This has been such a serious year, I'm glad to see a little low comedy:
Calling all cars, please check out disturbance on Texas' broadcast airwaves. We have a report of state politicians attacking one another using police cruiser dashboard videotape.
New commercials in the governor's race and a state Senate race in Austin use police video from traffic stops to portray Republican Gov. Rick Perry and Democratic Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos in a less-than-favorable light.
Experts say these ads may mark the first time in U.S. political history that the relatively new technology of police dashboard video has been used in negative campaign advertising.
"I can't think of another one," said University of Texas political scientist Bruce Buchanan. "It's potentially very powerful."
Democrat Tony Sanchez's commercial features Perry when he was lieutenant governor in video shot from a Texas Department of Public Safety patrol car. It shows Perry urging a trooper to "let us get on down the road" after an aide driving Perry was stopped for speeding.
Another commercial features video of state Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos, D-Austin, hopping on one leg as he failed a field sobriety test last year. Barrientos pleaded no contest and received a year's probation.
Meanwhile, retiring U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, is using his campaign account to pay for a radio commercial supporting Perry's election.
Gramm praised the governor for his small-town upbringing and dedication to Republican principles. Gramm also blasts Sanchez for spending millions of dollars of his own money on the race for governor.
"Tony Sanchez is spending his family fortune trying to buy what Rick Perry's earned," Gramm says.
"There's some things that are not for sale. My dog's not for sale, and neither is the governorship of Texas."