For anyone who watches television, they’re hard to miss: A constant stream of ads sponsored by Governor Gray Davis attacking his Republican challenger, Bill Simon. Since the March primary, Davis has unleashed eight television spots, six of them negative, across the state. And with $31 million in his campaign account, he has enough cash to run an ad every week until the November 5 election. Davis´ chief campaign adviser, Garry South, says the ads will keep airing “from this point forward.” Simon, meanwhile, who reported having about $5 million on hand at the end of June, hasn’t run an ad for more than three weeks.
Simon’s spokesman Mark Miner said, “We’ll be up when we need to be up and we’ll have the resources necessary to advertise.”