Wednesday, February 27, 2008



Seattle drivers, what do you make of this?

The billboard, which faces south from the corner of Western Avenue and Denny Way, states that it was funded by something called "Concerned Citizens for a Better America."

You won't find the group's name on Google, except in a wayward comment thread or two. The group is not registered as a Political Action Committee or with the Washington Secretary of State's corporation division. Nor does it have to be -- based on this billboard, anyway -- because its message neither mentions a candidate by name nor appears too close to election time....

"Whoever did it chose the location carefully -- 'cause it was next to you," [Democratic consultant Frank Greer] said, referring to the P-I [
Seattle Post-Intelligencer]....


Gee, what would you do if you were in a crowded field of 10 candidates for Congress, and you are not one of the more well known politicians? Here's an idea, put a really scary billboard up, and get the voters to notice you! That's the plan for Brian Klock, one of the ten people running for the Republican nomination of Congressional District 22. With more well known names like Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, and John Manlove running, Klock is trying to stand out from the pack. A campaign staffer called me this morning, gleefully telling me that the billboard will refocus the voters' attention on terrorism. In addition, he told me the billboard unveiling news conference will include Bob Perry, one of the most prominent Republican donors. I was also reminded on the phone that Perry is the driving force behind the "Swift Boat" campaigns, and thus making this a very important endorsement....

Both apparently up the same week. Make of that what you will.

Klock, by the way, is trying to stand out in the crowded primary field by vowing last month to eat nothing but MREs until primary election day. I am not making this up.

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