Negative Campaigning Begins

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, June 9, 2006

One of the two new ads claims the Republican Governor’s Democratic opponent Phil Angelides wants to move the state backwards by increasing taxes:

“To a time we never want to see again – when soaring taxes forced jobs and businesses to flee our state – that’s where Phil Angelides has promised to take our families” 

Angelides campaign strategist Bob Mulholland says he welcomes the debate over taxes:

 “I learned in Vietnam, if somebody’s shooting at you, you shoot back.  We’re not going to be standing around like some Democrat on the East Coast.  Schwarzenegger is going to be sweating 24/7 for the next five months.”

Both sides are promising aggressive campaigns from now until November, with Schwarzenegger strategists acknowledging they expect a very close race.