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True to her colors, Tarryl Clark’s ad says that, if she’s elected, she’ll fight for people:

Tarryl saying that she’ll fight for people is a hallmark of her campaigns. That’s code for saying she’ll fight for the special interests that support her during the campaign. Mostly, it means that she’s a shill for the special interests.

This news report highlights the unusual nature of this primary:

This article highlights the fact that the DFL in-party sniping is starting early:

According to Clark, it’s a necessary move, after the pro–Cravaack TV ads, paid for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, began airing weeks ago.

“With the United States Chamber of Commerce running ads for him for weeks, it’s important that voters are getting to hear directly from me, so that they know that, indeed, they’re going to have someone who’s on their side, and fighting for them,” said Clark.

“It’s no wonder that Tarryl has to be up this early, and spending all this money on Television. She’s got to convince people that it was a good idea for her to move here, from St. Cloud, just to run for office,” said DFL Candidate, Jeff Anderson.

“Having just moved into the district to run for Congress, and being very behind in the race, she obviously thinks that spending a lot of money on a big media campaign is the way to win the election. And, it’s not going to work,” said DFL Candidate, Rick Nolan.

Meanwhile, Chip will detach himself from the race to a large extent. Instead, he’ll keep tending to the district’s needs.

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I didn’t think I’d live to see the day when people complained about the conservative media bias. Then too, I didn’t think I’d live long enough to see idiots like MPP and ‘the Big E’ would get the attention they get. Check out this bullshit from MPP:

Conservative newspaper chain Forum Communications will be doing its part to reelect Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN/NH). They’ll be editorializing in the newspapers they run across the northern half of Minnesota in an attempt to show how reasonable Cravaack is.

So newspapers from the Duluth News Tribune to the Alexandria Echo to the Bemidji Pioneer will be pushing the pro-Cravaack party line.

Cravaack needs the help. He’s got major problems. He hasn’t created any jobs, he has even opposed creating jobs when they might be union jobs. He wants to end Medicare which is not popular and supports The Ryan Budget which is just as unpopular. Plus, he moved his family to New Hampshire and doesn’t visit the state that much.

Furthermore, he avoids meeting with any liberal constituents. He holds meetings in small towns during the day and often provides little advance notice. This way DFLers won’t have time to take time off of work to drive to the small town to confront him about ending Medicare, for example.

The Big E should change his moniker to ‘The Big BSer’ because there isn’t a statement in those paragraphs that’s truth, other than the sentence that says he moved his family to New Hampshire.

First, it’s time to explode the myth that the DFL loves creating jobs. The environmentalist wing of the DFL has waged war against unions. They’ve prevented the Big Stone II power plant. They bragged about it in an op-ed:

Along with our allies at the Izaak Walton League of America, the Union of Concerned Scientists and Wind on the Wires, the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and Fresh Energy argued, first in South Dakota, then before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC), that the new plant was a bad idea. Our message was simple: The utilities had not proven the need for the energy, and what energy they did need could be acquired less expensively through energy efficiency and wind.

We kept losing, but a funny thing happened. With each passing year, it became clearer that we were right. In 2007, two of the Minnesota utilities dropped out, citing some of the same points we had been making. The remaining utilities had to go through the process again with a scaled-down 580-megawatt plant.

They’re waging war against the PolyMet mining project:

Conservation Minnesota, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy are targeting the proposed PolyMet mine near Hoyt Lakes and the proposed Twin Metals mine near Ely.

The campaign includes the web site MiningTruth.org, a 40-page report examining mining in detail, a Facebook community, and four billboards along Interstate 35 between the Twin Cities and Duluth to reach summer travelers.

Alida Messinger, the person calling the shots with the DFL, is part of the coalition attempting to undermine the miners’ jobs. That’s the verified truth.

The truth is that the DFL loves jobs that’s a) paid for by productive people and b) directed toward their hand-picked political allies. That’s the only type of jobs the DFL likes creating.

There’s a reason why Minnesota lost 50,000 jobs while the DFL was the majority in the legislature. There’s a reason why Minnesota created 40,000 jobs with the GOP majority legislature.

