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Independent group targets Dayton, and his campaign cries foul

“Lies, lies and more lies” is how Mark Dayton’s campaign is characterizing a new TV commercial that aired last night by the independent expenditure group known as Minnesota’s Future.

The ad takes all sorts of punches at Mark Dayton, repeating assessments that he was once named one of the “worst senators” in the U.S. Senate, and ending with the tag line: “Now Mark Dayton wants to be America’s worst governor.”

Minnesota’s Future is backed by well-known Republican activists and operatives, Chris Tiedeman, and Jeff Larson.

Tiedeman once worked for the Center of the American Experiment, where GOP lieutentant governor candidate Annette Meeks once worked. Larson is a powerful GOP fund-raiser long linked to former Sen. Norm Coleman, former White House political director Karl Rove and, perhaps, most known for having shopped with vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

MPR’s Tom Scheck reports fully on this.

Dayton Deputy Campaign Manager Katie Tinucci said in a release: “Mark has made it absolutely clear that his plan to close Minnesota’s budget hole and to invest in education will raise taxes only on the richest Minnesotans. This attack is especially ironic since it’s Mark’s plan that will prevent property tax increases. And Mark promised in 2003 to vote against any email tax in the U.S. Senate and has never suggested it in this campaign.  Mark is determined to put an end to the middle class carrying the tax burden in Minnesota — it’s time everyone paid their fair share.”

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Comments (9)

  1. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 08/27/2010 - 11:21 am.

    One strike against Emmer on the “tone” front.

  2. Submitted by Mohammed Ali Bin Shah on 08/27/2010 - 12:02 pm.

    Jay, you conveniently left out the part of Katie Tinucci’s statement where she said “Lies from people who don’t identify themselves.”

    I guess since you have easily identified them, and since they ARE LISTED on the MN government’s PAC registration website, calling out Katie on her lie was not a convenient truth, eh?

    I wonder, does Katie apply this same logic to Dayton family members and his ex wife who hide behind ABM and attack Tom Emmer with their millions? Did you even think to ask her this?

  3. Submitted by Mohammed Ali Bin Shah on 08/27/2010 - 12:04 pm.


    You confuse an independent expenditure group with the Tom Emmer campaign.

  4. Submitted by Mohammed Ali Bin Shah on 08/27/2010 - 12:11 pm.

    Katie Tinucci is choosing her words very carefully.

    From PC Magaxine in 2003:
    “In early March, Dayton introduced the “Computer Owners’ Bill of Rights,” which proposes creating a national antispam registry but does not include a charge for sending e-mail. But at the hearing, Dayton promoted an e-mail tax”

    I Katie’s words – “And Mark promised in 2003 to vote against any email tax in the U.S. Senate and has never suggested it in this campaign.”

    So, he proposed it, and then said he would vote against his own proposal? Must have been the meds talking.

    And he didn’t suggest it in THIS CAMPAIGN, but the liberal boy wonder DID INDEED suggest it. Can’t get around that Katie, can you?

  5. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 08/27/2010 - 12:45 pm.

    It’s REALLY too bad we can’t limit the campaign season to 6 weeks, like some civilized nations do. We still have to endure this for two more months, and the “quality” of the “discussion” seems unlikely to improve just because we devote more time to it. I don’t watch much TV as it is, but I’ll be watching even less, or at the very least hitting the “mute” button, until the election is over.

  6. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 08/27/2010 - 02:19 pm.

    Boy, Dayton sure whines and squirts a lot of tears, doesn’t he? If Dayton were to get elected, he’d have to create the office of the Holder of the Governor’s Crying Towel.

    And speaking of lies, there is absolutely nothing in Dayton’s “plan” that prevents property tax increases.

    In fact, that’s something I’ll be asking him about directly when I see him this weekend.

  7. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 08/27/2010 - 04:23 pm.

    //You confuse an independent expenditure group with the Tom Emmer campaign.

    Mohammed, you’ve obviously mistake me for someone who was born yesterday.

  8. Submitted by Mohammed Ali Bin Shah on 08/27/2010 - 05:23 pm.


    Since you seem to be intimating that nefarious and illegal activities are going on, I wonder if you would be so kind as to provide proof of these serious allegations?

    If not, it may be best from a legal standpoint to not bring it up. You know, libel and slander and all.

  9. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 08/27/2010 - 10:13 pm.

    Ray Schoch nails it regarding the “quality of the discussion”.

    The only losers are the viewers, who must put up with the barrage. Most political advertising is crude, and only inadvertently entertaining. Although Tom Horner seems to exhibit a sense of humor….

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