Guv laugh track: Minnesota GOP dons tracker T-shirts; DFL whacks ‘political stunts’

GOP trackers Jordan Hanson and Abby Michaud posed today with a cardboard cutout of DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton at the State Fair.
MinnPost photo by Jay Weiner
GOP trackers Jordan Hanson and Abby Michaud posed today with a cardboard cutout of DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton at the State Fair.

File this under: “Be careful what you wish for.”

Ten days ago, angered by what he saw as disruptive behavior by Republican Party trackers, DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton called on the GOP to rein in the folks who follow him with mini-cams.

Among other things, Dayton’s campaign manager Dana Anderson wrote to Republican candidate Tom Emmer’s campaign manager Cullen Sheehan and GOP chairman Tony Sutton to have “your trackers wear a t-shirt, a hat, a button, or something that clearly identifies them as staff of the Republican Party or the Emmer Campaign to voters when they are intentionally causing these disruptions.”

In response to Dayton’s request, the GOP unveiled tracker T-shirts today at its State Fair booth during what Sutton called a “Republican fashion show,” complete with a life-size cutout of Dayton as a prop.

The fronts of the shirts, with a pointing finger are — er, ah — self-explanatory, as you’ll see in the photo here. The backs identify the trackers by using the GOP’s web address to drive viewers to its site. By the way, as you might suspect, the fingers point to the left, as anyone affiliated with Emmer will always be to Dayton’s right.

According to GOP spokesman Mark Drake, trackers Abby Michaud and Jordan Hanson will wear the shirts while they track Dayton on the State Fair grounds over the next 10 days. Then, the shirts will be placed in the GOP’s archive of fun tricks.

Dayton’s campaign declined comment, but the Minnesota DFL came out swinging. DFL spokesman Donald McFarland said: “This is a campaign about the future of Minnesota, not about political stunts. Tom Emmer says he wants to be governor of Minnesota. Are we just going to have four years of political stunts? Minnesota deserves better.”

But there’s a chance the GOP will keep listening closely to Sen. Dayton for guidance. Said GOP Deputy Chairman Michael Brodkorb of Dayton: “If he has any future requests, we are all ears.”

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Comments (12)

  1. Submitted by Paul Scott on 08/26/2010 - 01:57 pm.

    Brodkorb and Sutton are the gifts that keep giving. These shirts just showcase the fact of their party being so very mean spirited and small. And let me tell you, that is not a cool vibe for the state fair.

  2. Submitted by Bill Gleason on 08/26/2010 - 03:06 pm.

    Please just stay far enough away to not interfere and close enough to embarrass yourselves…

  3. Submitted by Brian Simon on 08/26/2010 - 03:13 pm.

    The shirts are amusing. But I wonder if they’ll backfire. While nobody really likes taxes, most reasonable Minnesotans understand that you get what you pay for & the ‘no new taxes’ crowd has created a lot of problems in this state.

    I attribute much of Pawlenty’s past electoral success to his ability to come across as reasonable, even if he turned out not to be. Emmer hasn’t yet learned that lesson – the rest of us ought to thank him for his honesty, which is keeping him polling in the 30s.

  4. Submitted by Jeremy Powers on 08/26/2010 - 03:25 pm.

    Oh, please, oh, please, oh, please wear those T-shirts in reality. I can take video of the two of you catching crap (instead of stepping in it and not knowing what it was) from all of the people who will come to events to actually listen to what Dayton has to say.

    You two “trackers,” if this is the best job you can find in politics with a college degree, you might want to look to the sanitation industry where they will teach you the difference between manure and mud.

    Normally tackiness and irony are not the same, but in this case it really is.

  5. Submitted by Bill Gleason on 08/27/2010 - 09:11 am.

    In case anyone missed Jeremy’s amusing reference,

    from the Strib (8/19/10):

    On her Twitter account, Michaud lists her occupation as GOP researcher and “professional stalker.”

    Michaud was walking alongside former DFL gubernatorial candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher on a farm near Moorhead during the primary campaign. Kelliher is fond of playing up her rural upbringing, but Michaud is quick to admit “I wasn’t raised on a farm” and recalls that she had attended the event “in a dress and kind of nice shoes.”

    Suddenly, Michaud stepped in something and exclaimed, “Ah, I got mud all over my shoes.” To which Kelliher replied, “Sweetie, that’s not mud.'”

  6. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 08/27/2010 - 09:14 am.

    Future DFL tracker tee shirt: “I’m looking for Tom Emmer’s plan, has anyone seen it”

  7. Submitted by Mohammed Ali Bin Shah on 08/27/2010 - 12:17 pm.

    Richard,

    Yes, we have.

    1) Pay for the constitutionally mandated items.

    2) Prioritize the rest.

    3) Do not spend more that we have.

    Although your attempt at humor was pretty funny. Misdirected, but funny. Gotta give you that.

  8. Submitted by Mohammed Ali Bin Shah on 08/27/2010 - 12:21 pm.

    From the you have got to be kidding department:

    Dayton’s campaign declined comment, but the Minnesota DFL came out swinging. DFL spokesman Ronald McDonald said: “This is a campaign about the future of Minnesota, not about political stunts like whining about something the DFL has done for years. Mark Dayton says he wants to be governor of Minnesota. It is time for him to cowboy up and deal with reality. Are we just going to have four years of political stunts and constant whining from the failed Senator? We wanted Marge to rnn against Emmer,and even endorsed her, but we got Dayton instead. Minnesota deserves better.”

  9. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 08/27/2010 - 01:24 pm.

    @ #7
    What does that all that fluff mean? Put some numbers to the slogans so we as voters can have “useful” information to evaluate Emmer’s proposals.

    To date, only Tom Horner and Mark Dayton have done their homework and turned in their assignment. As of today Tom Emmer has an incomplete assignment. No one can evaluate slogans. You shouldn’t confuse “slogans” with a plan Mohammed.

  10. Submitted by Mohammed Ali Bin Shah on 08/27/2010 - 05:19 pm.

    The number is $32B, the amount that is expected to come in. The Amount to spend is therefore is $32B, MAX.

    See, not so hard. Why do you and other liberals want to make it so hard by spending more than we have?

  11. Submitted by Mohammed Ali Bin Shah on 08/27/2010 - 05:20 pm.

    On their Assignments, Dayton agan gets an F, and Horner gets a D. Tom is the only one that has grasped the concept that you can only spend what you have.

  12. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 08/27/2010 - 07:43 pm.

    When the voters actually get to see Rep. Emmer’s numbers and how they relate to his plan, only then will the voters have the information necessary to fairly evaluate Emmer’s proposals.

    If one happens to be a partisan and votes party line, then slogans will do the trick as these voters have already made up their minds. Once again, don’t confuse propaganda/slogans with a plan.

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