I saw it in the Sun Current, in a story titled “Congressman Erik Paulsen talks taxes.” It’s about another photo op Paulsen’s pals at various Chambers of Commerce set up at a local company. One topic was the subject of Bush The Lesser’s tax cuts. Here’s what He Whom Talks Like Ramstad But Votes Like Bachmann had to say:

“If I had to predict, unfortunately, given Congress’ track record of leadership, this is all going to be the week of Dec. 25,” Paulsen said. “Right? I mean it’s going to get pushed out. Because Congress acts on deadlines, unfortunately.

“And then, at that time you’ll see the media sort of accentuate, you know, it’ll all get played out about the sort of the challenges coming at the end of the year. … I can see the scenario building, and it’s predictable from that sense. And, we should be dealing with it right now.”

Which is kind of funny. Here’s why: Paulsen was selected to a Party Leadership Position in 2009.

That’s vintage Paulsen, folks: trashing the leadership you’re part of, but not mentioning your role in said leadership. One reason Congress has such a low approval rating is “leaders” like Erik Paulsen.

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

Erik Paulsen’s “Pals”

On July 17, 2012, in Erik Paulsen, rightwingnuts, by tommy

First, I saw the tweet, to the right. And I thought: “Yeah, ‘right.’” Like, all the dough career politician Erik Paulsen (remember, Paulsen was selected to a Party Leadership Position in 2009) has been pullin’ out of W.D.C.; and his Spokestool is gonna claim that’s proof that folk “stand behind” him, here on the semi-frozen tundra??!?

Then I saw the story, at Minnesota Public Radio News:

Campaign 2012
Minnesota candidates collect money from outside the state
by Catharine Richert, Minnesota Public Radio
July 16, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Just because you live in California, doesn’t mean you can’t help out one of Minnesota’s candidates for Congress.

According to the most recent round of campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, contributors living as far away as Alaska are pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into Minnesota’s congressional races. (rest of story, here)

But the rest of the story didn’t talk about the guy who hauled home a whole bunch o’ dough; dough that his Spokestool infers shows a whole bunch o’ local support for his boss, career politician Erik Paulsen.

So, knowing how to look around a Federal Election Report, or two, or more, I figured I’d take a quick look. Let’s look!

Paulsen’s election campaign committee is called “Friends Of Erik Paulsen”. And what a bunch o’ swell pals does he got!!! Link said “friends”, and you’ll see “July Quarterly” under Year 2012. That’s the latest filing Paulsen’s Spokester was tweeting about.

Now, I didn’t take a whole lot of time, but I did go through the individual donors alphabetically, A thru D. And the very first “friend” (a/k/a, “donor”) Paulsen has listed?

Debbie Ackerman, Wilmette, IL $250 — Employer: Twin Bridge Capital Occupation: Private Equity

First Maximum Cash Allowed “friend”?

Barb Anderson, St. Could, MN $5,000 — Employer: Homemaker Occupation: Homemaker

All in all, of all the donors, er, ‘scuse me, “Friends of Erik Paulsen” with last names starting with A through D, there were 43 that I figure are in Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District. I counted 51 that weren’t inside the District.

And I noted that many of those outside the District, were REALLY outside of the District: Illinios, Maryland, Wisconsin, Virginia, Arizona, Florida, California, New Mexico, Georgia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, Maine, and New York were states I noted — just in A through D.

Those 43 “friends” IN the District? I tallied a total of $32,801, or about $763 per pal. Outside the District? $38,700, or about $759 per pal.

But, you know who Paulsen’s pals really, Really, REALLY are? PACs.

In just the A section of named PACs, Paulsen hauled in $41,500. Again, just from the A list…. and all of those pals PACs are from out of District AND out of state.

Again, what did career politician Erik Paulsen’s Spokestool say about Paulsen’s haul?

“#MN03 stands behind Erik Paulsen – raises a staggering $454K this quarter.”

In a way, that’s true – because us local yokels ARE behind Paulsen, because he’s lookin’ at his pals that give him most of his money – and they ain’t from ’round here.

More analysis, later – stay tuned!

