Laird goes on offensive against Blakeslee
May 26, 2010
The special election to replace state Senator Abel Maldonado is heating up as Democrat John Laird launched a new series of television ads, attempting to link Republican Sam Blakeslee to big oil. [CalBuzz]
Laird, a former state Assemblyman from Santa Cruz, has TV ads telling voters in the district, “that even as an oil slick harms the Gulf Coast, politicians like former Exxon executive and current State Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee are saying, ‘Drill baby, drill.'”
Jerry Roberts, former managing editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, writing in CalBuzz, says that Laird’s $350,000 media buy in Salinas, Santa Barbara and San Jose is likely to make offshore drilling a primary issue in the upcoming June 22 special election. Roberts, who was also editor of the Santa Barbara News press, calls Blakeslee, “the number one water carrier for the Tranquillon Ridge offshore oil drilling proposal.”
Roberts also brings to light Blakeslee’s work for Exxon as an oil executive, after getting his Ph.D. in geophysics, claiming the San Luis Obispo Republican joined Exxon’s Production Research in the Borehole Geophysics Group.
Laird is expected to hammer Blakeslee on offshore oil and especially a controversial 2009 legislature tactic when the voting record of Assembly members on the PXP issue was suddenly expunged from the record. Critics accused Blakeslee, then serving as minority leader, of having the vote expunged, an accusation denied by Blakeslee.
For his part, Blakeslee has introduced his own new TV ad, pledging “to stop to fight the waste and turn California around.”
A new FM3 survey shows the race to be a dead heat–each candidate has about one third of the voters and the final one third remains undecided.