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Jim Graves’ first TV ad is the worst type of political advertising. It plays on laid-off workers’ frustrations:

Here’s the transcript of Graves’ first TV ad:

GRAVES: I’m Jim Graves and I approve this message.
WORKER #1: May 28th, we had an explosion and a fire. The mill is now closed. I lost my job and so did a lot of other workers.
WORKER #2: After the fire, Michele Bachmann never called the workers.
WORKER #3: She didn’t reach out.
WORKER #4: We’ve heard from everyone else.
WORKER #5: She’s too worried about her own career to worry about anyone else.
WORKER #4: I know things can be different.
WORKER #1: We need someone focused on Minnesota’s middle class.
UNIDENTIFIED WORKER: We need a representative who cares about us.

This is disgusting. In the aftermath of Verso’s announcement that they wouldn’t reopen the plant, workers’ lives were turned upside down. That was made worse by Gov. Dayton, Sen. Klobuchar and other high profile politicians visited Sartell. Lots of news conferences were held, each reassuring workers that they were doing everything they could to rebuild Sartell’s economy.

The last thing these workers needed was another high profile politician dropping in to remind them that they weren’t forgotten.

What they needed was a solutions-oriented legislator who would work quietly to help unemployed workers get their lives back in order. That’s what Michele’s staff has been focused on since the explosion.

Once it’s established that Michele is working on improving Sartell’s, and Central Minnesota’s, economies, this ad disappears.

After the ad, we don’t know a single thing about Mr. Graves’ plan for creating jobs or making life less expensive for Sixth District voters.

Mr. Graves’ issues page reads more like a page of empty platitudes. Here’s an example:

Strengthening the middle class—the true engine of our economy. In order to jumpstart economic growth, we need to increase aggregate demand for American goods and products. We can do this by making sure more money is in the hands of middle class consumers. In this fragile economy, we cannot afford to burden the middle class with tax hikes.

The only people who’ve thought about raising taxes on the middle class raised taxes on the middle class when they voted for the Affordable Care Act:

Nearly 6 million Americans, significantly more than first estimated, will face a tax penalty under President Barack Obama’s health overhaul for not getting insurance, congressional analysts said Wednesday. Most would be in the middle class.

The only people that voted for the ACA were Democrats. Republicans voted against the middle class tax increases. Democrats voted for middle class tax increases.

That raises the question of whether Mr. Graves would vote to repeal the ACA. It’s important to remember that Graves said that he thought the ACA was a great example of free market capitalism before walking that back a bit. If he wouldn’t push for repeal of the ACA, why wouldn’t he?

Here’s another empty platitude from Mr. Graves:

Cutting meaningless, job-killing red tape. As someone who has started dozens of small businesses, I know that sometimes the best thing the government can do is get out of the way and allow the free market to thrive.

Anyone who’s read this blog knows that I think the economy is getting strangled by special interests’ regulations. What I need to know is which regulations Mr. Graves thinks are meaningless or that kill jobs. Without that, I don’t know if his list of regulations to be eliminated are a nice gesture or if they’re solutions to big problems.

Does Mr. Graves think Dodd-Frank hurts community banks and small businesses? If he doesn’t think Dodd-Frank hurts community banks, why doesn’t he think that? If he thinks Dodd-Frank hurts community banks and small businesses, would he push for repealing Dodd-Frank if elected? If not, why not?

Would Mr. Graves support legislation reining in the EPA, the Interior Department and the US Fish and Wildlife Service? Their regulations have hurt the US economy more than a middle class tax increase would hurt the economy.

Sixth District voters won’t vote for a guy who’s more about creating questions than he’s about providing solutions.

That’s especially true since we know where Rep. Bachmann stands on these important issues.

We know that she’ll fight to repeal the ACA if she’s returned to Congress. We know that she’ll fight to repeal Dodd-Frank, then replace it with legislation that will end Too Big to Fail. We know that Michele will work tirelessly with other conservatives to usher in the next great domestic energy generation boom.

Voting for Jim Graves is voting for a businessman without knowing what his public policy positions are. We can’t waste our vote on an unknown quantity who asks us to just trust him.

This is too important a decision for that.

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