This morning on @Issue, Javier Morillo-Alicea, the president of SEIU Local 26, hinted that state unions would work with ABM in funding a mudslinging campaign against the GOP-endorsed candidate for the Sixth District. Here’s what he said:

Michele Bachmann wasn’t the problem. Michele Bachmann was a symptom of the problem. The problem is a party that is so far outside the mainstream, a party that is so far outside of Americans’ thinking…We’ll see who the Republicans put up…because the Republican primary and endorsement process…even if the person isn’t Michele Bachmann at the start of the process, they’ll be Michele Bachmann by the end of the process.

That’s spin. It’s likely how ABM will attack the GOP-endorsed candidate, too.

Those attacks will start before the endorsing convention. They’ll intensify once a candidate is endorsed. ABM’s history, which the SEIU is part of, is littered with stinging criticism of their advertisements. ABM is known for having mounted the biggest smear campaign in Minnesota gubernatorial history.

Why should people think ABM won’t try smearing Michele’s successor? They’ve shown that the truth isn’t important to them.

Republicans shouldn’t take the Sixth for granted even though they start with a distinct advantage. Though it isn’t likely they’ll dump tons of money into this race, Republicans shouldn’t just assume ABM won’t try mounting a smear campaign against their endorsed candidate.

8 Responses to “Morillo-Alicea hints at mudslinging campaign”

  • walter hanson says:


    You know I will like to know exactly where we are extreme and out of touch:

    * Are we extreme because we want a balanced budget?

    * Are we extreme because we think the government should take as little of the money you earn as possible?

    * Are we extreme because we want American energy independence and think the price of gasoline can be way less then $4 per gallon?

    * Are we extreme because we want to have control of our businesses (which if we’re forced to join an union we won’t have)?

    * Are we extreme because we think that life begins at conception?

    I can go on, but I haven’t seen where we’re extreme and out of the main stream.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • eric z. says:

    Walter and Gary – So, in what would be a perfect world for you, personally, who would you send to DC in place of Michele Bachmann? The equivocal, we don’t like critics stuff is dodging the real question. WHO? Come on. ANSWER.

  • Gary Gross says:

    There are several people who I’d enthusiastically support, with Matt Dean at the top of the list. Rhonda Siverajah would be another person on the list. Michelle Benson is the other top-tier candidate.

    Frankly, Tarryl is the only candidate that comes to mind on the DFL side. Who would you like to see run on the DFL side?

  • Tom says:

    How about a contested primary? I want to nominate a candidate not endorse one. Endorsements are a artifact from MN nonpartisan days.

  • eric z. says:

    DFL side — Since one need not reside in a district to represent it, Thissen would be ideal. He probably is lining up for another go at Governor, however, after Dayton’s two terms. Within CD6, I am not aware of any DFL eagerness. Gary, you’d have made a better Rep than Bachmann. Krinkie? Emmer?

    Benson and Peggy Scott appear to have removed their names from speculation.

  • eric z. says:

    DFL side, IN THE DISTRICT, a very capable progressive choice, former state Rep. Jeremy Kalin would represent the district well. However, he already knows district demographics, and Strib says he might run for Secretary of State given that Ritchie has announced he will not run again. DFL candidates always will have better shots at statewide seats, than the CD6 House seat. It is how it is, not how I would like it, but CD6 voters vote as they do.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Kalin would get crucified.

  • walter hanson says:


    Name your dream candidate versus the Republican I’ll give you ten percent and the Republican will still win big. The only reason why some of the races was close was because the public was tarred with lies about Michelle.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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