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Friday, December 23, 2005

DFL or Clark Campaign Hit Piece on Dan Ochsner (Ox)

King Banaian explains:

The DFL has dumped a great deal of money on postcards in this last week. Yesterday we got a disgusting one pretending to be a Christmas card from Dan Ochsner, the Republican senate candidate, which when opened screams that Ox has called St. Cloudites "morons" and SCSU "a disgrace". (Frankly, I've had occasion to agree with those comments from time to time, particularly the latter. So too have several of our faculty. If I had a morning talk show five days a week, I might have uttered those words on-air.) It's utterly meanspirited. When I mentioned this at breakfast, the DFLers at the table replied "oh, you should have heard the push-poll someone called me with last night." Um, that's fairly different, and I've had three DFL push-pollers call me this month too.


King sung a different tune, when he parroted creationist John Altevogt's talking points on Professor Paul Mirecki:

The water apparently got too hot for Prof. Mirecki at U. Kansas, the religious studies scholar who when we last visited had proposed to teach a course on intelligent design. We now learn that he has pulled the plug on the course. The good professor heated up his own water by posting about the course on a Yahoo group where he refers to fundamentalists as "fundies".


It seems to me that King gets selectively outraged. It's ok to take something out of context for Mirecki. (Remember that Mirecki's email was sarcastic - the salutation was "to my fellow damned" - because it was addressed to a student atheist group, and the email was signed "Evil Dr P"). But it's mean-spirited for the DFL to use Ox's own words on talk radio against him.

I find this sort of thing from both sides on many issues tends to shut down honest discussion of issues.

Michael Brodkorb is really grasping for straws. He breathlessly claims:

MDE BREAKING NEWS: DFL CLAIMING REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE IN 15B CAN'T RUN

Then he has a screen shot of a DFL e-newsletter which has the headline:

It's official - Sue Ek is off the ballot - and her mom can't run either....


In other words:

The latest DFL Dispatch is claiming Kay Ek cannot run for the House of Representatives in HD 15B.

While Kay Ek will not appear on the ballot, she is running for the seat. Any legal voter in HD 15B can write-in Kay Ek's name on their ballot. Only at the end of the DFL Dispatch does it say Kay Ek is waging a write-in campaign. Why then does the DFL say Kay Ek can't run?

It's clear the DFL's goal is to confuse the voters of HD 15B. The latest DFL Dispatch is claiming Kay Ek cannot run for the House of Representatives in HD 15B.

While Kay Ek will not appear on the ballot, she is running for the seat. Any legal voter in HD 15B can write-in Kay Ek's name on their ballot. Only at the end of the DFL Dispatch does it say Kay Ek is waging a write-in campaign. Why then does the DFL say Kay Ek can't run?

It's clear the DFL's goal is to confuse the voters of HD 15B. Call the DFL Party at (651) 293-1200 and tell them to stop the dirty tricks in HD 15B.


What evidence does MDE have that this is intentional?

I'd put this down to poor writing - that the writer meant "Sue's Mom can't make the ballot either" - rather than meaning literally "her mom can't run either."

This is petty. Why would the DFL mention that Ek was running a write in campaign if they were trying to imply she couldn't do that. MDE's screen shot shows that the DFL does say that Kay Ek is running a write-in campaign. It's clearly a newsletter for party activists - plus moles from the other side. That's what the GOP Newsline is for also.

It's this sort of nitpicking and avoiding the real issues that turns many off to politics.

Update: Andy at Residual Forces comments on this also.

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