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Despicable Marty

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Despicable-Me-2Its no secret that I can’t stand Marty Seifert and his antics. I haven’t tried to hide it because I think he displays everything that is wrong with politicians and is not worthy of holding let alone seeking public office. Before the convention in Rochester, I thought he was one of the most selfish candidates around who was willing to do and say anything to help himself no matter the effects on the Republican Party. After Rochester, I feel 150% proven right that Marty Seifert is a Despicable Republican.

After his 2010 endorsement loss, Seifert disappeared for the next 3 years. He only popped up again when his 2014 campaign needed to get started. His dishonest entry into the 2013 State Central Committee straw poll was just the beginning. He organized a write in campaign but claimed he had nothing to do with it. The hints of the same old Marty were clear to people like me.

As the 2014 endorsing campaign dragged out, the same old Seifert was back. Sure he claimed he was a new man and his old tactics were behind him. He blamed his 2010 negative campaign tactics on consultants and his absence from Party politics was due to his job. But he was still spreading lies and misleading Delegates about his opponents and his absence was clearly more about not bothering to help since his name wasn’t on the ballot in 2010 or 2012. His selfishness consumes him.

After witnessing Seifert’s 2014 campaign up to this convention, all of my reservations towards Seifert were confirmed and I still couldn’t stand him or imagine him as the endorsed Republican candidate for Governor. But somehow Seifert managed to make me hate him even more with what he did at the end of the convention.

I went into the convention a supporter of Dave Thompson and Michelle Benson. We fought a long and hard race over the last year. After the 3rd ballot it was clear that it could be a long day and we could have dragged it out so that there wouldn’t be an endorsement. But Team Thompson knew that was not going to be good for the party. We needed an endorsement and Jeff Johnson was worthy of it.

If you heard Sen. Osmek describe the back room happenings while waiting for the 3rd ballot results on Up and At ‘Em this morning, there was a roar in the Thompson War Room, and then Dave emerged with tears in his eyes. I was in that room. We cheered and thanked Dave, Michelle, and their families for fighting a good fight, but for also doing what was right for the party.

I immediately went up to a friend of mine on the Johnson campaign and said, “OK, get me a red shirt.” His eyes nearly popped out of his head and he barged into their war room and dug through boxes to find one for me. I threw it on and went out onto the floor as Dave Thompson took the stage. My headset off, tears in my eyes, it was now time for us to unite behind Johnson. It was time to do what was right for the party.

Dave Thompson gave a concession speech that made me realize that I had been helping the right guy to this point because in the end of the day it was never about Dave or Michelle, it was about us as a party. Thompson withdrew and endorsed Jeff Johnson.

But then Marty Seifert did something despicable.

 

From MPR’s Catherine Richert:

On the third ballot, Seifert had about 27 percent of the vote. Instead of withdrawing as Thompson did, Seifert told the crowd he would be competing in the primary.

He also said his delegates were free to go home.

“Instead of dragging things out, taking your time, keeping you here, I am going to decide that my delegates can be released to go home and go get your sleep,” Seifert said.

Critics said the tactic was meant to shut down the convention without an endorsement.

“Out of respect for you, the delegates, I’m here to say, ‘that was uncalled for,’” said party chair Keith Downey minutes after Seifert made his speech.

Seifert did try to block the endorsement by telling his people to leave. I has Seifert staffers pass by me telling their supporters not to vote and to leave. You see, if the total number of ballots cast fell short of a certain number, even if Johnson did get 60% on the vote, it may have meant the endorsement wouldn’t stand.

Marty Seifert showed his true colors this weekend. Unlike the selfishness of Kurt Zellers and Scott Honour who didn’t even try to run an endorsement campaign and participate in the convention, Seifert did. For reasons I can’t imagine, some Delegates and local party leaders like him and remain loyal to him. Seifert’s ego and self absorption were at war with the Republican Party of Minnesota. Marty Seifert embodies everything that is wrong with politicians.

The selfish act of telling his supporters to leave and dragging out his speech to give them time to depart in an attempt to block the endorsement of Johnson was one of the most selfish and destructive things I’ve seen in my decade of party activity.

Well, Marty Seifert you lost and proved all of your critics right. Jeff Johnson is endorsed. All resources of the Party are now at his disposal, and in my opinion that includes local officers and events.  Seifert’s selfish act raises serious concerns and problems that could result in divisions that could cost us Legislative and CD elections. Will he continue his selfish drive to make it all about himself risking the CD7 Race, picking up State House seats, and electing Mike McFadden over Franken by telling his supporters not to help the party? I’ve already heard he made a threat before the convention that if he didn’t win, he was going to prevent his volunteers from helping the party locally.

I shot this video of Sefiert at a BPOU meeting in April. Seifert tells local Party leaders what to do should he not receive the endorsement. Was he being honest or saying what they wanted to hear?

 

 

Team Thompson Lands Big Player As Finance Chair

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Big news from Dave Thompson’s Gubernatorial campaign.

