It's taken awhile, but we finally able to continue our series of reviews of the first TV ads by Houston's mayoral candidates. Peter Brown came out with one a month ago (not that you see it all that much), and now Annise Parker is on the air.
Here are the five things we take away from Parker's ad:
1. She personally fights crime. Police sirens ominously wailing, a darkened street living in fear, officers trying to get to the bottom of either a heinous crime or a TP-ing of a house? Annise Parker is there, ready to pat the police on the back. Literally.
2. But she doesn't fight it too often. We have to assume this, because the same crime-scene-backpatting footage is used at the beginning and the end of the 30-second ad. Or maybe the campaign was just so proud of that particular backpat that they showed it twice.
3. Actual Houston cops? No back-pats for you. HPD officers can't appear in political ads in uniform, so the cops in this ad have a patch on their sleeve that looks like the logo of a generic security company. It has some kind of eagle on it, as far as we can tell.
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4. Parker doesn't care about finding waste in budgets. Sure, she says she does, but does she visibly wince when looking at a budget like Brown did? No. She just talks calmly to her staff. Not to mention that she never -- not even once -- points energetically like Brown did. Of course, not many people can point as energetically as Brown did in his ad.
5. Who she looks like in the ad: Much tougher to tell than with Brown. Hmmm....perhaps some weird hybrid between Hillary Clinton and a slimmed-down Kathy Kinney, who played Mimi on the Drew Carey Show?