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03/03/06 - East Texas

Down To The Wire In Heated Race

by Donna McCollum

At a campaign rally state representative Roy Blake Jr. tells his crowd of supporters, "As you know election day is right around the corner." And it's a corner incumbent Blake and Wayne Christian are taking at record speed. Christian wants his old job back after an unsuccessful run for Congress. Blake wants to hold onto

The issues are important, but they're overshadowed by campaign financing. Blake criticizes Christian for being bankrolled by San Antonio billionaire Dr. James Leininger. "I think it brings into question his ability to effectively represent the district when his support comes from one person who lives outside the district." Christian is taking his defense to the highest level. "Frankly, it's an answer to prayer," said Christian. Be it divine intervention or a way for the growing far right, conservative and often fundamentalist movement to place another Republican of their choosing in office. Christian said, "I think it's a tremendous waste of time to go to Austin and not be passionate about some particular agenda, issue, belief and conservative values and Christian values hav

Blake questions the morality of Christians' hard hitting ads. "(Christian) just uses the radio ads, the TV ads to get out a negative attack ads that actually in this last week border on untruthfulness. They've used every dirty trick in the book," claim

Definitely candidates walk a fine line in campaign advertising. Christian is aware of his critics. He allows his ad agency to utilize popular political ad methods of portraying the opponent in unflattering pictures. "The art work is negative and the art work is intense and I'm more happyand they try to use the scenes that I look betteront he positive ads. That's part of the production, indeed. I can't control all the production and what goes into it, but my rule is no personal attacks." A rule both candidates claim has been broken by their opponent. The judge in this dueling battle will be the voters.

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