You know that attack ads have reached a new level when a candidate for a county judgeship in today's Oklahoma primary is under assault from ... his own daughter.
Jan Schill, the 31-year old daughter of McClain County judicial hopeful John Mantooth, took out a quarter-page newspaper ad that headlines, "DO NOT VOTE FOR MY DAD." The ad goes on to read:
John Mantooth is NOT a good father, NOT a good grandfather & in my opinion ... HE WOULD NOT BE A GOOD JUDGE.
In accounts written up by the Associated Press and the Huffington Post, Mantooth said the bad blood stems from his nasty divorce from Schill's mother in 1981. Mantooth also said he suspects that one of his opponents in today's primary, Greg Dixon, might have had a role in the ad; Dixon was once law partners with his daughter's husband, Andrew Schill. But both the Schills and Dixon deny any involvement on Dixon's part.
Meanwhile, the big Oklahoma news today is the state's gubernatorial primary. Two-term Gov. Brad Henry (D) is term-limited, and many — including me — are predicting a GOP return to the governorship. Both parties have clear frontrunners.
On the Republican side, Rep. Mary Fallin is thought to have a sizable lead over state Sen. Randy Brogdon and two others, while Democratic state Attorney General Drew Edmondson is favored in his party's primary over Lt. Gov. Jari Askins. If elected, Fallin or Askins would be Oklahoma's first female governor.
Fallin, a former lt. gov., is among those candidates endorsed by Sarah Palin; Askins has the backing of former University of Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer. Edmondson's father, Ed Edmondson, was a longtime congressman who ran for the Senate in 1972. His uncle, J. Howard Edmondson, was a former governor who had himself appointed to the Senate following the death of Robert Kerr in 1963.
There is little action to speak of in the Senate contest. Incumbent Republican Tom Coburn, seeking a second term, has nominal opposition in both the primary and the general election. He is considered a sure bet for re-election.
But there is a lot of uncertainty in the 5th Congressional District, where Fallin is leaving to run for governor. In the GOP primary, which CQ Politics' Tricia Miller writes is likely to be decided in the Aug. 24 runoff, the candidates are state Rep. Mike Thompson, former state Rep. Kevin Calvey and college professor James Lankford. The district is overwhelmingly Republican.
Polls close at 7 p.m. Central time.