** Phil Angelides will launch his long-expected “Twins” ad linking Steve Westly and Arnold Schwarzenegger today. Expect to see a picture of the two men hugging. But not a picture of Arnold kissing Angelides’ campaign co-chairman, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez.
UPDATE: Don’t be surprised if Phil Angelides himself is on hand for the unveiling of his Westly/Schwarzenegger TV ad in Sacramento. This is something almost always left to staff and consultants. But this is the campaign Angelides has always wanted to run, as the “anti-Arnold.”
UPDATE: HERE IS THE ANGELIDES ATTACK AD,”TWINS,” LINKING WESTLY AND SCHWARZENEGGER. With the predicted hug, of course.
5:45 PM UPDATE: IS THIS A STRONG MOVE? OR IS IT A FEINT?
** Expect the pre-election Field Poll for Friday morning publication.
** A bit of intrigue in the intriguing Democratic primary race for lieutenant governor. Univision was expecting to tape a face-off between the three candidates today on its Voz y Voto program, Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi and state Senators Jackie Speier and Liz Figueroa. But Speier won’t be there, her spokesman Nathan Ballard saying: “It wasn’t on Senator Speier’s schedule.”
Here, incidentally, is the new Garamendi TV ad, which boosts him and blasts Speier, whose campaign calls it “misleading.” It could make it sound to the casual viewer like she took hundreds of thousands from Enron, which she did not.
UPDATE: According to her campaign, Speier received $5,000 from Enron, in 2000. In those days, it was not uncommon for Democrats, including Phil Angelides, to raise money from Enron. To be fair, I suspect that Steve Westly would also have received a contribution from Enron, had he been in politics at the time. This being the time before California’s electric power crisis, when Enron and its chief, Ken Lay, were widely regarded as brilliant paragons.
Here is an interesting question. Why does Figueroa have a billboard blasting Speier along the Bayshore Freeway south of San Francisco?
UPDATE: The Figueroa campaign says they have nothing to do with the billboard, that it was arranged by an independent expenditure committee. As it is independent, they don’t know who is behind it.