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Friday, May 05, 2006

Shawn Towle Responds: I wasn't Dating Kathleen Murphy - it was Friends With Benefits

The Drama Queen posted his story over on the Minneapolis Issues list. I posted the item I had on this yesterday. According to Michael Brodkorb, Mike Erlandson's campaign is very interested in this particular story.

Shawn Towle Responds over on Minneapolis Issues after Brodkorb posted his "Exclusive" over there. I ofcourse used that opportunity to plug Lloydletta's Nooz and posted my view on this soap opera. Shawn Towle:

In regards to the "controversy" over Checks & Balances and unauthorized

First off, David Brauer's reference to this being something like a domestic squabble is totally off base and it is a wrongly directed, misguidedly concluded and simply a stupid conclusion that David came to of his own accord. I will admit I have socialized with Ms. Murphy but would never characterize it as dating, more like a FwB situation. And if you can not understand the reference I will not elaborate. The undermining of Checks & Balances by someone in violation of a previous level of trust while having unique access into a resource is wrong no matter what the justification. Failing to respect a privilege and then taking an unwarranted opportunity based on political advantage is just wrong. I believe M. Kathleen Murphy chose to use or share her access to Checks & Balances with someone else in order to change the story for the benefit of the Ellison campaign. Now I will go on record stating I am not a supporter of any in the 5th Congressional District race, in fact Checks & Balances has criticized many candidates who have put themselves forward from Ember Reichgott Junge to Rebecca Yanisch, and it is not only one person's words, but voice we have
given to others. Some may not like what we have to say, but that is their

There are a number of people in this process who have been able to elevate themselves to higher reaches than they are entitled, one such person is Michael Guest. Guest has traded for far too long on his progressive credentials as a political operative, but in reality is he has failed to ever deliver a positive result. Far too many times Guest has played the role as a mere token component for organizations with desire to connect with the left side of the equation and they fail to succeed in their goals due to Guest's ineptness and political failings. Guest is not a major player in the scheme of Minnesota politics and he never will be. He is a bit player
in a carnival show without a second act.

In general there is a great deal of effort by a number on no accounts trying to dispute what has been written in Checks & Balances and if we have failed to scribe the truth then it is our fundamental lacking, but if we have then we have been forerunners to the outcome. On the results will decide the truth not minor sycophants seeking to have their few minutes of attention.

This isn't going over well with other list members. From Barry Clegg:

This seems a little over the top.

Mr. Towle had an issue with an ex-girlfriend (not a girlfriend he claims - but a "friend with benefits" which makes this even MORE complicated). If it's really an issue in the campaign, he should have blogged about it. But instead, he leaked it to Michael Brodkorp, a Republican flak and blogger.

I'm not sure what the motivation was there - Brodkorb knows there won't be a credible Republican in this race - so his highest and best use was to throw as many monkey wrenches as he could into what is for practical purposes a DFL intramural discussion - which he dutifully did.

Then Mr Towle posted on this list, and launched a bitter personal attack against Ellison campaign manager Michael Guest, for reasons that are seemingly completely personal and unrelated to any issues in the campaign.

Now, to me this is either a painfully personal dispute that has no place on this list or a bizarre last minute attempt to sabotage a campaign that is one of the 3 or 4 frontrunners, which we should all take with a grain (or plateful) of salt.

The convention is tomorrow. Let's not get all wingnutty at the 11th hour.

Barry Clegg
Nicollet Island

The Drama Queen got the Drama he wanted on his own blog. From the comments over there.

Looks to me like she did him a favor. He's a douchebag anyway.

Comment by DJZ — May 4, 2006 @ 8:50 pm

So, I find out that Shawn Towle is laying the lead pipe to Ellison because that campaign refused to buy an ad on his page.

He is known as a pay to play kind of guy. What would be great is if you could contact the DFL campaigns over the last five years and talk with them.

Unethical and a joke among anyone that writes for a living - or for fun. He's joke among the political environment, with people leaking him information in the dark so that no one's accused of being friends with the loser.

I can't stand 90% of what you post here on MDE but, I know what drives it. Partisanship, not dollars. Towle is partisan to whomever is lining his pockets and maybe Democrats will see this now and let him whither on his pathetic vine.

Comment by DJZ — May 4, 2006 @ 9:23 pm

DJZ, I'd be interested in hearing more specifics. Did you talk to Ellison's campaign - and who did you get that from?

Comment by Eva Young — May 4, 2006 @ 10:15 pm

The scenario regarding and accusation sounds familiar. DJZ is implying something about a pundit, namely that he is writing negative things as payback for not buying his services. DJZ doesn’t back it up with any specifics. What would the DFL campaigns say if we talked to them? Is there any direct evidence (e.g., someone was told to buy an ad or else there would be negative stories), or is it just circumstantial (bad stories appeared only after ads were turned down)? Or is this simply water cooler gossip?

Need more info before we can accuse Checks and Balances of this. MDE was sued for an circumstantial implication, and he had many more details about a campaign being approached (the substance of which still has not been disputed to my understanding, only whether the approacher was working for the pundit at the time). Need more details if you are going to make that charge, DJZ.

Comment by Peter S. — May 4, 2006 @ 11:27 pm

Sorry Eva, if I talk to anyone it will be to help expose Towle for what he is. He gave the information to MDE so this is where I'll keep it online.

However, if the Ellison or any campaign files extortion charges, I will be more than happy to speak to them on the record. Towle has a history of this kind of extortion that is ironically documented on his site.

