Sign number 30 that the DFL is so scared of Tom Emmer that they don’t even bother washing their underwear anymore; they’re bringing up “the DUI issue again”.
It popped up last spring during the endorsing convention – and, rumor has it, one of the big PACs is going to run a big ad buy on the “subject”.
I saw the ad just now. I’m not going to link to it – Alida Messinger can pay me a couple thousand dollars. If you want to see it, it’s out there.
But it’s an incredibly gutless, misleading ad.
It’s Ancient History: Emmer had two DUIs – 19 and 29 years ago. He paid his debt to society about the time Bill Clinton was being elected to office.
Facts are Pesky Things: The laws he proposed – in the 2006 session, decades after his episodes – would have treated drunk drivers as innocent until proven guilty and allowed them some rights back after ten years of good behavior! That is all!
The ad itself – a woman talking about her son, killed by a drunk driver who, I’m told, wasn’t Tom Emmer – is the most shameless bit of fact-free, context-raping emotional manipulation I’ve seen on the TV yet.
Apparently all of Alida Messinger’s money can’t buy a sense of shame.