Night of the Long Knives for Boland
As expected, the race for the 71st District seat between incumbent Mike Boland and Republican Steve Haring has provided the most heat, though not a lot of light.
Haring came out of the chute negative and has stayed there. Boland started out with issues and only belatedly responded to the brutal attacks.
It's obviously a very hard fought race, with Boland getting hit big by negative ad campaigns and attempts to drum up local protests. Boland suffers as well from some in his own party who've long wanted to see him fail who provide faint support at best or may actively work to undermine his campaign at worst.
The race has also been singled out for massive attention in the form of campaign cash and support from both party's state organizations.
Haring came out negative and Boland was slow to respond, seeming to be caught flat-footed. By the time they got something out, the damage had already been done. Sources say that the state Dem party is now renewing their efforts to fend off the Republican onslaught of negativity.
Based on personal observation, it seems that Haring has spend more on mailings and media so far. Boland has sent out several mailers, but they've not been too powerful, and to his credit, have until recently stuck to the issues. Finally, only after relentless demonization by the Republicans, Boland finally sent out a mailing hitting back with a little negative spin himself.
What's the story on this race? What's happening and how will it go?
What do you feel needs to be done for Boland to effectively counter the Rove-like tactics of the Haring campaign?
Will Boland survive against such massive targeting?
And as always, overly emotional and angry comments which sound more like some drunk guy ranting about how evil his ex-wife is will not make the cut. We don't need to hear how you think one candidate or the other is Beelzebub himself, just your thoughts on the above questions.