It's not only extortion but a helluva way to get back at his former girlfriend, Kathleen Murphy. She had access because he gave it to her.

Class act all the way.

Comment by DJZ — May 5, 2006 @ 12:00 am

Of course I got it. And, I assume you're not an attorney but allow me to put this forth, circumstantial evidence is admissible as evidential support. You watch too much Law and Order.

What I'm telling Eva is that on here, it will remain hearsay, it's not really self serving to 'try' this on the pages of MDE. Towle publishes rumors without much backup so, I am doing the same here. The difference is that yes, individuals will tell you that he has done exactly what you wrote.

MDE’s case was different. He only had the evidence that appeared to be the case on the surface. I'm telling you, there are at least two who will say paying to play was the name of the game and they were told this directly by Towle.

By the way, MDE got a raw deal as his case was really about Olson exposing him. Any interview Olson did will reveal how incredibly weak his case is.

Comment by DJZ — May 5, 2006 @ 7:31 am

Gary Schiff for mayor? Absolutely not. Minneapolis has too much Gary Schiff type thinking as it is. What a disaster that would be.

Comment by Tommy R. — May 5, 2006 @ 8:59 am

I’m amazed how much attention people give Checks and Balances. Sorry to say I agree with comment #1 in entirety. This is also a non-story. He gives someone access to edit content and then complains when that person edits the content? Please. In addition, what Shawn Towle wrote was irresponsible and exaggerated rumoring in the first place. I'm disappointed people take this seriously at all.

Comment by Aaron Landry — May 5, 2006 @ 9:50 am

On a website where the author can rarely even master spelling and grammar, where predictions are about as accurate as a coin flip, and where the author has several big axes to grind, I have a hard time believing the authenticity of the accusation.

And, if Shawn is so confident of the facts, why is he not printing any of the allegations on his OWN SITE? Seems to me, he has a hunch, and wants you to run with it so, if a libel lawsuit is filed against anyone, it is you and not him.

How tragic it must be to be outsmarted by Shawn Towle.

Comment by Spellchecks and Unballances — May 5, 2006 @ 9:59 am

So, we now know that Shawn Towle is so stupid as to not change passwords on his website after a woman dumps him? (btw - note to any woman even remotely thinking of dating Towle, check around first, get feedback before you make that mistake)

Comment by waffletushie — May 5, 2006 @ 10:21 am


Checks and Balances kinda sucks anyway, I think our lot are the only people that pay any attention. It's not like editing something there is going to swing anything at CD5 tomorrow anyway, so really…*laysHeadBackDownOnDesk".

Must be a slow news day…MDE always seems to amp these much to-dos about nothing. Extortion charges? Yeah, that'll happen. Keep trying to make the paper Michael…btw, are you or are you not on the GOP payroll doing OR on Amy? Come on….dish dish…you might get some press!

Comment by jonDavid — May 5, 2006 @ 10:38 am

Not just stupid enough to not change the password, but to give the password to her in the first place.

I also don't like the spin on the story regarding her removing things for Ellison's gain. It was removing stuff that was plainly unsubstantiated rumor.

Just to add to my displeasure, Shawn Towle also runs a ship that forces you to receive solicitations via email in order to have access to the site. That in addition to his general arrogance in his writing, I hope this incident begins the demise of Checks and Balances.

Comment by Aaron Landry — May 5, 2006 @ 10:39 am

To clarify on what I said about "removing stuff that was plainly unsubstantiated rumor…" — that is — of course if these allegations are even true.

Comment by Aaron Landry — May 5, 2006 @ 10:41 am

Wow, talk about character assassination. Everyone knows Shawn is a hardcore partisan Dem and yet here are his lefty co-horts throwing him under the bus. It seems like all the Dems around here have become scientologists since any dissent is crushed by personal attacks. Apparently Shawn needs to learn to "towle the party line" a little more closely….

Comment by P.J. — May 5, 2006 @ 10:59 am

Interesting that Towle claims to be unbiased and then he says that he has DFL operatives editing his site? The other interesting thing to note is that the only candidate that has an ad on his site is Mike Erlandson. Maybe he "paid" to play and the whole drama is made up…..

Comment by Es — May 5, 2006 @ 11:05 am

Umm P.J., its not dissent, its sly character assasination hiding behind his page. Towle is NOT one of us (Dems). He’s a whore who will screw for the money only. DJZ was right on with that one.

1. Is his page a fallacy of grammatical errors?
2. Is he critical of those who pay for space on his site?
3. Is he a douchebag?
4. Does he have ex-girlfriends and Democratic operatives working his “non-partisan” site for their advantage?
5. Is he a douchebag?
6. Did this so-called Lefty use MDE to float his crap before posting it on his own site?
7. Is Donald Rumsfeild a douchebag?


Comment by Yes- I read MDE too!!! — May 5, 2006 @ 11:50 am

Character assassination??? Give me a break, nice try.

Am I, or is anyone else, supposed to support people just because we're from the same party? I don't think Towle shares the values of most DFLers.

And how is people calling his site out for sucking, his writing for being shite, and his tactics as proof of his being a douchebag, us throwing him under a bus? Seems to me he dove under the bus….and with gusto!

Comment by jonDavid — May 5, 2006 @ 12:14 pm

Oh what a world, what a world..... I think this is between Gail Dorfman and Keith Ellison. The DFL endorsement will matter (which it didn't when Erlandson was chair) because Brian Melendez has been a leader in focusing on what is important - having a topnotch voter database.