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

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For every problem ailing us, career politician Erik Paulsen (remember, Paulsen was selected to a Party Leadership Position in 2009) has a Three Point Plan: “less taxes, spend less, less regulations.” Let’s look at how well (or not) Paulsen’s extremist right wing Three Point Plan (remember, he votes party line more often than Bachmann) fits in with a business section column in today’s print edition of the Strib:

A Few More Bad Apples
Al Lewis

And now, the week’s financial news:

Russ Wasendorf, founder of Peregrine Financial Group in Cedar Falls, Iowa, ran an exhaust hose into his Chevy Cavalier. Regulators allege he’d been cooking his books; millions are reportedly missing from client accounts. His company has filed to liquidate in bankruptcy court, and Mr. Wasendorf, 64, was arrested Friday after being hospitalized.

Hmmm… “cooked books”…. Where have I heard THAT phrase before?

Hey! I heard it here – Republicans, locally, are known for it!

Anyway, after Al Lewis discusses a few more “bad apples” there’s this:

Around the world, regulators continue investigating how many major banks may have been manipulating interest rates. The probe follows the resignation of Barclays honcho Robert Diamond and the international bank’s agreement to pay $450 million to settle claims that it put the fix on interest rates. These rates—called Libor—help determine what businesses and consumers pay on loans across the entire planet.

Clearly, it’s a HUGE problem, what these Banskters are up to; affecting folk across the globe. Al Lewis finishes today’s column with:

Yes, shocking. And this is just the stuff reported last week. I don’t have space to hash over the past decade, except to note that years ago our political and corporate elites promised that Enron’s collapse, while shocking, was an isolated event. Even relatively trustworthy business leaders agreed, including broker for the people, Charles Schwab.

“It is amazing to see this Enron thing unfold,” Mr. Schwab told the Austin American-Statesman in 2002. “It’s sort of ghastly. And you wonder what were they thinking about. You wonder how far along, how long ago did they cross over the line. My own view is that it is highly isolated; it’s not rampant.… One bad apple.”

No, it’s NOT shocking; not shocking at all. It’s predictable, when a Party Leader, such as career politician Erik Paulsen is, is running for re-election on a Three Point Plan that enables that kind of behavior.

“Less taxes.” That means there’s less money to pay for people to investigate and prosecute crime.

Spend less.” See above; fewer investigators and fewer prosecutors to put Banksters behind bars.

“Less regulations.” In a nut shell (pun intended), Paulsen thinks Banksters should have fewer rules to follow. But hey, that’s ok: who needs rules when there’s less investigators and prosecutors anyway?

Paulsen’s bought into “Reaganomics”, which allegedly would spur growth by – ready for this? – “less taxes, less spending, and fewer regulaions.”

How’s THAT worked out, over the last couple of decades? There’s a reason Bush The Elder called “Reaganomics” “Voodoo Economics” – that’s EXACTLY what it is.

Paulsen also went all-in on The Ryan Budget Plan, just this spring.

Financial scandals like ENRON used to happen occasionally. Al Lewis talked, above, about how they’re now happening DAILY. How do these Banksters get away with their scams for so long, before they’re caught and run off with so many victim’s hard-earned money?

“Less taxes.” “Spend less.” “Less regulations.”

That’s NOT just the plan of a Congressman from Minnesota’s 3rd District; that’s the plan of a Leader in the Party In Power in Washington D.C.

Anybody ever remember Paulsen running on a “let’s get tough on crime!” platform? No? Me neither. Don’t remember that at all. Perhaps that’s because tossing criminals in the can requires MORE spending. That requires MORE taxes. That requires MORE regulations, because when it’s found out that Banksters are exploiting loopholes in the laws, new laws (and regulations) are needed.

If you have investments in 401(k)’s and the like, you should be worried – very, Very, VERY worried.

Because by it’s very nature, Paulsen’s Three Point Plan calls for less investigators and prosecutors for the Banksters on Wall Street.

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

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Yesterday, career politician Erik Paulsen’s Party (and remember, Paulsen was the only GOPer Freshman to be selected to a Party Leadership Position in 2009) voted for the 33rd time to repeal the Affordable (health)Care Act. CBS News has a story about Paulsen’s Party’s exercise in futility, and how much taxpayer money was wasted. Let’s look!