The next big lie that’s gotta be exposed is the myth that Chip hates union jobs. That’s a bald-faced lie. The Big E and the DFL know it. First, Chip is a card-carrying union member. Second, unions love Chip. The night before the 2010 Minnesota State Fair opened, Chip called me. He told me of a union endorsement fight from that Monday night.

That Monday, Chip fought for the miners union endorsement. He didn’t win the endorsement but the final vote was the initial sign that Rep. Oberstar was in trouble. Rep. Oberstar won by a 28-25 margin that night, hardly a ringing endorsement of Rep. Oberstar.

While he represented the Eighth District, Jim Oberstar didn’t lift a finger to make PolyMet a reality. After he almost lost the miners union endorsement, he momentarily pretended like he cared about PolyMet:

It’s been in the works for more than four years, but when the environmental review came out last fall, the federal government blasted the report as inadequate.

Oberstar says he wants a thorough review, but it shouldn’t take so long.

“The red tape, the slowdown, the lack of full attention by federal and state permitting agencies has dragged this process out much too long,” said Oberstar.

Oberstar said the No. 1 issue people talk about in northeastern Minnesota is jobs. And the Polymet mine promises 400 jobs.

“I’ve heard some concerns, ‘Be careful about our environment. We love this land, we don’t want our waters to be adversely affected.’ And I’ve assured people that corners will not be cut, there will be no exceptions made, but we have to do this in an expeditious manner,” he said.

Tarryl Clark, Rick Nolan and Jeff Anderson are environmentalists first, pro-mining last. Meanwhile, Chip Cravaack has held regular meetings with the EPA and the MPCA to put the EIS together and make PolyMet mining a reality.

In short, Chip did more his first year in office to create high-paying mining jobs than Jim Oberstar did in 5 years. It’s projected that adding those 400 mining jobs through the PolyMet jobs would create 1,000 mining-related jobs on the Range and in Duluth. It would create hundreds of new shipping jobs. It would create high-paying maintenance jobs, too.

Those are permanent private sector jobs that would create a permanent middle class on the Range. When that becomes reality, it’ll be the direct result of Chip’s perseverance, his putting PolyMet as his top priority and his desire to make life better for his constituents.

While Alida Messinger and the militant environmentalists attempt to destroy the mining industry, Chip is fighting the good fight to create mining jobs.

Why won’t Alida Messinger and the militant environmentalists just admit that they’re attempting to destroy mining jobs on the Range? It’s painfully obvious that that’s their goal.

MPP isn’t a journalistic endeavor. MPP isn’t interested in the truth just like ABM, the ABL and MiningTruth.org aren’t interested in the truth.

That’s because it’s a propaganda machine for the DFL. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Sparks flew yesterday when Tarryl Clark took her first high-profile shots at her DFL primary opponents:

Clark’s current primary opponents, former Rep. Rick Nolan and former Duluth City Council President Jeff Anderson, are emphasizing deep roots in a district that reaches from the northern Twin Cities suburbs to the Canadian border.

Clark characterized Anderson as inexperienced and claimed Nolan has spent considerable time out of state. She claimed her work and volunteer experience makes her the one with the best connections across the entire district, even better than the incumbent’s.

“One of the real strengths I bring not just to the race but to the office will be having worked throughout the whole district. Congressman Cravaack obviously has been hit for his family being in New Hampshire. Rick has certainly lived in Florida a good chunk of the last 10 years. Jeff is newer to all of this,” Clark said.

Spokesman Steve Johnson said Nolan, who lives on the Cuyuna Range in north-central Minnesota and served in the House from 1975 to 1981, has occasionally vacationed in Florida but is “a son of the 8th District.” Nolan has the backing of the party and Oberstar.

Anderson has served on boards and commissions throughout the district and was a member of the Duluth City Council when Clark moved to town, spokesman Nate Dyvbig said.

Those shots, however, are the least of Tarryl’s problems. This information is a major hurdle for her:

Clark is backed by Emily’s List, a national network that helps female candidates who support abortion rights, and draws on her fundraising experience from the race against Bachmann, who went on to run unsuccessfully for president.

