About three hours after Tom Emmer’s campaign released its first TV commercial Sunday night, the Alliance for a Better Minnesota, the liberal independent-expenditure group, took a whack at the Republican gubernatorial candidate.
Emmer’s commercial, titled, “Work,” features the state representative from Delano saying: “Minnesota families are struggling. We need to pick ourselves up, create jobs and get our economy moving.” One of his son’s also says his father is for “cutting taxes and reforming government.”
But the Alliance in a rapid-response release to the Twin Cities news media said that federal government recovery spending has created jobs in Minnesota: The state has received $3.2 billion in federal recovery spending as of March 31, 2010, and, according to the feds, has created or saved 11,027 jobs.
Meanwhile, the Alliance said, Emmer opposed a state job creation bill last legislative session: On March 29, 2010, Emmer voted against a DFL-backed jobs bill, which passed the House 112-20. That bill, among other things, included incentives to keep the Ford plant in St. Paul operating.
This morning, the group issued a follow-up look.
The Alliance, which is well-funded and gets significant backing from Alida Rockefeller Messinger (DFL candidate Mark Dayton’s former wife), has been working for months to define Emmer.