It isn’t that there isn’t a fair amount of truth in this SC Times article. It’s that it didn’t talk about a truly disturbing pattern, namely ABM’s lies in their anti-GOP smear campaigns.

Jerry McCarter tried portraying himself as having tried to run a clean campaign on the issues. I wrote here why that’s BS. First, let’s look at what he said in the Times article:

“Part of what I was trying to do was show people you can do this without negative ads; you can do this without all the special-interest money,” he said. “I guess I showed them that you can’t.”

Now let’s look at something McCarter ran on:

McCarter, who’s running against Sen. John Pederson, R-St. Cloud, says the shutdown was part of what spurred him to run for Senate. “Like a lot of people, I found [it] unnecessary, politically motivated, and I think it damaged the state’s image long-term,” he said.

I’ve written repeatedly that Gov. Dayton shut the government down. It’s a matter of record that several GOP legislators submitted lights-on funding bills to prevent a state government shutdown. The one attracting most attention would’ve funded state government at its 2011-2012 levels through July 11. During that time, the goal was to negotiate a final settlement on the budget.

At 10:00 pm of June 30, 2011, Mark Dayton stepped to a microphone and announced that negotiations had failed and that state government was shutting down. Rather than calling a special session to pass a lights-on bill, Gov. Dayton put 23,000 state government employees on furlough.

For all of his I’m-running-a-clean-campaign rhetoric, the truth is that Mr. McCarter built much of his campaign on a verifiable lie.

That isn’t the only lie ABM peddled during the campaign. With their willing accomplices in the Twin Cities media, they put together this lie-filled ad:

One announcer said that “It was another day of deep budget cuts at the Capital.” Pat Kessler said “Cuts are so deep, it threatens public safety.” Dayton said “There are real consequences to every dollar cut.” It’s time to highlight the truth with the DFL’s own words:

SEN. COHEN: We’re going to be passing a budget that it billions and billions and billions and billions of dollars and at a level that we’ve never done before in the history of the state. The 12-13 budget will be $34.33 billions of dollars in general fund dollars taxed to the citizens of Minnesota. The 10-11 budget two years ago was $30.171 billion, I believe.

So the difference is over $4 billion, I believe. The largest state general fund budget ever, ever, ever, in the history of the state of Minnesota.

What this means is that Gov. Dayton’s words, Pat Kessler’s words and other biased media’s words didn’t have a hint of truth to them. It’s worth noting that ABM didn’t hesitate in using them in their statewide smear campaign against GOP candidates.

It’s time for Mr. Sommerhauser and other reporters to blister Alida Messinger, Gov. Dayton and the Twin Cities media for telling the whoppers that they told. If he won’t, citizen journalists like Mitch Berg and myself will expose the DFL for the corrupt political party it is.

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7 Responses to “DFL: the party of smear campaigns & deceitful chanting points”

  • walter hanson says:


    The problem is they think she is on the side of truth, Justice, and the American way. Why attack her?

    Of course we know none of them are for truth, justice, and the American way.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • eric z says:

    Election’s over. Get over it. Move On.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

    To you. To Mary Franson. To Bob Cunniff.

    To the 35 who did not recognize being handed a wrong ballot and voted it anyway. Apprentices to Bozo the Clown.

  • Gary Gross says:

    The election is over but the fight’s just starting. If you think that a regressive tax on everyone (cap & trade from Rep. Hortman) will help make Minnesota prosperous, you’re kidding yourself.

  • walter hanson says:


    The fight for a real and good budget for Minnesota and the United States is always a fight worth having.

    Apparently you don’t care and since you think the election is over I guess we won’t be seeing you do any more posting until 2014.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • eric z says:

    Walter, there is something of an unkind edge to that comment. On Thanksgiving, no. You waited a day, and that delay step was both kind and thoughtful.

    Gary, I will bet Alida Messinger is more open about who she is, where she’s from, and how she came to her message than Anita Moncrief.

    You are just hateful towards her because she has lots of money but is not greedy or small minded about the bounty chance accorded her. That’s a distressing thing, to see you believe all people of great wealth should be dismissive of 47% or more of those whom chance rendered less fortunate; born to lesser circumstances and hope.

  • eric z says:

    Forgot to say, Messinger is a job creator. Do not overlook that, if actual job creators are truly important to your world view.

  • walter hanson says:


    Your comment was that the election was over so we should shut up! That was the unkind comment. I was interpretering that since the next election wasn’t until 2014 that was when you were going to start posting again.

    So you think a good budget for the federal government is to keep spending more than a trillion year in deficit spending?

    Do you think a good budget for the state of Minnesota is to do a tax increase on the rich which will drive them away (why do you think Rush Limbaugh moved his show to Florida) along with their tax dollars. You have seen how California that used to have the best economy in the United States has gone to hell.

    By the way Messinger and Obama are job destroyers and you support both of them apparently.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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