(direct link to YouTube)

So, Paulsen is a party to wasting two week’s of Congress’ time by holding 33 votes in an excercise of futility that cost taxpayers around $50 MILLION dollars?

No surprise there!

Stay tuned….

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)

Yesterday, I covered DFL Endorsed Congressional Candidate Brian Barnes at the 2012 DFL State Convention. Closely! Rode down to Rochester with him; covered him while working the Delegates there – before, during, and after his speech. And it was a really, Really, REALLY good speech – let’s look!

Ladies and Gents – we have an excellent candidate for Congress in MN-03; Brian Barnes.

At the end of the speech, Brian asked:

“If you’re labor, or support labor – stand up!”
“If you support choice, equal pay for women and Planned Parenthood, stand up!”
“If you want to protect social security or are collecting social security, stand up!”
“If you support equality for all, stand up!”
“If you support having the best schools in the world, stand up!”
“Stand up; stand up and be counted!”

And everybody there stood up! Brian had everyone on their feet. For the rest of the day, I saw and heard people walking up to Brian and talking about his speech; I heard people talking to each other about his speech.

This election is going to be about turnout. The bigger the number of people voting the better the DFL Candidate’s chances.

Brian Barnes has been, is, and will continue to work hard to inspire people and Get Out The Vote.

If you want to help Brian beat a guy that thinks taxpayers should pay for his campaign mailers, then you should Link to ActBlue.com and help Brian buy a few stamps. And buttons. And bumper stickers. And yard signs. And all the other things it takes to beat a guy with over a million bucks in his campaign warchest, but can’t help himself from abusing the taxpayers anyway.

So help Brian out, will ya? Stand UP!

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

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I walked out to the mailbox two weeks ago, and there it was – a big ol’ (12 x 8 1/2 inch!), full color mailer marked “PUBLIC DOCUMENT — OFFICIAL BUSINESS — This mailing was prepared, published and mailed at taxpayer expense.” It was, of course, from career politician Erik Paulsen.

And what was so important in that “PUBLIC DOCUMENT — OFFICIAL BUSINESS” that career politician Erik Paulsen wanted to share – at taxpayer expense? “A tidal wave of spending and debt is upon us” Well, that “tidal wave of spending” is fueled by Postage Stamp Paulsen’s wasteful abuse “use” of the Congressional Frank.

Yesterday I walked out to the mail box, and there was ANOTHER full color mailer marked “PUBLIC DOCUMENT — OFFICIAL BUSINESS — This mailing was prepared, published and mailed at taxpayer expense” – sent from (you guessed it!) career politician Erik Paulsen – let’s look!


(direct link)

WOW!!! there, on the front: “A Report from Congressman ERIK PAULSEN”!!!

What was so special, that “Congressman ERIK PAULSEN” wanted to report to yours truly (and my nighbors) at taxpayer expense? Let’s look!!!


(direct link)

“Recently, I visited Cedar Ridge Elementary, and had the chance to meet with students in Mr. Terwillger’s 1st grade class. I enjoyed spending time with students of the class and reading the book House mouse, Senate mouse.”

STOP THE PRESSES! ALERT THE MEDIA!!!

Career politician Erik Paulsen read a book with a 1st grade class, and thinks that’s a worthy enough event to be worthy of “A Report from Congressman ERIK PAULSEN” to send to taxpayers – at taxpayer expense.

It’s time to send career politician Erik Paulsen to the private sector, where he won’t be able to waste taxpayer money, any more.

Link here to help do just that.

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Some of the previous coverage of career politician Erik Paulsen abusing “using” taxpayer money and the franking privilege:

“Postage Stamp Paulsen: Back In Action Again!”, dated 20 May 2012

“What’s So Funny About This Picture Of Erik Pauslen?”, dated 18 April 2012

“Paulsen uses taxpayer money to play campaign-season games”, dated 09 April 2009

“More on Paulsen’s franking/game-playing”, dated 10 April 2009

“AP: Paulsen 3rd in Congress for mass communications spending”,dated 26 March 2010