With a week to go before the Republican Party of Minnesota endorsing convention, GOP Sen. Dave Thompson has announced Brenton Hayden, founder of Renter’s Warehouse, as finance chair of his gubernatorial campaign.

Thompson, a state senator from Lakeville, also announced on Friday morning that Ryan Marvin, co-owner of Renter’s Warehouse, has agreed to take on an “active role” in his campaign for governor. Thompson is currently in a six-way race for the GOP nomination to take on DFL Gov. Mark Dayton this fall, but he’s one of only two major candidates promising to abide by the party’s decision next week.

“The competition in the Republican Party is fierce, however Dave has shown he has the sort of backbone and conservative values entrepreneurs like myself really appreciate,” Hayden said in a statement. “Dave has my full support.”

Honour’s New PAC Ad – Less Than “Honest”

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Scott Honour’s new PAC “Compete MN” came out with an ad that recycles an Honour attack that he’s been using on his Republican opponents. It recycles the cheap shot Honour has been using on the convention trail regarding MNSure. Honour has been claiming that he is the only candidate who wants to get rid of MN Sure.

If a glowing endorsement of the Honour PAC from Michael Brodkorb wasn’t enough to make you gag…. how about it being pegged by MPR for not being accurate? I know, both are less then credible sources in GOP circles, but even a stopped watch is right twice a day.

Honour isn’t the only GOP gubernatorial hopeful that wants to scrap MNsure.

In fact, it appears the biggest difference between him and most of the candidates is that he would opt to move candidates into the federal exchange over fixing MNsure. To be fair, that would be the state’s only option unless it got special permission from the federal government not to participate in an exchange at all.

The ad touting his campaign gets this one wrong.

Honour’s campaign worked very hard to try to nail down all his opponents as pro-MNSure and even said that his opponents wanted to give Dayton a blank check for MNSure. This of course scored some cheap political points, but was … also lacking in the truthiness department.

I have a saying about political candidates… A candidate willing to say anything necessary to get elected, will do anything once they are elected.

I also know that anyone can give a speech to a room full of Republicans. Its easy to craft a speech to hit all the talking points that they want to hear. Its another thing entirely to have a plan to accomplish something.

 

Seifert Fishing For Free Press By Trying To Buy Their Lodging & Food

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

From today’s Star Tribune Morning Hotdish email:

Free hotel room for Seifert fishing opener

Political watchers scoffed when GOP gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert announced his own fishing opener outing this year to rival the governor’s annual fishing season kickoff. Traditionally, political reporters steer clear of the governor’s fishing opener extravaganza. But Seifert’s campaign is offering some unusual bait to get journalists to Thumper Pond Resort in Otter Tail County: a free hotel room and reception Friday night. “We know it’s a long drive,” said Seifert spokesman Andy Post. (Most political reporters would not accept free lodging from a campaign.) – Baird Helgeson

 

I’m guessing that Republican Delegates are not lining up to go fish with a candidate who isn’t going to respect their decision on the endorsement on the fishing opener.

 

Liberal Advice Republicans Would Be Wise To Accept

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

From Blois Olson’s Morning Take.

THURSDAYTAKE:  While the focus of Minnesota politics is wrapping up the legislative session, behind the scenes GOP candidates for Senate and Governor are feverishly working to prepare for the May 30th state convention in Rochester.  In the gubernatorial race, the overly crowded GOP field presents the potential for very divisive and expensive August primary.  Sen. Dave Thompson and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson have the edge for the endorsement, and with so many candidates there is a potential for “no endorsement” however that could be worse for Republicans chances against Dayton.  Winning crowded primaries is exhausting, it wears out the volunteers, it takes time to re-unite the party and it drains the checkbook.  While Marty Siefert starts TV ads tomorrow, and Rep. Kurt Zellers and businessman Scott Honour look for running mates, incumbent Gov. Mark Dayton raises money and has a long summer of ads and organizing to prepare for whoever his GOP opponent will be.  Dayton and the DFL are savoring this as an unexpected treat that will keep them focused on touting Dayton’s record rather than responding to a Republican opponent until August.

The strategy of Seifert, Zellers, and Honour of going to the Primary is the number one thing that will aid Dayton’s reelection chances.

Selfishly pushing off the focus on Dayton and the DFL’s record of failure and incompetence until mid August and instead trying to inflate their own egos is exactly the type of thing Democrats need to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

The key to Republicans winning statewide is focusing voters’ attention on the DFL’s record and radical agenda, not allowing them to see a messy food fight between Republicans. The arrogance of some Republican candidates thus far to mislead and distort fellow Republicans’ records to gain an upper hand is going to spill over into a Primary contest and alienate critical swing voters from considering it a two party race.

My hope is that the Republicans assemble in Rochester and endorse a candidate so overwhelmingly that anyone selfish enough to run in the Primary is ignored sees their supporters abandon them because the real opponent is Dayton and his legions of leftwing political special interests and deep pocketed Progressives who are trying to destroy this state.

