Lurk Manor isn't middle-of-the-road, but is in the middle of the 35th SD -- where we've YET to see a mailer from the Tom Harman campaign -- that's in contrast to the growing pile on the kitchen counter of Diane Harkey pieces that are hammering Harman for being weak-kneed on illegal immigration and taxing baby diapers.
Matt Cunningham at the FlashReport Blog examined that this afternoon: The 35th SD Special Election Keeps Heating Up. In part,
The 35th SD special election is only six weeks away (April 11). Dana Point Councilwoman Diane Harkey has been campaigning hard -- at least eight campaign mailers to date, including an absentee ballot program. Two of the mailers hit Assemblyman Tom Harman hard on his votes for tuition for illegal immigrants and sponsorship of the diaper tax [by the way, OC Blog has been posting the mail as it goes out -- click here for an overview]. Harkey has the endorsements of just about every major OC GOP political leader, as well as Lincoln Club and the HJTA. The New Majority will likely make a decision in the near future.
Today, this simple, hard-hitting Harkey ad began airing on local cable channels, contrasting the two candidates on illegal immigration. I'm not sure what to make of the Harman campaign. Other than two taxpayer-funded "constituent communications" that went out to 87,000 voters on the topics of the Taxpayer Protection Act and stopping illegal immigration, Harman hasn't mailed a single piece, as far as I can tell.
We noted Harkey's TV ad on Fox News within the last hour. With the election just seven weeks off, we're wondering when Tom's going to really start campaigning, or if he's even got the money left (outside the taxpayer-funded part, of course) to make a serious run at it.