They at least could have gotten Sam Elliott. Or maybe Morgan Freeman or Will Arnett or James Earl Jones.
The Carolyn Long campaign at least could have gotten some rich baritone to dub into the commercial over my not-made-for-TV voice. There is a reason, after all, that I am in newspapers rather than television or radio.
Instead, the Long campaign left my voice in the clip of The Columbian Editorial Board asking Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler whether she is going to vote for President Trump. And they show Herrera Beutler answering that, yes, she will vote for Trump. The ad is designed to link Herrera Beutler to Trump. Which might or might not be a wise strategy, considering that Trump won Washington’s 3rd Congressional District by 7 points in 2016.
Anyway, the odds are that you have seen the commercial. It is part of Long’s effort to unseat Herrera Beutler, a five-term congresswoman. And it is part of a fractious battle between the candidates.
Both candidates (disclosure: my daughter has volunteered with the Long campaign) are spending plenty of time and money filling the airwaves with commercials designed to portray themselves as folksy folk who can best represent the district, or portray their opponent as somebody who is wrong for Southwest Washington. Hey, that’s politics. And the campaigns’ financial disclosures demonstrate how tense this race is.