GOP wastes no time going after Dayton with ad labeling him ‘erratic’

Wasting little time in attacking DFL candidate Mark Dayton, the Minnesota Republican Party unveiled its first TV commercial of the general-election gubernatorial campaign.

The message: Dayton is “erratic” and “too risky for Minnesota.”

Republican Party chief Tony Sutton showed off the ad to reporters just a few hours after Dayton’s victory was confirmed and called him “vulnerable” as a candidate.

More later on this and the DFL’s news conference at 3 p.m.

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Comments (9)

  1. Submitted by Tony George on 08/11/2010 - 02:01 pm.

    Maybe someone should ask Tom Emmer if he still supports gay executions. That might be risky for some Minnesotans, and if Tom Emmer says no, then he’s obviously too erratic in his beliefs. Also DWIs are terribly erratic.

  2. Submitted by Bill Gleason on 08/11/2010 - 02:15 pm.

    Nice to see the GOP starting off on a high plane.

    But I guess if you have someone with as many outrageous statements to his credit as Tom Emmer, this is the way you are going to have to play it.

    But eventually there will be serious questions and the emptiness of Mr. Emmer’s rhetoric will be obvious. Do we want to continue the decline obvious to all that has occurred during the Pawlenty administration? Vote for Tom.

    Could we talk a little about the difference in tax policy between tax the rich and make the rich pay their fair share?

    No, let’s look the other way and claim that Dayton is too erratic.

    Won’t work this time…

    No new taxes – except for property taxes?

    The shell game is over.

  3. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 08/11/2010 - 02:31 pm.

    During his single, shame filled term, his own Democrat collegues in the US Senate described Dayton’s behavior as “confounding”.

    “Erratic” is being exceedingly kind.

  4. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 08/11/2010 - 02:41 pm.

    Minnesota Republicans are perhaps the last significant group of people in America who both read Time magazine and take Time magazine opinions seriously. I wonder what other nuggets of wisdom gleaned from inside the beltway cocktail parties, the GOP will favor us with.

  5. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 08/11/2010 - 04:33 pm.

    I wonder if any of the two DUI mug shots of Rep. Emmer are still available.

  6. Submitted by Patrick Wells on 08/11/2010 - 07:22 pm.

    Republicans have used derisiveness … making fun of well meaning respectable people like Mark Dayton … as a way to subordinate ordinary people by making ordinary people afraid of being ridculed themselves.

    Reality is … as a past Republican, I think think that ordinary people should hold Republicans accountable for causing wars in Iraq and Afganistan and ruining our economy and banking system with deregulation.

    Mark Dayton was right to close his office when the Republicans raised a high security threat alarm. Cheney and his followers were outright lying by raising the alert level in Washington. Dayton was calling attention to the lie.

    As a footnote, Sadam Hussein did not bomb the World Trade Center on 9/11. Most Americans believe Sadam was responsible for 9/11.

    If Sadam did not bomb the World Trade Center, why did we attack Iraq ( Bush said that the Iraq War was an honest mistake?). How many American and Iraqi lives were given for Bush’s “honest mistake.”

  7. Submitted by rolf westgard on 08/12/2010 - 05:38 am.

    Mr. Swift’s comment is as predictable as that ad. Other than the office closing, the ad has nothing specific to support the idea that Dayton’s Senate term was shameful. The ad should backfire exposing the sleaze balls running the MN Republican Party.

  8. Submitted by Joe Schweigert on 08/12/2010 - 09:56 am.

    Honestly, this is no worse than the ads calling Emmer a no-good drunk. I mean, come on, out of all the things to pick you spend money on that?

    Anyway, no surprise here. It does remind me of the ads about Franken beating up that guy at the protest or whatever that was. Hilarious.

    But the “risky” thing is also funny. He’s risky because…Time magazine used his own self-criticism against him? He closed his office during a terror threat? I don’t get it. Good thing all you need today is scary pictures and big bad bold words to get people’s attention. And you can partially thank Time for that!

    Circle of life.

  9. Submitted by bea sinna on 08/12/2010 - 11:37 am.

    Ah, yes, the devisivness is working on both sides. And apparently from what I’ve just read, it’s working well. Why don’t some of you tell us what’s good about your preferred candidate- and try to find something that doesn’t include demonizing one group of folks or another around taxes. I actually know SOME “rich” people who work very hard for their money, SOME “working” people who don’t and SOME who work the system at the expense of others. I also know SOME good people who have learned well from past mistakes such as drinking too much and driving and people who are better people from having suffered through mental illnesses. Let’s see, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton……..

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