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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Hatch campaign

The Republicans are all aghast as usual (every time I read something like this, I think of Helen Lovejoy saying "Won't anybody please think of the children?"; and people wonder why Republicans are seen as uptight..)

Linking to public studies: no big deal to me. They are public! Anybody can link to them.

Talking about Judi Dutcher on Attorney General letterhead: I can't imagine a scenario where this is appropriate. Hatch should know better.

Really, all candidates should know better. To me, it's not that hard to draw a clear line between your official duties and your campaign. Never the twain shall meet, as they say. But for some odd reason, candidates like to get as close as possible to that line. Why? What does it get them? There are few benefits, and a lot of detriments should somebody find out. Would it make that big of a deal if Hatch talked about Dutcher on paper that didn't come from the AG's office?

I can't say that I am feeling too good about how Hatch has been acting lately. First, attacking the Star Tribune for a story that doesn't exist, and now this...as somebody who used to be party chair and has run several successful campaigns for statewide office, Hatch should not be making these mistakes.

4 Comments:

At 9:36 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Using state resources for crass political purposes??

How's that National Guard deployment to the Mexican border going, Timmy?

 
At 11:03 PM, August 02, 2006, Anonymous Dyna said...

Or like at Farmfest today when Teflon Tim Pawlenty got to keep the microphone in his role as governor after playing candidate in the debate. BTW, was the beefy guy in the backround one of Tim's taxpayer provided State Patrol bodyguards? And did Tim pay his own way to Farmfest of did we taxpayers have to provide his SUV and chauffer?

 
At 10:52 AM, August 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A non-incumbent can complain about political use of office, but really Timmy, isn't this a stretch. A better idea for Hatch. Why not get a ride on the state plane with Timmy anytime he goes anywhere. It would always be "state business" and the taxpayers would save with the '2 for the price of 1' flying bill.

 
At 2:00 PM, August 03, 2006, Blogger Phoenix Woman said...

By the way, Britt Robson, in discussing Strib newsroom bigwig (and longtime conservative Republican) D.J. Tice's approving Dane Smith's apparent efforts to turn an old parking against Hatch and/or one of his daughters into some sort of gay adultery smear, helps provide more evidence for my theory that the Strib is now a sort of inverted Wall Street Journal. Whereas the WSJ has arch-conservative Op-Edders and a good, fairly neutral newsroom, the Strib has a liberal lead editorial staff and an increasingly conservative columnist/newsroom setup.

 

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