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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Mark Olson, Mary Kiffmeyer Differ on Mark Foley Scandal's Impact on GOP

ECM's TW Budig has an article about the possibility that Rep. Mark Olson may be expelled if found guilty:

Olson doesn’t believe his problem reflects on the Republican House caucus.

People make distinctions between individuals and parties — lumping them together is something the media does, Olson recently argued. “It’s not their (the House caucus’) mistake,” Olson said.

Indeed, Olson dismisses the idea that Republican Congressman Mark Foley — a focus in the recent U.S House page scandal — negatively impacted Minnesota Republican candidates last election. “That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard,” he said of the scandal’s influence.


Mary Kiffmeyer has a different opinion:

Kiffmeyer explained her campaign polling had her with a double-digit lead prior to the Congressional House page scandal.

After the Foley scandal broke, her polling showed her lead halved, she said.

Additionally, Kiffmeyer argues that Minnesota voter turnout suggests people, Republicans, stayed home.

“Without (Congressman) Mark Foley, maybe I could have withstood that,” she said.


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