Feb 25, 2014 7:19 PM

Attack Ads Mark McCombs-Chesney-Baker Race

CORPUS CHRISTI - One of the ads paints the longtime incumbent, Joe McComb, as a clownish political hustler.

The other lays the death of an 88-year-old woman at the feet of challenger Brent Chesney.

There are two challengers in the Republican primary for Joe McComb's seat on Nueces County Commissioner's Court but only one - Chesney - is drawing McComb's attention.

McComb's campaign last week started airing a 30-second ad stating Chesney was soft on crime while he was a county juvenile court judge.

We brought the candidates in today at different times to get their first hand reactions to the ads.

Chesney watched with a level of subdued disgust.

He said he's got thick skin but the ad crosses the line.

"Forget for a minute that it's inaccurate and a lie," Chesney told KRIS-6 today. "The mere fact that he's willing to politicize this tragedy is sinking to a new level in Nueces County politics."

Chesney's ad, while lighter, paints McComb as a man who lies not only about his track record but his opponent while pandering to the Democratic party.

McComb said that he'd not seen the entire ad before today.

He laughed when he watched it.

"Pretty juvenile but I guess if anyone knows anything about a lie, I guess (Chesney) is the perfect example to be doing that," McComb said. "I mean, everything he said in that ad is absolutely false."

But the ads reveal the importance of the race for a county seat which encompasses Southside neighborhoods, Flour Bluff and the Island.

County commissioners have a lot of power - none so important as their vote to raise or lower - what people pay in property taxes each year.

Norm Baker is the third candidate.

He said he could spend his own money but won't.

Ads like these are, in his words, "in poor taste."

But maybe they'll work to his advantage.

"Well, there may be some negative reaction to that and maybe help me out ...I dunno...I guess we'll find out at election time."


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