Elephant skeleton in DFL closet

DFLers in the 3rd Congressional District this week received a flier questioning the DFL soul of Ashwin Madia, who day by day comes closer to winning the party’s endorsement to run against Republican Erik Paulsen for the seat being vacated by Jim Ramstad. In the flier, it’s noted that Madia was a supporter of John McCain for President in 2000 and Bob Dole in 1996. Madia, 30,  doesn’t deny he is a used-to-be-moderate Republican. But he says he’s become true blue, leaving the GOP for good in 2002. As a Marine officer, he voted for John Kerry in 2004 and worked on many DFL campaigns in 2006.

Said Madia spokesman Chris Truscott of the Bonoff flier: “Bonoff headquarters must feel like the Titanic with the band playing until the very end. Sad.”

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Nancy Gertner on 03/26/2008 - 11:43 am.

    Interesting that a campaign is so focused on what another candidate did at age 18 and 22.

    Dole and McCain are both military veterans with notable military careers, so it doesn’t seem so unlikely that a person like Ashwin Madia, who served his country as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps, would choose to support military veterans running for President in 1996, 2000, and 2004.

  2. Submitted by Bill Krause on 03/27/2008 - 11:14 am.

    Who published the flier?

    Sounds like Bonoff going negative again.

  3. Submitted by Christine Docherty on 04/01/2008 - 04:22 pm.

    18 and 22 weren’t that long ago for Madia. He’s asking that everyone take him seriously despite his age and inexperience, while simultaneously saying the positions held while he was even younger shouldn’t be taken into account. I wonder how he’ll feel at 34.

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