Being the pro-abortion candidate in the Eighth District is perilous at best. While that won’t be a major problem in liberal Duluth, it’s a major problem on the religious Range and throughout the heart of CD-8.

Another big problem facing Tarryl is her ties to the miner-hating BlueGreen Alliance:

In addition to the environmental groups like the NRDC and the Sierra Club, unions like SEIU have also joined an umbrella organization (the BlueGreen Alliance) to lobby for federal funding for “green” projects. Collectively, these groups have been involved in hundreds of lawsuits with the federal government over stopping fossil energy projects. Key political appointees at the DOI are former employees of the NRDC and other environmental groups.

Expect the Cravaack campaign to exploit that weakness against the DFL candidate that wins the DFL primary. Rep. Oberstar’s vote for Cap and Trade was the biggest driver for miners abandoning him in 2010. The animosity between the environmentalists and the miners hasn’t healed. It’s festered.

Finally, Tarryl’s other major weakness is her less-than-enthusiastic support for the Second Amendment. That won’t play well in the conservative parts of the district. It won’t play well on the Range, either. That’s a toxic blend on the Range.

The Eighth District isn’t as liberal as people think. In 2010, Charlie Cook rated it as D +3. More importantly, most of the Range Democrats fit into the category of being conservative Democrats.

Tarryl’s legislative history of voting for historic spending increases, unprecedented tax hikes, coupled with her being supported by an abortion-on-demand organization, won’t help.

Being an environmentalist will be the part that finishes Tarryl off.

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Months ago, Tarryl Clark announced that she was joining the Blue Green Alliance, undoubtedly thinking it would be an asset in her campaign:

Tarryl Clark joined the BlueGreen Alliance as National Co-Chair of Jobs21! Prior to her work on Jobs21!, Tarryl was elected to the Assistant Majority Leader of the Minnesota State Senate after an unprecedented 11 months as a state senator representing conservative-leaning central Minnesota.

Before her election, Tarryl led the Minnesota Community Action Partnership, coordinated the Northwest Area Foundation Devolution Project, and focused on policy and systems change work at the Children’s Defense Fund-MN and the Legal Services Advocacy Project. Tarryl uses the skills she gained as attorney, counselor, organizer, project developer, commissioner, youth minister, researcher, coalition builder, and mom to bring people together and find common ground in developing and implementing high-impact strategies to ensure the opportunity for everyone to achieve their potential and to increase the quality of lives.

Powerline’s post has me thinking that Tarryl’s decision will backfire if she wins the DFL primary:

In addition to the environmental groups like the NRDC and the Sierra Club, unions like SEIU have also joined an umbrella organization (the BlueGreen Alliance) to lobby for federal funding for “green” projects. Collectively, these groups have been involved in hundreds of lawsuits with the federal government over stopping fossil energy projects. Key political appointees at the DOI are former employees of the NRDC and other environmental groups.

Like the Department of Energy, DOI did not adequately vet the financial health of several of these favored companies. The failures of Solyndra and Beacon Power are well known, and reports indicate that at least two other companies (Nevada Geothermal and First Solar) may go bankrupt in the near future. But as ABC News reported, a pattern has emerged whereby green energy firms receive taxpayer dollars and then file for bankruptcy—“but not before the firms doled out six-figure bonuses and payouts to top executives.”

I can’t imagine Tarryl benefitting from “being involved in hundreds of lawsuits with the federal government over stopping fossil energy projects” in the general election. I can see it helping her with Arrowhead voters but the MNGOP, NRCC and Crossroads GPS would crucify her with this information in the general election.

Similarly, I can’t imagine Tarryl having an easy time explaining how she supported loans for green energy companies that went bankrupt…right after they “doled out six-figure bonuses and payouts to top executives.”

CD-8 doesn’t need a legislator well-skilled in the art of crony corruption. It doesn’t need Tarryl Clark.

