wants to eliminate the IRS as part of the trade-off. “Grant has misrepresented my record and positions in a way that is plainly deceptive,” Sali said.

...and it goes on from there. It's not a problem to show us the claims an counter-claims that the candidates and campaigns are making about each other, but what would also be nice is some information that comes from the public record, or at least not directly from a campaign.

PS - Also, the Eye on Boise post was registered at 11:11 on 11/1. Neat, huh?

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