For the most part, the only aggressive plank in the Demo runoff between Vela and Denise Blanchard was that Vela wasn't a "true" Democrat," benign fodder compared to the venom spewed by the Bradshaw campaign against Adela.
At a 53 to 47 percent split between them, it'll be difficult for Adela's supporters to reconcile themselves with their candidate and get themselves to vote for Jessica. Besides, remember that the mainstream GOP lined up behind Adela. Bradshaw must have those 4,248 votes cast against her to close ranks against Vela.
Therein lies the rub. Vela, before he saw the light on the road to Washington D.C., was a solid GOP contributor and supporters. In fact, Blanchard's supporters distributed flyers documenting this fact.
Her supporters are hoping that the hard-core right-wing national PACs who would like to nail this seat for the GOP will pump millions into her campaign to see Bradshaw win. To us, that's an unlikely scenarion given Vela's former GOP roots.
If Republican voters and moderate Democrats unite as they have in the past, the scorched-earth policy followed by the Bradshaw campaign will come back to haunt them in November.