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If ever there was a video that was nothing but spin, Tarryl’s introduction into Eighth District politics fits that bill:

Tarryl’s video starts with scenes from the Duluth Harbor and the start of the St. Louis River. Tarryl then says that she’s from Central Minnesota before saying “I’m running for office but I think of myself as a public servant.” According to the Secretary of State’s website, Public Servant Tarryl Clark has been running for office since 2000.

While Tarryl might think of herself as a public servant, people who’ve seen her in action think of her as a career politician. Public servant is just a euphemism.

What’s laughable is the last line of the video. That’s where she says “If you elect me, I will go and fight for you.”

What makes it laughable is Tarryl’s willingness to sell her soul to the people who support her. In 2010, every union that I knew of supported her. There were even a few unions that I didn’t know existed that supported her. Then, in the debate hosted by the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce, she tried telling the audience that she wasn’t sure if she’d vote for EFCA, the unions’ top priority.

Compare Tarryl’s flights of fancy with Chip Cravaack’s no-nonsense style and his solutions-oriented mindset. Here’s a classic example of Chip’s mindset:

Higher energy prices have real consequences. Everything from the daily commute to the grocery bill is getting more expensive, and Americans are taking notice.

Under President Obama’s watch, the price of gasoline has shot up 95 percent. Unfortunately, this week the President is touting a tax hike that won’t help create jobs or lower gas prices.

I will continue to fight for lower gas prices but it’s an uphill battle. Washington politicians continue to put up artificial obstacles and they continue to block common sense solutions. The bottom line is that gas prices need to come down now.

This punishment at the pump is putting the squeeze on small businesses and job growth.

That is why we need an “all-of-the-above” energy policy. I believe in the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign and unstable suppliers. To date, I’m proud to have supported important measures to achieve U.S. energy independence and job creation.

Specifically, I have supported the Keystone XL pipeline, which would immediately create thousands of jobs for U.S. workers. I have also supported “The Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act,” a bill which would allow the U.S. to utilize its vast energy reserves.

There’s no way Tarryl would support any of these initiatives because she couldn’t afford losing the enthusiastic support from the militant environmentalists that’ve always supported her.

Again, what shines through is Tarryl’s commitment to her supporters and her supporters only vs. Chip’s doing what’s best for Minnesota’s families.

Tarryl’s bubble will burst this August when she’s defeated in the DFL primary. She’s as unwelcome in the Eighth as a carpetbagger as she was unwelcome here in the Sixth as a liberal.

Perhaps Tarryl will return to original calling of being a lobbyist.

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Tarryl Clark is proving that she’s the ultimate team player, with the proviso that she’s the head of the team:

Waves of concern rippled among democrats throughout northeastern Minnesota Thursday on the heels of former State Senator Tarryl Clark’s announcement that she intends to bypass the party endorsement and force a DFL primary in the 8th congressional district. In what is likely to be one of the milder comments directed at the St Cloud resident in the wake of her revelation, DFL Party Chair Ken Martin stressed the importance of party unity if we are to defeat incumbent Tea Party Rep. Chip Cravaack (MN/NH):

We are disappointed to hear that Tarryl Clark will not be abiding by the DFL endorsement. As a former associate chair of the State DFL Party, Tarryl Clark knows the importance of the endorsement process. By forcing a primary election, we risk wasting valuable DFL resources and drawing the focus away from the real goal of defeating Chip Cravaack.

There is far too much at stake in the Eighth Congressional District to focus on anything other than making Chip Cravaack a one-term Congressman. That is why it is so important that we unite as a party in support of a DFL-endorsed candidate who understands the values of the Eighth District and who is committed to representing the people of northeastern Minnesota in Washington.

Last May I wrote this post highlighting her ‘willingness’ to help out the CD-8 DFL by running there instead of getting her ass kicked in CD-6. At the time, I coined a phrase that I didn’t use on the blog while talking with friends. Here’s that phrase:

Tarryl Clark’s motto: Have open seat, will relocate.

The reality is that Tarryl’s in this for Tarryl. She can’t listen to Ken Martin because she knows that it’d be the end of her political career. This is her last opportunity. If she loses this time, she’s history.

Let’s be clear, though, about how phony this call for unity is. DFL politicians frequently ignore the endorsing process. Just ask Gov. Kelliher.

