This campaign season my real life mailbox keeps filling with campaign literature, mostly attack ads.
I got a campaign flier in the mail, from the pro-charter school Stand for Children WA PAC, in which 41st LD Republican State Senator Steve Litzow says “Never Trump.” He’s trying to portray himself as a moderate, despite his being a loyal Republican, having voted with his caucus 98% of the time (and especially when the votes are important).
This summer Litzow lost in the primary to his Democratic challenger, Lisa Wellman.
Indeed, Litzow is too conservative for his district, the 41st, which voted for Obama in 2012, with 45899 votes for Obama to Romney’s 29239. In other words, in 2012 61.1% of 41st LD voters preferred Obama over Romney. See here too. Statewide Obama won 56% of the votes in 2012.
Likewise, in 2012 Democrat Adam Smith beat Republican challenger Jim Postma 34,829 to 19,512, and Senator Maria Cantwell beat Michael Baumgartner 47,129 to 27,167.
Litzow won his seat in 2010 largely due to attack ads funded by the Koch brothers.
Also, on my smart phone I got text messages from a strange phone number, 425-598-3903, with links to youtube videos from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas. The videos accuse Democrats of rigging the elections and of planting violent activists at Trump rallies. Earlier O’Keefe had worked with Andrew Breitbart and attacked ACORN, using highly edited and deceptive videos.