State Controller Steve Westly has pledged to stay positive – and not attack his opponent by name in TV and radio ads. He says a negative campaign could hurt the Democratic nominee’s chances of beating Schwarzenegger. But he notes, all bets are off if State Trreasurer Phil Angelides goes negative first:
“If my opponent does negative ads against me, look, I will not be John Kerry. I will not sit on my hands for several weeks. We will respond and will respond decisively.”
Angelides has not publicly m ade the same pledge to stay positive.
Dan Newman is a spokesman for the campaign:
“Voters want to know where the two candidates stand on the issue and we’re certainly going to explain to them that controller Westly does not have a plan to fully fund education and balance the budget.”
Newman won’t say whether the Treasurer is planning to go negative or not.