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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Al Franken and Ashwin Madia Target Gay Contributors

Several weeks ago, Al Franken had an ad on Pam's House Blend that had a simple message: "Give Money". Franken gave no reason for people to give money. I found the ad very tacky.

Ashwin Madia is using a much smarter approach to targetting gays for contributions. He published an article on a well read gay blog with a national following about how he successfully defended a gay service man who was discharged under DADT on the eve of hearings about DADT. He cross posted the article on MN Campaign Report. Joe Bodell commented that Madia was being courageous by publishing this article. When polling shows that significant majorities in all segments of the population except for the Leviticus crowd support repealing this policy, it is NOT courageous to take a public stand against it. It's smart politics.

That doesn't take away the fact that Madia makes a strong case for his history of accomplishment in this area. I would predict that his opponent Erik Paulsen, would support the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.

The difference between Franken's and Madia's approach is that Franken begs for money without giving a reason to contribute, while Madia gives his audience a reason to contribute.