Thursday, October 28, 2004

I did a Google search on "Dylan's Run" the other day and found this column in the Atlanta paper. I had no idea this had happened. We're working on a response.

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Political Insider Column, Wednesday 8.04.04

Hide the children, and keep your finger on the remote. The finish to the 8thDistrict race is getting ugly.

God knows what's happening in the Republican run-off for the 8th District congressional seat. And it's safe to say He's not very happy.

The campaign of Dylan Glenn on Tuesday released a weekend poll of 400 voters that showed him leading Lynn Westmoreland 46 to 38 percent -- 35 to 25 percent among the most committed voters.

It's the reverse of a poll the Westmoreland campaign showed last week --which had Westmoreland over the 50 percent mark. Do remember that Glenn'scampaign peddled a poll before the July 20 that also had him ahead, but this one has Whit Ayres name on it, which is nothing to sneer at.

Another reason to take the Glenn poll seriously is the attack TV ad releasedTuesday by the Westmoreland campaign -- an ad harsh in both its content and racial imagery.

The ad refers to Glenn, an African-American, as a "political opportunist"who drained $100,000 from a charity he established. He then "abandoned the charity and skipped town," the ad states. In reality, he twice drew a$50,000 annual salary from the organization. And he left in 2001 for a WhiteHouse job with George W. Bush, Glenn's campaign argues. The charity was shutdown a year later.

But the most questionable portion of the 30-second spot are two separate images of Glenn, his head lolling on a stuffed chair, as the narrator recounts his losses in 1998 and 2000 congressional races in South Georgia.

Alice James, the Westmoreland campaign spokeswoman, said the images were drawn from an HBO documentary on Glenn, called "Dylan's Run." The two images were actual shots of Glenn reacting to his losses, she said.

Negative ads are usually a sign that a candidate lags in the polls. Not so in this case, James said. The Westmoreland ad is purely payback, for an attack ad that the Glenn campaign began running this week, implying that Westmoreland could be bought by lobbyists.