Wednesday, June 23, 2010 | 7:14 a.m.
Rory Reid ad
Democrat Rory Reid's first ad of the general election campaign for governor, as expected, focused on education. But the campaign decided for now to stay positive, working on pumping up Reid's flagging approval rating rather than trying to dig at Republican Brian Sandoval.
The ad features Nevada students talking about the importance of selecting a governor who has a plan for Nevada.
The Republican National Committee was quick with a response. Again, the Sandoval campaign has so far stayed quiet.
"While Rory Reid tries to run away from Harry Reid, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree," RNC spokesman Jahan Wilcox said in release. "Nevada’s schools are suffering, because Harry Reid’s education record is so woeful that Nevada ranks dead last in federal education dollars. If Nevadans are happy with Harry Reid’s failed record then they will be in for a real treat if Rory Reid takes hold of Carson City.”
The statement telegraphs the message Nevadans will likely see from national Republicans throughout this campaign: Both Reids are bad.
Meanwhile, as Jon Ralston pointed out in an email Flash this morning, Rory Reid is doing his best to distance himself from his father. He wants voters to know him simply as: Rory.