Yep, I’m talking about the race between Rep. Diane Sands and former Missoula City Council member, Dick Haines.
I’ve met both candidates and I’ve mentioned this before, back in early September when I wrote about the Busy Political Mailing Day in Missoula. At this point I’ve received about 3 to 4 pieces of mail from Diane Sands and just one from Dick Haines. And that’s not good...for him.
Most of the time Diane depicts a great image, like in this mailer here:
Now let’s get to the mailer I got on the same day or about then. This one is just great political gamesmanship and maneuvering right here, folks.
Well who the hell’s that? Who knows…who cares…that’s the point. No one’s going to go digging, not when I’ve got that young boy suffering because of the policies put into place by Dick Haines. Don’t ask me what those policies are – you’d have about as much luck getting ‘em out of me as you would with that young boy there – but I know they’re bad.
How do I know that? Well shit – just flip the thing over!
I’ve met Diane Sands and I’ve watched her in a room. She’s good, she knows how to work people, make friends, and get what she wants. I’m glad she’s on my side, because I’d hate to have her against me.
On the flip side, I doubt there are as many in the legislature that can go toe-to-toe with Diane Sands when it comes to a debate. And when it comes to women in the legislature, she might be on the top when it comes to effectiveness.
These are damn good political mailers and I feel future Montana political candidates can learn a lot from them, and from Diane Sands.