“Postage-Stamp Paulsen Sends Another Mailer”, dated 31 March 2010

“Erik Paulsen And The Times-News Editorial”, dated 13 April 2010

“Did Postage-Stamp Paulsen Really Send Out ANOTHER Mailer?”, dated 16 April 2010

“Paulsen WINS – Most Franked Mail – Minnesota Division – First Quarter 2011″, dated 12 June 2011

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)

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I spent most of yesterday watching Twitter traffic relating to the Deadbeat MnGOP’s State Convention in St. Cloud, where there was plenty of bleating about “fiscal responsibility.” Yeah, “right.” One tweet I sent: How pathetic has the #MnGOP become? When asking if they paid their #mngop12 tab before splitting town is a serious question. #StribPol

So I go out to the mailbox yesterday, and what do I find in it? A 12 x 8 1/2 inch, full color “PUBLIC DOCUMENT — OFFICIAL BUSINESS — This mailing was prepared, published and mailed at taxpayer expense” sent from none other than Postage Stamp Paulsen.

This is the front – and at 12 inches by 8 1/2 inches, it’s too big to make a full scan of it, let alone a full screenshot – let’s look!

Hey, if Paulsen’s past record of “spen(ding) more than any of his Gopher State colleagues on printing and publications, as well as sending out unsolicited mail” is any prediction on what ol’ Postage Stamp has planned for, in this cycle, well – I guess we ARE in for a tidal wave of taxpayer paid mailers, here in Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District…

Here’s a screenshot from the back side o’ Postage Stamp’s taxpayer paid “Public Document”…

“Government spending is out of control.”??!? No, it’s Paulsen’s spending that is out of control.

“…eliminate wasteful federal programs.”??!? You mean, like, the program that lets Paulsen send out “thinly veiled re-election entreaties” and got Paulsen named – by name! – in an editorial in Herdersonveille, North Carolina? A link to the full editorial is below; here’s the ending line:

Such spending should be eliminated. If politicians want to send glossy, self-promoting pamphlets about themselves, they can pay for them themselves.

And it’s not like Paulsen can’t afford to pay for these mailers himself; his latest FEC Campaign Finance Filing shows Paulsen’s sitting on almost $1.3 million.

Look, Erik Paulsen first door knocked me back in 1994; I didn’t like his politics then and I dam sure don’t like them now. Link to Act Blue and help out Brian Barnes beat Paulsen this November.

Now, way back, up on top of this post, there’s a .gif that morphs from Paulsen to Bachmann. That’s because when the question is asked: “How did Paulsen vote on the (fill in the blank) issue?” the correct answer is: “That’s easy to find out; check Bachmann’s voting record!!!”

But when it comes to wasting taxpayer money with self-serving “thinly veiled re-election entreaties” — Paulsen’s in a league of his own.

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Some of the previous coverage, of Paulsen abusing “using” taxpayer money and the franking privilege:

“What’s So Funny About This Picture Of Erik Pauslen?”, dated 18 April 2012

“Paulsen uses taxpayer money to play campaign-season games”, dated 09 April 2009

“More on Paulsen’s franking/game-playing”, dated 10 April 2009

“AP: Paulsen 3rd in Congress for mass communications spending”,dated 26 March 2010

“Postage-Stamp Paulsen Sends Another Mailer”, dated 31 March 2010

“Erik Paulsen And The Times-News Editorial”, dated 13 April 2010

“Did Postage-Stamp Paulsen Really Send Out ANOTHER Mailer?”, dated 16 April 2010

“Paulsen WINS – Most Franked Mail – Minnesota Division – First Quarter 2011″, dated 12 June 2011

I’m sure there’s more; this is just from a quick google search – stay tuned!

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

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I got it off of a tweet by a GOPer; it was hanging at the GOP CD3 Convention last Saturday in Edina. Look real close, in the lower right-hand corner…

“Spend Less!”

Yeah, “right.” I wonder what THAT banner cost??!?

Paulsen flew that banner last Saturday, and what does The St. Cloud Times report the very next day? Let’s look!

House spending reflects priorities
Bachmann spends on offices; Cravaack on travel, supplies

WASHINGTON — Rep. Michele Bachmann spent more on maintaining her congressional offices in 2011 than any other Minnesota member of the House of Representatives.

Rep. Erik Paulsen spent more than any of his Gopher State colleagues on printing and publications, as well as sending out unsolicited mail.

