Friday, October 31, 2008

The Sheldon and Ruth show

In this week's column for the Waukesha Freeman (just $.50 at your favorite gas station), I took a look at the Sheldon Wasserman campaign and the Ruth Page Jones campaign. Wasserman is pretending to be a conservative while running against a liberal Republican while Jones is just a liberal running against the conservative Bill Kramer.

On Wasserman:

Like a college kid waking up on New Year’s Day, Wasserman says he’ll never, ever support tax increases again. But the Senate Democrats have huge spending plans, and if he won, Wasserman’s first vote would be for Senate majority leader. Taxpayers can expect it wouldn’t take long for Wasserman to fall off the tax-and-spend wagon again.

On Jones:

If Democrats do not upset state Rep. Bill Kramer, it won’t be for lack of trying. Ruth Page Jones has been hitting doors and spending money.

The Jones campaign finance report from Monday showed that she already has spent more than $20,000, and she claims more than $24,000 on hand heading into the final week. Jones has shown a personal commitment to the campaign of $1,500 in an actual contribution, and $15,000 in loans to the campaign.

Meanwhile, Jones has been hitting doors. She told me she’s been getting a good reception at the doors and that she’s really enjoyed that part of the campaign. Her volunteers have been out, too, dropping off her education hit piece.