Alliance for a Better Minnesota (ABM) will begin airing a tough new attack ad against Repub guv candidate Tom Emmer, raising Emmer’s two arrests on drunk-driving-related charges as a young man, plus a bill he sponsored to delay and soften penalties for alcohol-related driving offenses, and connecting those dots through the eyes of a mother whose child was killed by a drunk driver.
Emmer was charged with DWI in 1991, when he was 30. He pleaded guilty to a charge of careless driving. The two allegations of drunken-driving in that incident were dropped. In 1981, when he was 20, he also received a DWI-related ticket.
In 2009, Emmer sponsored a bill that would have changed Minnesota law to allow accused drunk drivers to keep their driving privileges while the charges against them were pending and would have lowered penalties for a conviction for impaired driving.
When the Strib wrote about the bill and Emmer’s arrest record, he said: “We all come to the Legislature with life experiences, but it has nothing to do with this bill. This is a good bill.”
The Legislature never voted on the Emmer bill.
I’m seeking a new comment from Emmer in light of the ad.
Alliance for a Better Minnesota is a liberal, labor-linked group that has already started advertising against Emmer. The new ad, the third attacking Emmer, will start airing tomorow and is backed with a budget of $500,000. Emmer had nothing to do with th incident 2007 drunk driving incident that killed John Everson, the son of the woman in the ad, and Jillian Banks. Kevin Roban, the drunk driver in that case, received the maximum permissible sentence of 11 years in prison. Kevin Roban did not have a valid driver’s license and authorities say his blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit at the time of the crash, according to coverage of the case at the time..
This link will get you a youtube of the ad, plus ABM’s backup information.