Utah Policy Daily tagged this ad for Taj Clayton’s campaign as a “prime example” of good political campaigning.
As of this minute, it’s got just under 33,000 hits.
That’s the good news.
Bad news? The “rest of the story is that Clayton lost the primary, to incumbent Eddie Bernice Johnson, who will probably coast to victory in the general election in November (is there even a Republican in the race?).
After redistricting, we live and vote in Johnson’s district, Texas District 30. Johnson won a three-way race, pulling in more than 50% of the total vote against Clayton and local political activist Barbara Mallory Callaway. Clayton had a lot of signs up. I got personal calls from his campaign early on, as opposed to the annoying robo-calls we got from Johnson in the last couple of days before the primary. Incumbency is tough to beat, and even a great campaign ad won’t do it.
Where was Taj when we were in the 24th District, and we needed a good Democrat to beat Kenny Marchant?
It is a good advertisement. Voters would probably like to see a lot more like it, to explain to them who the candidates are, and what the issues in the election are. Ads of this type live in the endangered species zone, when attack ads and negative advertising carry so much clout.
- Taj Clayton: “You have not seen the last of me.” (trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com)
- Eddie Bernice Johnson Handily Defeats Candidate With Obama-Like Resume (huffingtonpost.com)
- Political Observers: Tough Battle For 30th District Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (dfw.cbslocal.com)
- Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson says ‘no one works as hard as I do” (trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com)
- Liberal Leppert, Tea Party Taj Unmasked by Completely True, Fair-Minded Election Materials (blogs.dallasobserver.com)
- Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson cleans up in early voting (trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com)
- New generation challenges some blacks in Congress (seattletimes.nwsource.com)