Political Notebook: Wild, woolly days in ad land

2014-07-18T18:00:00Z 2014-08-05T16:13:45Z Political Notebook: Wild, woolly days in ad landBy Joe Ferguson Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Finally there is something warm and fuzzy in the six-way race to be the Republican nominee for governor.

The campaign team for Scott Smith has put a new website together this week built around a 41-second YouTube ad dominated by talking sheep — the livestock kind, not politicians.

The site, Dontbeasheepaz.com, warns voters not to be fleeced by promises by his rivals — former Cold Stone Creamery CEO Doug Ducey and former GoDaddy executive Christine Jones — to fix the border.

Specifically, Smith believes Jones is trying to ram through a proposal to put 1,200 National Guard troops on the border and send a check to the feds. Smith reminds viewers the state was never reimbursed when a similar action was taken by former Gov. Janet Napolitano.

The spot also trashes Ducey, speaking in a video clip where he argues the state should use satellites to monitor the border, with Smith’s team insisting it is more mindless braying than an actual helpful suggestion to fix the border.

“Satellites? Really? And the Governor controls how many satellites?” the ad asks.

Subsequent videos for the former Mesa mayor’s sheep-centric site are listed as “coming soon.”

We are betting the team will throw a curve, bringing in pictures of lemmings for Round 2.

Thomas draws line; Riggs goes topless

Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas touts his record of standing up to liberal judges, illegal immigrants and the “gay lobby” in his first televised ad.

Fueled by more than $700,000 in Clean Election funds, the Republican gubernatorial candidate took out roughly $140,000 in network television ads in both Tucson and Phoenix this week to make his case why he is the best choice to run the state.

The 30-second spot has the disbarred attorney asking Republicans to back him in the primary before “it is too late,” as a graphic of the Mexican flag engulfs the state.

Fellow GOP gubernatorial hopeful Frank Riggs is also airing a 30-second spot this week, making the decision to go topless for a portion of his ad.

The Army veteran, ex-cop and congressman vows to fight federal overreach and “Obamanization,” lifting hand weights and doing a single pull-up as he speaks.

Riggs, who is in his 60s, says he is the only one strong enough to stop Medicaid expansion, fix the state budget and restart the economy.

The former congressman spent much less, focusing on putting his ads on cable television rather than the more expensive network television market.

Kwasman makes Colbert show

Congressional District 1 Republican candidate Adam Kwasman certainly was on the lips of politicos from across the state, and even the country, with his political faux pas in Oracle this week.

Confusing kids on a bus from Marana going to a YMCA camp with unaccompanied minors from Central America was just big enough to capture the attention of “The Colbert Report.”

The future replacement for David Letterman, Stephen Colbert, took aim at the state legislator on Thursday, scoring a few jokes at Kwasman’s expense during a roughly seven-minute segment on immigration.

Contact reporter Joe Ferguson at jferguson@tucson.com or 573-4346.

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