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Inslee is up with campaign’s first TV ads

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on July 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
July 9, 2012 12:17 pm

Jay Inslee’s campaign for governor announced Sunday he was launching his first television ads of the campaign, running statewide.

It was not clear how much Inslee was spending on this ad, campaign spokeswoman Jaime Smith said.

Inslee, the Democrat squaring off against Republican attorney general Rob McKenna and several lesser-known hopefuls, uses the ad to show he has taken positions that in retrospect may look pretty smart to voters. He voted against the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq and against Wall Street bailouts.

Inslee is a Washington native and his campaign manager Joby Shimomura said:

“Jay is a fifth-generation Washingtonian who has lived, worked and helped raise a family with his wife, Trudi, on both sides of the Cascades,” said Inslee Campaign Manager, Joby Shimomura. “We are starting the next phase of our campaign by highlighting Jay’s deep middle-class roots in Washington, and his vision for job creation and a stronger economy for every corner of this state.”

“Our communications effort is intended to help introduce Jay to the people of Washington. We’re confident that as the people of this state get to know Jay’s middle-class roots, his expertise on clean energy jobs, and his understanding of both sides of the Cascades, they will see why he’s best suited to be our next governor,” continued Shimomura.

McKenna’s campaign and state Republicans have been seizing on news reports that Inslee has been vague or is undecided on state issues – including how to pay for billions of dollars worth of transportation improvements.

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