Last week, we reported that Congressman Erik Paulsen (CD3) has endorsed Dave Osmek for the MInnesota State Senate in District 33.
Connie Doepke – endorsed yesterday by
Lori Sturdevant the Strib, apparetly doesn’t think the people in her district need to know that.
Over the weekend, Doepke’s campaign apparently sent out a lit piece, with a picture of Doepke with Paulsen – and, most troublingly, a quote from Paulsen, and the Congressman’s signature.
This is a fairly clear implication, to those who aren’t paying attention, that Congressman Paulsen – who is on his way to what might be a three-digit victory over the hapless Brian Barnes this fall – endorses Connie Doepke.
Siources tell me none of this was authorized or written by Paulsen’s campaign. And now Congressman Paulsen’s office has released a statement:
Statement from Congressman Paulsen regarding the Republican Primary in Senate District 33
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: John-Paul Yates (952) [phone number redacted]
“It has come to my attention that the Doepke campaign recently sent a mailing with a quote attributed to me. I want to make it clear I did not approve this mailing or quote and I support the endorsed Republican candidate, Dave Osmek, in Senate District 33.”
No word yet whether the Star/Tribune’s editorial board thinks this is one of those “thoughtful, pragmatic” moves they crowed about in their endorsement over the weekend.
If you live in the 33, please vote accordingly.