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Sources: Bailey takes off gloves in (limited) attack on Wheeler

Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey finally attacked state Treasurer Ted Wheeler as a tool of the establishment with less than a month to go before the May 17 primary election.

Bailey has been polite to Wheeler at all their joint appearances, so far. But the day after The Oregonian endorsed Wheeler for mayor, Bailey cited the endorsement in an email to supporters to paint Wheeler as a big business candidate.

“Ted Wheeler is endorsed by the Oregonian’s conservative editorial board, Portland Business Alliance, and lots of corporate executives and real estate developers,” the email said. “I’m endorsed by the Oregon Sierra Club, Portland Association of Teachers, Art PAC, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, and hundreds of progressive activists throughout our city.”

That’s tame compared to the charges in the Republican presidential primary election. And Bailey’s first TV ad does not mention Wheeler.

Political ads finally begin

Although few candidates in the primary election have done much advertising yet, that should change now that ballots have begun to be mailed to voters. Most candidates with enough money to hire experienced campaign managers hold off their advertising until just before ballots start arriving in the mail, and then start their TV and radio spots, and especially their targeted mailings.

That’s been the pattern, so far, this year. The most noticeable TV ads started appearing about a week ago for Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, Oregon Secretary of State candidate Brad Avakian, and Portland mayoral candidate Ted Wheeler. Ads from at least a few other candidates should be running by now since the first ballots were mailed to voters on April 27.

And frequent voters can expect to receive mailings from candidates and ballot measure committees until they return their ballots.

Council splits on ethics reforms

It should be no surprise that Commissioner Nick Fish gets along better with the rest of the City Council than City Auditor Mary Hull Caballero. After all, Fish spends a lot more time with the rest of the council than Hull Caballero, and he almost always supports their proposals. City auditors historically criticize council spending decisions.

Still, even some veteran City Hall observers were shocked by the different treatment Fish and Hull Caballero received for their ethic reform proposals. The council politely heard and subsequently passed Fish’s proposal to require political consultants to register with the City Auditor’s Office and report their contracts with city officials, just like lobbyists. But Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Dan Saltzman expressed anger over Hull Caballero’s proposal to tighten up the restrictions on former city officials lobbying their former bosses and increase the penalties for violations.

Hales and Saltzman both questioned whether the existing regulations, passed when Sam Adams was mayor, were even necessary. Hull Cabellero has yet to resubmit her proposal for a vote.