We knew it was coming -- a nasty smear campaign against Nick Lampson. Last week, in a desperate attempt to add credibility to her congressional campaign, Shelley Sekula-Gibbs began push polling in our district.
A push poll is a telephone interview, which tries to disguise itself as a poll, but is really just an effort to push negative and often untrue information about an opponent to households within the district. Our opponent's poll was filled with inaccuracies and outright lies about Nick Lampson's record.
Even more disturbing, her poll was filled with distortions of her own record. For example, our opponent told voters that she had secured "millions" in resources for NASA. Last time we checked, she has never served in any office that could secure as much as one dime for NASA. You would think she could learn a lesson from Tom DeLay about how this kind of dishonesty can come back to haunt you. But, apparently, she has not. So, at least for two months, this district will get "more of the same" from our opposition.
It is unfortunate that our opponent will not be running an honest campaign based on the issues. Instead, she is working on a smoke and mirrors polling effort to make herself look more viable as a candidate, and she is running a campaign of distortion to try and answer Nick Lampson's record of service and integrity.
But we are ready for the fight. Nick is traveling all across the district holding meetings in people's homes, talking to local community organizations, and working hard for every vote. Between our door knocks and phone calls, our field program has reached out to over 60,000 voters to make sure they hear first-hand the great things Nick will do for the people of this district. While our opponent is running so-called push polls to take petty and dishonest shots at Nick Lampson and show pseudo-support for herself, we are going to continue talking to voters about things like fiscal discipline, homeland security, and education.
Soon, we will begin our push on broadcast television and we will begin mailing people in the district. Help us fight the negative, dishonest tactics of our opponent. Make a contribution to our campaign today!
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Lampson challenger lies in new push poll
Here is the email note I received from the Lampson team.