Latest Clark ad aims to start some $&!%

WASHINGTON — The most concise analysis I can write about Tarryl Clark’s latest advertisement is that it’s the sort that’s designed to get the media’s attention. To that end, it worked.

The central message of the Clark campaign against Rep. Michele Bachmann is that she’s no longer the representative of MN-06, more the representative for Tea Party-At Large. And at the tail end of Clark’s latest advertisement, that message is delivered in a word — a frank, would-be-profane-if-it-weren’t-bleeped word.

Near the conclusion of the 30-second spot, a female voiceover announcer reads words printed next to a profile picture of Bachmann smiling. The text: “Not doing @#%! for the people of the 6th District.” Watch the full ad below:



“It’s important that voters know that Congresswoman Bachmann hasn’t done jack squat for the people of the 6th District, but she’s done more than her fair share for the special interests in Washington,” explained Zach Rodvold, Clark’s campaign manager, in an e-mail accompanying the video.

“Michele Bachmann hasn’t been able to run a positive campaign based on her record of accomplishments on behalf of the people of the 6th District because there aren’t any. Despite all her talk, Michele Bachmann is squarely on the side of the special interests in Washington, not her constituents. We’re going to keep drawing attention to that fact because voters deserve to know the truth.”

I called Bachmann’s campaign for comment, and will update here if/when they have a response. (Update: It’s a “no comment,” per Bachmann spox Sergio Gor.)

Right-side blogger Luke Hellier of Minnesota Democrats Exposed responded to the ad on Twitter: “I don’t need to use symbols. I can tell you Tarryl Clark wants to tax the shit out of you.”

Update: Clark is getting quite a bit of traction out of this web ad nationally, including in the Washington Post, POLITICO and links to the video from several national reporters.

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Comments (10)

  1. Submitted by Reggie McGurt on 10/05/2010 - 12:38 pm.

    This ad should focus more on all Michele Bachmann does for her self (instead of the focus on “special interests”). There is only one person Michele Bachmann cares about and that’s Michele Bachmann.

    Everyone has seen her mug all over CNN and Fox News, and everyone knows that she (like her BFF Sarah Palin) is a shameless self-promoter. I think that is a charge that would really resonate with voters in the 6th. And it’s a charge that Bachmann absolutely can’t deny.

    The choice is clear: if you want someone who will do her best to get on every cable show on the air, vote Bachmann; if you want someone who will actually serve Minnesota, vote Clark.

  2. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/05/2010 - 01:34 pm.


  3. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 10/05/2010 - 04:39 pm.

    Clark and her advisors have decided to use language that they thought the trailer park rubes of the 6th district could relate to. It speaks volumes of how they stereotype the rural voters who’ve supported Michele Bachmann in the past and will do so again.

    But it says more about Clark’s ignorance than it does about the voters’ if she doesn’t understand how little a congresswoman in the minority party can get accomplished legislatively.

    That will change soon enough though. And don’t be surprised if we’ll soon be calling her Speaker Bachmann.

  4. Submitted by Eric Larson on 10/05/2010 - 07:11 pm.

    Garrison Keillor- You may not like Rep. Bachman or her politics. But she never used profanity in a TV commercial. Today Tarryl Clark did. Now that’s an embarrassment to all of us in the 6th district and Minnesota. I was there in Lake Wobegon (Avon) last July 2nd when you annointed Tarryl Clark to run for Congress. I’ve had it with you and I’m not going to renew my MPR membership. I’m getting so mad at you Twin Citie’s people, I might just send my designated MPR check to Michelle Bachman.

  5. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 10/06/2010 - 06:42 am.

    Although we might cringe at the language, similar language is being used all across the 6th District as the result of the economically tough lives being lived by a lot of Mickey’s constituents.

    The reduction in the quality of their lives is continuing blowback from eight years of Bushco tax cuts for the rich, crony government contracts paid out to each other(enriching themselves with your tax dollars), turning the credit card companies and the Wall Street investment houses loose to strip the poor and middle class of their income and their assets and two wars funded outside the normal budget process, one of which was completely useless and only fought as a personal vendetta against Sadam Hussein with the hope that the money made from distribution of Iraqi oil would enrich Cheney and his cronies.

    Mickey Bachmann has been an avid supporter of everyone of these “punish the poor, impoverish the middle class, further enrich the already rich” policies so in fact, she hasn’t done s__t FOR her constituents, but she’s done a h__ll of a lot TO them: she’s favored and voted for a restructuring of the US economy and government tax policy which impoverished her constituents ten times as much as any tax increase could ever dream of doing.

    If you’re carrying high credit card debts with interest rates that went to the moon AFTER you spent that money or you’re underwater on your house, or your mortgage payment is about to take a big jump, you can thank Mickey and her cronies for making those things possible… and unlike with taxes, where you get some benefit in return for your money, when big finance companies take an ever-bigger chunk of your money, they’re just using it pad their own already-overstuffed pockets.

    The bailout and the stimulus package were necessitated by policies Mickey and her cronies avidly supported, but if you don’t like those high federal deficits, just re-elect Mickey and her cronies and watch us cut taxes on the richest of the rich and go back to destroying the middle class while we descend into a new Great Depression.

  6. Submitted by Tony George on 10/06/2010 - 07:17 am.

    It may be profanity, but at least its an honest response and truthful.

  7. Submitted by Ron Gotzman on 10/06/2010 - 08:17 am.

    First the standard DFL attack ad concerning Social Security and now this ad. Ms. Clark is getting desperate.

  8. Submitted by Tony George on 10/06/2010 - 09:46 am.

    Ron – so you are saying none of us need to worry about getting our Social Security checks if the Republicans get into power? Is that because there won’t be any Social Security checks anymore?

  9. Submitted by Ryan Coleman on 10/06/2010 - 10:46 am.

    Ron – Can you respond to the content of the ad? The first ad was vilified by the media and truth-seeking people – myself included (a DFL member) – but I have not seen a single member of the other major party stepping up and saying what she has done.

    The $%@* is odd, and forgivable; but what has Congresswoman Bachman done for the district, explicit details (and not words) please.

  10. Submitted by Jon Kingstad on 10/06/2010 - 01:24 pm.

    “But it says more about Clark’s ignorance than it does about the voters’ if she doesn’t understand how little a congresswoman in the minority party can get accomplished legislatively.”

    That might be a fair response if Bachmann had actually tried to sponsor and promote any substantive, meaningful legislation (other than the inane anti-fluorescent light bulb bill). Former Rep. Jim Ramstad was in the minority but he also worked with Democrats to promote legislation that actually acknowledged and addressed real problems, (e.g. mental illness and addiction). Bachmann can talk all she wants about how she voted against TARP (during the Bush years), the Health Care Bill (which was substantially the same bill sponsored by Republicans in 1994), and a host of others when she shows up to vote. But she has not even tried to sponsor substantive meaningful or substantive legislation that tries to deal with the real problem of people in her district or the rest of the nation. She has never tried to work with members of the other party to get things done. All she does is whine, complain, lie and call people names. How can anyone try to hold other people to some standard when they have none themselves?

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