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According to this article, Anne Nolan has stepped forward to be this year’s sacrificial lamb against Michele Bachmann:

Anne Nolan says she’s looking to unseat 6th Congressional District Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann this fall.

Nolan, who previously ran for the state House against Rep. Steve Gottwalt, R-St. Cloud, plans to make her plans official at 2 p.m. Friday at the St. Cloud Library, according to her Facebook page.

According to her old campaign website, Nolan works for WFC Resources, which trains employers on how to adopt flexible schedules for their employees. On the website, Nolan also wrote that she is a long-time community activist on workplace and economic development issues.

Nolan says she will abide by the DFL endorsement.

If Anne Nolan is the DFL candidate, this will be a major bloodbath for the DFL. I suspect Ms. Nolan won’t be the DFLer facing Michele in the general election, though I don’t know who will be the sacrificial lamb. Whoever the DFL’s candidate is will get crushed. It isn’t difficult to picture another 15-point defeat for the DFL.

Tarryl got thumped so badly by Michele last time, Tarryl’s GPS was broke to the point that she’s running in the Eighth District.

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If any CD-8 DFL activist was surprised by Tarryl’s statement after their straw poll, I could’ve told them this would happen. Here’s what Tarryl said via press release:

“Some have said there were significant irregularities last night and were hoping for much higher participation. The stakes are too high to let “politics as usual” determine the fate of Minnesota and our country. Instead, I am committed to creating good jobs for Minnesota families and keeping America’s promises to our seniors, veterans and children.”

This isn’t about politics as usual. It’s about people not warming up to Tarryl. That’s partially because she’s a carpetbagger, partially because she isn’t that great of a candidate. She’s bought into the fallacy that she’s a rising star in the DFL.

The reality is that she was barely good enough to win a state senate seat. She might not have done that if not for 2006 being a terrible year for Republicans.

To be fair, Tarryl’s fundraising abilities are excellent. Unfortunately for Tarryl, she’s as phony as a $3 bill. It isn’t difficult tripping her up.

Rick Nolan is somewhat of an elder statesman in the CD-8 DFL. That’s polite for ‘He’s a fossil’. He’s checked off all the right boxes. He’s served in the House before. In fact, he was my congressman starting in 1975.

The bottom line is this: Neither Nolan nor Tarryl will beat Chip Cravaack in the 8th because he’s accomplished so much in his brief time in office. There’s no question that he’ll be targeted by the DCCC. There’s no question that Chip’s alot tougher than the DCCC is giving him credit for.

The reality is that that district isn’t as blue as people think. I quoted Charlie Cook’s report in this post:

According to Charlie Cook’s PVI index chart, Minnesota’s Eighth District is a D +3 district, meaning there’s a 3 point gap in registration between Democrats and Republicans. If that’s accurate, and there’s no reason to think it isn’t, then Oberstar is in serious trouble.

Alot of GOP political veterans said that the only thing keeping the 8th a blue district was Rep. Oberstar. It turns out that that wasn’t even right.

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Last night was caucus night in Minnesota. Though conservatives are dispirited elsewhere across the nation, there was no lack of enthusiasm at the Benton County precinct caucuses.

Four years ago, 230 people attended the precinct caucuses. This year, 284 attended, almost a 25% increase.

In addition to the increased attendance, there were other big stories. For instance, Mitt slipped from winning the Benton County straw poll in 2008 with 107 votes to finishing last this year with a paltry 19 votes. That’s a drop of 80%.

Ron Paul won with 147 votes, up from 90 just 4 short years ago. Sen. Rick Santorum finished second with 89 votes, followed by Newt with 26 votes.

I’m told that Ron Paul won the SD-15 straw poll, too, this time with 40% of the vote, with Sen. Santorum getting 37% of the vote, followed by Newt, then Mitt well down the list.

This isn’t good news for Mitt. If he can’t win in the reddest part of Minnesota, he’ll get crushed this November. Couple that with Mitt’s devastating loss in Missouri and you’ve got the start of a ‘Mitt can’t win in the Heartland’ storyline gaining credibility.