Go Team Thompson!

Democrats Fear Team Thompson

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Here’s an email from Team Thompson

Whom do the Democrats fear?

Dear Delegate:

Thank you so much for the outpouring of support for Team Thompson over the last several months. Because of your efforts, we are in a good position to win the endorsement on May 31, and take our campaign to all Minnesota voters. More and more people are coming on board as our message takes hold.

Almost 10 months ago we launched our campaign for governor. From day one my priorities have been to build grass roots support, win your endorsement, put together a good organization, and raise the resources to win this election and defeat Mark Dayton.

In the most competitive and crowded fundraising field in recent history, our campaign is proving it is gaining steam while others are losing momentum.

I am not a career politician. Unlike my opponents, my “Rolodex” does not contain a long list of political contributors built over years of running for office or holding Party positions. As a sitting Senator, I have been defending you at the Capitol since February 25. These responsibilities limit my time to campaign and fundraise. And finally, I have stayed true to my convictions by not participating in the Political Contribution Refund (PCR) program. Some people told me this was unwise, but I believe it is always best to do what you believe is right, even if it puts you to a bit of a political disadvantage.

Despite all of this, in the first quarter of 2014, our campaign raised $67,000.

We have proven that we can win the battle of ideas, we have put together a good organization, and we can raise money. We have proven that we have what it takes to win the endorsement, fend off any primary challengers, and defeat Governor Dayton in November.

Please take just a few minutes and listen to this radio segment known as “ask the liberal.”You will hear it from the horse’s mouth: Democrats in this state do not want to face Dave Thompson and Michelle Benson in the general election!

Thank you again for your support!

Dave

Democrats Want You Addicted To Government

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The DFL sent out a fundraising email this morning and in the very first sentence tells you all you need to know about the agenda of that left wing party.

50 million Americans currently rely on Medicare and that number is rising every year […]

Democrats think more people dependent on Government is a good thing. That’s the fundamental difference between Republicans and Democrats.

Republicans want people to be able to take care of themselves, Democrats want people to have no other choice but to rely on Government. Period!

DFL Rolls Out Shiny Ball To Distract From MNSure Lies

Monday, April 7th, 2014

After the utter incompetence and bald faced lies of Governor Dayton and the DFLers running MNSure was exposed over the weekend, they were desperate for something to distract Minnesotans with. Hey, why not a billion tax on employers and kick back to their union buds?

DFL leaders make deal to hike the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour

Tied to inflation of course so they never have to actually vote for socialism again.

It is quite astonishing the scope of the coverup of the DFL’s mishandling of MNSure and the Obamacare rollout in Minnesota.

The economic impacts of the DFLs two years of unaccountability and Marxist agenda will be felt for a long long time.

This minimum wage increase is simply another form of redistribution. They don’t care about any of the ramifications.

Its a sad day for Minnesota and the Republic that these wolves are guarding the hen house and no one seems willing to shine a light on their corruptive abuses of power and disrespect for the citizens of Minnesota.

Like Kids In The Candy Store – DFL Electioneering Bills Launched

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

No this is not an April Fools joke.

A pair of House proposals is being released to spend a combined $975 million on public works construction projects.

Rather than putting everything into one bill, House Capital Investment Committee Chairwoman Alice Hausman says she’ll introduce two on Tuesday. She says one will contain $850 million worth of proposed borrowing and the other will have $125 million in projects that would be paid in cash.

It’s an unusual tact, but one spurred on in part by the state’s surplus. Lawmakers plan to pay cash for some things to save on interest costs.

There’s also political intrigue. Borrowing bills require three-fifths majorities to pass. A cash bill would require only a simple majority.

By Capital Investment, DFLers mean, making sure their special interests get all the kick backs so they will work for Democrats to maintain control of the Capital.

Central Planning Alert: XCEL’s Adding Generation, But State To Decide Source

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Why can’t XCEL and its customers decide where they get more power from?

Regulators to Decide Solar Power vs. Natural Gas

Created: 03/26/2014 5:35 AM KSTP.com 
By: Jennie Olson

Minnesota utility regulators are deciding between solar power and natural gas for providing additional electricity for Xcel Energy’s 1.2 million customers in the state.

At issue is whether Xcel Energy’s customers would be best served by $250 million in solar power arrays proposed by Geronimo Energy of Edina or by adding generating units at power plants in Burnsville, Cannon Falls or Mankato.

They fail to mention how much adding natural gas generators would cost.

An administrative law judge concluded three months ago that Xcel Energy’s power needs aren’t growing so fast. He recommended Geronimo Energy’s plan to build about 20 solar arrays next to Xcel substations as the best deal.

I wonder if there is a conflict of interest with the law judge. Like he is either a biased environutter or has friends who stand to benefit from the state’s PUC picking the solar panel option.

It wouldn’t be the first time a bunko green energy company was given huge contracts. Remember Solyndra? 

A state commission picking winners and losers is not what freedom looks like.