Although the month of January marks the start of the election season when it comes to the GOP presidential race, it also brings with it a special election in Oregon. Voters will be replacing Democratic Congressman David Wu with either Democratic candidate Suzanne Bonamici, or with Rob Cornilles.
Just make sure you don’t call Cornilles a Republican. He apparently doesn’t like that.
Despite running previously as a Tea Party candidate, Cornilles is still being shy about putting his party signature on his candidacy this go around. His first ad appeared to be stolen straight from another Oregon politician, a Democrat to boot, and wasn’t even filmed in his district. Now, Cornilles has released another ad, and his party affiliation is once more mysteriously missing.
Roll Call writes: “The Cornilles ad, which features the candidate and his wife, plays up the fact that Cornilles is a small-business owner. It concludes with him saying, ‘We have to focus on bipartisan solutions that create real jobs.’…It makes no mention of his political party in this solidly Democratic district.”
But Politico thinks that the Republicans aren’t the only ones feeling vulnerable in this special election, and cites the fact that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is running ads on Bonamici’s behalf as a show of nervousness as well. “In this environment, we’re not taking anything for granted especially when the Republican is untrustworthy and trying to hide his extreme tea party positions,” a DCCC spokeswoman told POLITICO in a statement
The Oregon special election will be on January 31st, 2012.
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