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Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 12:00 am

There seems to be a new "replacement" for mud-slinging television ads: mud-slinging e-mail spam.

Of course, when I do watch television it's generally of the recorded, commercial-free variety, so I can't say for sure. But I have received e-mail spam from every candidate from Jack Sieglock to Hillary Clinton and John McCain, and many of those in between. Is this a common problem, or just for those of us lucky enough to have our e-mails Google-able?

I'll tell you, though, campaign e-mails are having about the same effect on me that campaign commercials do: turning me against the candidate they allegedly support. In the last election, I ended up voting for several people I recognized only from what was printed in the sample ballot because I was just so sick of everyone else.

Do you think campaign ads are effective? Or do you have the same reaction I do?