The other message sent last night is that Mitt isn’t popular with the Roman Catholics or evangelical voters that comprise most of the voters in central Minnesota. Having Mitt Romney at the top of the ticket in Minnesota won’t make life easier for GOP legislative candidates though it wouldn’t be a fatal blow.

Having Sen. Santorum at the top of the ticket, though, would be a fantastic fit for GOP legislators’ campaigns in central Minnesota because of his blue collar background and his staunch pro-life stance.

This information isn’t directly related to the Benton County precinct caucuses but it’s still relevant because, in what feels like centuries ago, Tarryl Clark was my state senator. Apparently, Tarryl doesn’t ‘travel’ well:

Former DFL Congressman Rick Nolan won a straw poll of DFL caucus-goers in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District.

Districts are still reporting results, but Nolan has so far picked up 1,381 votes, 500 more than Duluth City Council member Jeff Anderson (875 votes). Former state Sen. Tarryl Clark received 365 votes. At least 231 voters said they were uncommitted.

Tarryl collected 365 votes from a pool of 2,852 voters. That’s 12.8% or 1 of 8 CD-8 voters. Rick Nolan, who was my congressman from 1975-1981, won with 48.4% of CD-8 DFL attendees.

There’s no arguing that Tarryl has the CoH to compete in a primary. Still, this straw poll confirms the rumors that’ve floated for the last 2-3 months: that CD-8 doesn’t like Tarryl because she’s seen as a carpetbagger. This straw poll won’t do anything to change that opinion.

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This morning, Michele Bachmann announced that she’s seeking re-election to her Sixth District seat:

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann announced Wednesday she will seek a fourth term in the U.S. House following her failed presidential bid.

Bachmann declared her plans in an interview with The Associated Press. The Republican congresswoman had been mum on her plans since folding her presidential campaign after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses earlier this month.

“I’m looking forward to coming back and bringing a strong, powerful voice to Washington, D.C.,” Bachmann said.

Bachmann will be a formidable candidate in Minnesota’s 6th District, where other Republican hopefuls had stood aside until she made a decision on running for re-election. Some experts had speculated that Bachmann might instead turn to a career in talk media.

That ends speculation that the DFL has a chance of flipping her seat. They don’t. Take that seat off the radar.

Her announcement came in an interview to react to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech. Just as she did on the campaign trail, Bachmann criticized Obama for “doubling down on failures that didn’t work.”

“We have to radically scale back on government spending, we have to radically cut back on debt accumulation,” Bachmann said.

It’s refreshing to hear Michele back talking about cutting President Obama’s reckless spending. What’s even more promising is the likelihood that she’ll have a gavel with which to start implementing that agenda.

Ed’s on the case, too, with this post:

Bachmann won her last re-election bid against well-known Taryl Clark by twelve points, so redistricting is probably not a big concern for Bachmann. Minnesota’s Congressional allocation did not change in the last census, although it only narrowly avoided losing a district. The redistricting plan will likely shift the margins around a little, perhaps moving a few precincts of very liberal MN-05 (Keith Ellison’s district) into MN-06, but it’s doubtful that MN-06 will change dramatically enough to endanger Bachmann in 2012.

Besides, Bachmann raised her stature considerably during the presidential campaign. She now has a broader base for fundraising, which builds on what had already been a strength for her in the past. While her hyperbole on Gardasil hurt her in the campaign (and will almost certainly be revisited by the DFL in the district), her overall performance dispelled the “crazy eyes” image that the media had imposed on her during her rise in the House and with Tea Party grassroots. Bachmann ended up presenting the most effective debate attacks on Rick Perry and then later Newt Gingrich, and was a formidable force in those encounters throughout the race.

Ed later said that the DCCC would likely dump lots of money into Michele’s race, something I question a bit. They dumped tons of money into her race in 2010 with a candidate they thought was perfectly suited to defeat Michele. They spent alot of money but Michele still kicked Tarryl’s ass.

At some point, you’d think that the money people at the DCCC would say ‘No mas’. This might be that year.

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