Last week, the DFL’s media allies at the City Pages launched a massive personal attack on a former legislator. Included in their article was a picture of the legislator in skimpy, though not racy, clothing.
Consider this the opening shot of the 2014 election. The DFL knows they’ll get trounced if they run a traditional, on-the-issues campaign. They know this because the DFL legislature didn’t listen to the people. They passed their special interest supporters’ wish list, including child care unionization, repealing the Basic Skills Test for teachers and massive tax increases.
Tax the rich was the DFL’s mantra but soak the middle class is the reality. The DFL repeated the Obama campaign’s mantra about the war on women and working families. Working families is code for union households.
The last weekend of the session, the DFL waged a war against women by pushing AFSCME’s and SEIU’s unionization legislation that small businesswomen have rejected.
Included in the DFL’s assault on Minnesota families was their repeal of the requirement that teachers have to pass a basic skills test to teach. Thanks to the DFL’s coziness with Education Minnesota, that requirement was repealed this session.
A political party that raises taxes on the middle class, eliminates requirements that guarantee a quality teacher in each classroom and wages war against small businesswomen isn’t looking at a good election cycle. They’re staring at a political disaster in the making.
That’s why they’re gearing up their smear campaign machines early. They’re sending the signal that they won’t hesitate in carpetbombing anything or anyone that stands in their way of holding onto total political control in 2014.
The Alliance for a Better Minnesota, the DFL’s communications arm, has a history of making things up about candidates. Here’s part of their carpetbombing campaign against Tom Emmer:
Settle in high flying corporate executives, because Tom Emmer’s Minnesota is going to be more fun than your last trip in a golden parachute. Here in Tom Emmer’s Minnesota, we believe that paying for good schools and hospitals is the job of the unwashed masses. That’s why the slightly regressive taxes of the past have been replaced by a massively regressive tax code in Tom Emmer’s Minnesota.
In Tom Emmer’s Minnesota, we don’t even care if you have your interns set up post office boxes all over the world to avoid paying your taxes. Even if those funds would go to fund nursing homes and other medical facilities, in Tom Emmer’s Minnesota we want nothing to get in the way of the gobs and gobs of money coming your way, not even fair play.
Rest assured, my very rich friend. This isn’t just a one-time deal. You can trust that in Tom Emmer’s Minnesota, solid investment in good schools, nursing home facilities, clean lakes, fixing roads or health care for “regular folk” will never get in the way of your extreme wealth and stealthy tax maneuvering.
Here’s the key part of what FactCheck.org wrote about ABM:
Minnesota’s race for governor is pitting corporate money against money from labor unions and wealthy Democrats. So far, the misleading attack ads are all coming from the liberal side, and the corporate side is being badly outspent to boot. The Alliance for a Better Minnesota, a group funded by labor unions and the family of Democratic contender Mark Dayton, has raised nearly $1.7 million so far.
GOP legislative and gubernatorial candidates best prepare for an intense campaign of lies from ABM and the DFL. It’s clear they can’t run on their accomplishments because they don’t have any.