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Negative Campaigning Moves to the Web

Negative campaigning isn’t just for TV anymore.  This cycle, it seems, the “negative website” has become all the rage.  Here are two recent examples:

This site spoofing gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist has hit a nerve here in Tallahassee and has spread like wild fire.  Here’s an article about the web ad.

Meanwhile, in Ohio, Jim Petro has launched a website to attack Ken Blackwell.  The website accuses Blackwell of being a hypocrite.  The Blackwell camp has responded by pointing out Petro’s hypocrisy on the life issue (As recently as 1998, Petro was endorsed by a pro-abortion rights group).

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Mr. Lewis has managed political campaigns and served as director of grassroots for the Leadership Institute, as well as political director for GOPAC. In 2002, Campaigns & Elections magazine selected him as a "Rising Star of Politics." He is the author of "Teaching Elephants to Talk." His blog can be read at

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