Monday, November 06, 2006

Westlund Records Robocall for Ted

Having chosen Kulongoski as his endorsee, withdrawn independent goobernatorial candidate Ben Westlund is talking the walk in the final days before balloting closes in Oregon. Unlike the coordinated pattern of harrassing "robocalls" (recorded messages sent to constituent phones via computer dialers) occurring across the country where Congressional races show Democratic leads, Westlund's voice is an indepedent, positive one aimed at other independents--and telling them who offers the best option:
Hello, this is Senator Ben Westlund – Like you, I'm an independent and like you, I vote the person not the party. I vote for what is best for Oregon. And in the Governor’s race, for independent thinkers, Ted Kulongoski is clearly the best choice. He shares our priorities for reforming education and health care – and has real solutions to get the job done.

Being independent doesn't mean going it alone, it means standing with people whose values we share. I hope you will stand with me in support of Ted Kulongoski.

Please return your ballot today and make sure our independent voices are heard. Thank you.
The message went out to 56,000 Central Oregon voters over the weekend, and in my view stands to be a strong message of support that may resonate with NAV's. After all, if a former Republican who ran against both men for months has decided that the Democrat in the race is the better choice, that's gotta be seen as a fairly objective statement of belief. And in a state election where NAV turnout may be the difference between good results and a Democratic wave, it could turn out to be one of the more influential endorsements of the year when all is said and done.

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