** As Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger continues his very small TV ad buy, leading Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Westly, the ex-eBay honcho-turned-state Controller, is shifting the mix of his buy to a new spot on education. The ad for Westly, who taught at Stanford, focuses on teacher training as a priority, keeping promises on education funding, and the state Lottery. State Treasurer Phil Angelides is also reportedly planning a shift in his advertising strategy, perhaps to a weightlifting-themed spot in which an Arnold lookalike fails at a lift, to further draw the contrast between his views and those of Schwarzenegger.
** Well, they’re at it again and, oddly enough, I didn’t get the attack memo that started this round off. Democratic gubernatorial candidates Phil Angelides and Steve Westly attacked each other again today. And the missive that started it off — an attack by Angelides on Westly’s tax amnesty/tax collection program and the controller’s honesty about it, or lack of same — never found its way to me. Strangely, I did get a couple other things from Angelides today, including his fulsome praise of the resigned-under-fire Rob Reiner. Westly replied with a blast at Angelides for the attack, and for evidently blasting Westly on Al Franken‘s radio show for allegedly praising Schwarzenegger for cutting funding for autistic children. I have unreturned calls into the Angelides campaign on this exciting stuff. As readers know, I’ve chided both campaigns for a destructive tit-for-tat, and published a Sunday column on Warren Beatty‘s hard-edged call to the campaigns to avoid negativity in the primary.