Friday, September 19, 2008

A lame attack on Paulsen

DCCC mailer (photo: North Star Liberty)
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) recently sent out an attack mailer against Erik Paulsen, the Minnesota state Representative (R-Eden Prairie) who is running for U.S. Congress in the Third District, currently held by the retiring Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-MN3).

Fortunately for Paulsen, the attack falls as flat as other paid media by Paulsen's Democrat challenger, Ashwin Madia. The message of the mailer is that the seven-term Rep. Paulsen doesn't support military veterans, as evidenced by a handful of 2003 votes in the state House, conveniently leaving out Paulsen's years of support for legislation to benefit Minnesota veterans (like Madia) in the areas of health care, education, employment, and taxes.

Madia's message in this mailer and his "Running" TV ad is: he was an active duty Marine stationed in Iraq, and he loves his country. Thank you for your service, Mr. Madia, and Semper Fi, but it seems to me that Paulsen's decade-plus record of elected public service in the legislature has better prepared him to represent the Third District in Washington on a wide gamut of issues, including veterans' affairs.

3 comments:

SSG Thul said...

Kinda funny that Madia was a Marine but the uniform in the picture is Army. Maybe the Dems don't know the difference.

Mark said...

While Madia was a Marine, I actually heard that he was a lawyer in Iraq, working the build their court system. Anyway, what's your read on the 3cd race. Does Paulsen look good? I live in MPLS so I don't know how the lawn sign war is coming along.

Scholar said...

Anecdotally, I have seen more Madia signs than Paulsen signs (the Third covers western Hennepin County, from Rogers to Bloomington).