18 thoughts on “In Re: Legal Troubles for Emmer

  1. Newt says:

    No one is more conservative than me, but I have a real problem with Emmer’s use of the only tool he has – a hammer. He uses it on everyone – landscapers, clients, opponents, etc.

    Clearly he’s a vindictive, petty asshole. I will probably end up voting for this prick, but my anger is as much with MN GOP, allowing someone like this to rise to the top of the slate. At least Marty Seifert is a decent human being.

    1. Lois says:

      And you would vote for him—why? Will a hammer will solve our state’s fiscal crisis? With all Emmer’s talk about cutting taxes, he has no idea what it means to be fiscally responsible. Please do yourself and Minnesota a favor and vote for a true problem solver–Tom Horner

      1. Newt says:

        “Fiscal crisis” is a bit dramatic. Prioritization crisis, definitely yes.

        I have no problem if Emmer hacks away at the bureaucracy.

        As a human being, he’s a huge disappointment, however.

        P.S.The media and politicians treat government jobs on a preferential basis. 3M laid off 5,000 people last year. Where’s their shock and concern? The silence is deafening.

    2. PM says:

      I agree with you about Seifert–he would have been a much better, stronger candidate, and the bullying/hammer stuff is, I think, a fair description of how the IR convention went.

      I do see a trend of more and more traditional Republicans heading over to Horner. There was a meeting at the Mpls Club of CEO’s and retired CEO’s with Horner last Wed…. What amazed me most was not that some of them were saying that they were afraid that a vote for Horner might elect Dayton, but rather that some said that a vote for Horner might not prevent Emmer from winning!

      i expect that we will see the MN Chamber (and others) shifting it’s focus ever so slightly so that all of it’s spending is now anti Dayton, with nothing that is pro Emmer–afraid to overtly abandon Emmer and the Republican Party, but shifting towards Horner nonetheless.

      This Emmer fiasco reminds me of Allen Quist…..

  2. Mrs. Fay says:

    Does anyone else notice a trend, here? NY, Maine and MN GOP gubenatorial candidates all bullys? Is this a personality dysfunction or a systemic problem with the GOP?

  3. Ellen Mrja says:

    Does Cyndy Brucato’s “strategic communications firm” represent the Minnesota Chambers of Commerce? She sure sounds like its mouthpiece in that MinnPost piece.

  4. Ellen Mrja says:

    Rob: Good info. Thanks.

    What a strange grouping of clients. If I knew a firm had worked for Coleman, I don’t think I’d be hiring it to represent me in my bid for the
    U. S. Senate. Am I missing something here?

    Is an additional firm handling Dayton, as well?

  5. Mike Kennedy says:

    Well, stupid is as stupid does……wasn’t that the line? I may be the only peson who has never watched the entire Gump movie.

    I can’t decide who I think the bigger tool is, Emmer or Dayton.

    I’m just going to call it and tie and go fly for the rest of the afternoon. What a day to be looking at the fall colors from the air.

    Cheers. Hope you all enjoy this fantastic weather.

  6. Mike — Lisa and I have never seen Forrest Gump. Consciously avoided it.

    Ellen, great post — I’ve always thought you can tell a lot about a person based on how he or she treats real humans — waitstaff, salespeople. Emmer seems nasty. Pawlenty — or Polenta, as Lisa always calls him — seemed like a nice boy but was mean to people in need. With Emmer, at least what you see is what you get.

    Love the insights on Republicans fearing Horner will allow Emmer to win. What a convoluted mess.

    I so wish the DFL had nominated RT. He’d have taken it in a walk, with some businesspeople walking with him.

  7. Ellen, the piece you tell us about from Ripple in Stillwater went national, on AP and in other outlets. Good eye, dear.

    And Karl Bremer’s Ripple in Stillwater blog is indeed a very good one. Well-written — and he broke news with the bully blog piece. Way to go Karl.

  8. PM says:

    Was at a meet and greet with Dayton today. He kept on bringing up perpich as his idol, someone to emulate, Said perpich was someone who got things done. A real blast from the past feel to it all, and only accentuated by having Tom Borman as his finance chair!

    I just get a sort of creepy feeling–somehow i just don’t feel comfortable with the idea that the solution to our problems can be found in the past.

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