As in good cop, bad cop, the DFL and the Alliance for a Better Minnesota each released TV commercials today with distinctly different tones.
The DFL’s first ad backing candidate Mark Dayton evokes the “good old days” of Minnesota prosperity, emphasizing top-flight education and jobs.
The Alliance ad does what this independent-expenditure group has been doing all campaign: define Dayton’s opponents, Tom Emmer and Tom Horner, as pals of corporations and engaged in a “shell game,” linking them to Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
The ad concludes with the pithy tag line: “No matter which Tom you pick, you still end up with Tim.”
The Alliance said the ad will run for 12 days and cost about $600,000 to air statewide.