The “Alliance For A Better Minnesota” – an astroturf group sponsored by a consortium of DFL-linked pressure groups – has been behind much of the smear-mongering against Tom Emmer so far this campaign. They’ve occupied themselves with a klutzy false-flag website, a couple of twitter accounts (one of baldfaced propaganda, and one, “StuffEmmerSays”, that tried to mock Emmer statements but actually made him sound like Ronald Reagan to the point I spent the last month mocking it as a pro-GOP site; it seems to have worked, and the account seems to have demised).
And if that’s the best the DFL can do, this election’s not going to be nearly as hard as I’d worried.
“A4aBM” ran the first anti-Emmer ad of the campaign this week; and the Republican Twitterverse has been redounding with bits and pieces of the information A4aBM got wrong.
Long story short; the ad is warm runny bulls**t.
Claim #1: Audio: “Tom Emmer sided with Governor Pawlenty and opposed a plan that would force corporations and CEOs to pay their fair share of taxes” ABMBackup: “On May 18, 2009, Emmer voted against the second attempt at a DFL- written FY2010-2011 revenue bill…
Sounds pretty gnarly, huh?
The Truth: Tom Emmer did not cast a vote on this roll call.
Oh, my. You mean, A4aBM got a fact wrong?
Well, the ad is 0-1 so far.
Claim #2: Audio: “They cut funding for education” ABM Backup: “On April 18, 2007, Emmer voted against HF 6, the K-12 funding bill, which passed the House with a huge bipartisan majority of 119-13. On May 8, 2007, Emmer again voted against the bill as it was re-passed on a similar 119-14 vote…
Voted against it twice? Emphasis added:
The Truth: After April 18, 2007, there were no additional votes taken on this bill that year. During the 2008 session, this bill was used as a “vehicle” and a delete-all amendment was added completely changing the bill. The vote they reference on May 8, 2007 was actually a vote on May 8, 2008 and it wasn’t a vote on the bill but, rather, a procedural vote on whether the bill should be taken from the table. Emmer voted against taking the bill from the table.
You’re trying to say A4aBM lied about the real intent of voting on a picayune procedural technicality in the life of a background-noise bill to try to smear Tom Emmer? Say it isn’t so!
0-2 so far.
Claim #3: Audio: “[Tom Emmer and Tim Pawlenty] cut funding for education.”
The Truth: There is nothing in the bill cited that included a cut to education. In addition, KSTP’s Tom Hauser recently had this to say about the claim that Governor Pawlenty cut education funding: “As for Pawlenty cutting education funding, that’s not true. According to the education department, per pupil funding has gone up since 2004.”
0-3 – well, more like 0-4, really.
Claim #4: Audio: “[Emmer voted to cut] job training.”
The Truth: Nowhere in ABM’s backup is there any support for this claim. “Training” is mentioned only once in the legislation, and that is in reference to home ownership education. This bill had nothing to do with job training.
Zero for five.
Claim #5: Audio: “[Emmer and Pawlenty cut] job training and health care”. On screen: “Source: Minnesota House Journal, 4/25/2005”
The Truth: According to the Minnesota House of Representatives Journal, the House was not in session on 4/25/2005, meaning there could be no Journal of the House for that day. The Alliance’s citation, therefore, does not even exist.
So the lesson for today is, whenever “Alliance For A Better Minnesota” speaks, distrust and then verity.
Because the DFL asssumes that you, the people, are too stupid to know any better.