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Rapid response: Alliance chides Emmer’s first ad and jobs record

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.

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 08/23/2010 - 09:12 am.

    Negative, negative, negative. Why don’t you people find something positive to say about your guy instead of always going negative on the other guy?

  2. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 08/23/2010 - 10:06 am.

    Emmer’s “jobs” goal seems to be, as is the case with most right wingers, to drive well-paying jobs with excellent benefits out of the state by destroying the social and educational infrastructure necessary to attract and keep them while creating nothing but low paying jobs with low or no benefits and forcing those working them to work in companies in which the only person who gains wealth is the owner and a few investors.

    With this approach, avidly pursued by King Timmy, as well, we’ve moved more and more from an egalitarian state where the majority of people did well to a third-world state where the rich get massively richer at the expense of the poor and middle class and where the poor and middle class are misled and misinformed by the wealthy-owned media to believe that the government is the source of their problems and never, ever, allowed to see that what’s happening to them is exactly what the right wing has in mind and is trying to accomplish.

  3. Submitted by Bill Coleman on 08/23/2010 - 11:10 am.

    Dennis,
    Is it negative to point to a candidate’s voting record? It seems that Emmer would be pleased that the liberals are pointing out the very things that he seems most proud – cutting spending and eliminating government intervention in the free marketplace.

  4. Submitted by Mohammed Ali Bin Shah on 08/23/2010 - 10:16 pm.

    “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.”

    So, the Feds, on our behalf, spent $3.2B we did not have, and have absolutely no credible basis for the jobs created/saved # they give us.

    Tom Emmer opposed spending money we did not have. Wise move, based on the popularity of the Stimulus, Reid, Pelosi, and Obama.

    Keep on spending your money wisely with the ABM Dayton Family – tie your man even closer to the rejected policies of the Democratic Party.

  5. Submitted by Mohammed Ali Bin Shah on 08/23/2010 - 10:21 pm.

    Greg, you have really got to chill out. Do you really believe what you say?

    “where the poor and middle class are misled and misinformed by the wealthy-owned media to believe that the government is the source of their problems”

    Can you please name 5 major media outlets that blame the government? Heck, I will even spot you FoxNews since you already plan on going there. And Let’s take the RedStar, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN off the table, since they have never met a government program they did did not like. So, go ahead, name the wealthy media outlets destroying the minds of Americans with false propaganda.

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