And freshman Rep. Chip Cravaack led the delegation in spending in three categories: equipment, supplies and travel.

Those are some of the highlights from a review of the House Statement of Disbursements for the final quarter of 2011. The three-volume, 2,794-page document is a window to how much tax dollars lawmakers spent in nine categories.
(emphasis added, more, here)

Let’s repeat that:

“Rep. Erik Paulsen spent more than any of his Gopher State colleagues on printing and publications, as well as sending out unsolicited mail.”

No surprise there!

Erik Paulsen, R=Bachmann, is notorious for, well, I won’t say “abusing” the franking privilege, but: I don’t have to! Somebody else will!!! This is from an editorial, naming Paulsen by name, from North Carolina – yes, North Carolina!

The idea that a representative would use as much as one third of his office budget, money meant to be spent in ways that benefit constituents, on thinly veiled re-election entreaties, is unconscionable. It’s an inappropriate use of the funds, and it presents an unfair advantage for incumbents.

Such spending should be eliminated. If politicians want to send glossy, self-promoting pamphlets about themselves, they can pay for them themselves.

You can read the whole thing, in a post entitled “Erik Paulsen And The Times-News Editorial”, dated 13 April 2010.

And once again, what does Paulsen’s banner say?

“Spend Less!”

Well, maybe YOU have to; sure seems like Paulsen doesn’t.

Because, today’s GOP believes in fiscal restraint – BY OTHERS. Them? Not so much.

Oh, and “how did Paulsen vote on the (fill in the blank) issue?” “That’s easy; just check Bachmann’s voting record!”

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Some of the previous coverage, of Paulsen abusing “using” taxpayer money and the franking privilege:

“Paulsen uses taxpayer money to play campaign-season games”, dated 09 April 2009

“More on Paulsen’s franking/game-playing”, dated 10 April 2009

“AP: Paulsen 3rd in Congress for mass communications spending”,dated 26 March 2010

“Postage-Stamp Paulsen Sends Another Mailer”, dated 31 March 2010

“Erik Paulsen And The Times-News Editorial”, dated 13 April 2010

“Did Postage-Stamp Paulsen Really Send Out ANOTHER Mailer?”, dated 16 April 2010

“Paulsen WINS – Most Franked Mail – Minnesota Division – First Quarter 2011″, dated 12 June 2011

I’m sure there’s more; this is just from a quick google search – stay tuned!

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

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Last Saturday (April 14th), the CD 3 GOP had their Endorsing Convention – and to no surprise, they selected career politician Erik Paulsen, R=Bachmann for another term. I noted a tweet by Derek Brigham – who at that time, was on the GOP CD3 Executive Committee; more on that later) – where Paulsen told the gathered faithful “I will not be out-hustled.” That reminded me of what I wrote when Paulsen first announced for Congress back in ’08, which I reposted yesterday: Deja Vu All Over Again: “The Hustler”.

I actually wrote two posts back in ’08, immediately after Paulsen announced. It’s worth going back and taking a look at them again, especially after we recently compared the voting records of career politician Erik Paulsen, R=Bachmann, and, well, Michele Bachmann. In somewhat of a surprise, Paulsen toes the party line even more than Bachmann! OpenCongress.org also noted:

Michele Bachmann and Erik Paulsen have voted together 2723 times on roll call votes since January, 2007 in votes where neither abstained, representing a voting similarity of 92%

Which is exactly why I’m bringing up the 2nd post I wrote 4 years ago, about Paulsen — let’s look!

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The “New! And Improved!!” Erik Paulsen
Submitted by TwoPuttTommy on January 28, 2008 – 9:45am.

Folks, you just can’t make this up – Erik Paulsen claiming to have, and I quote from his press release: “…years of working in bipartisan fashion, across the aisle, to get results in the business world and in the Minnesota legislature.”

ROFLMAO!!!!!

Just who does Erik Paulsen think he’s kidding??!?

ERIK PAULSEN, working in a “bipartisan fashion”??!? Those two belong together the same way “George W. Bush” and “articulate” do. Well, more like: “don’t.”

I was at Paulsen’s formal campaign announcement, and it was surreal. Now, most professional media types will tell you 1:30 on a Sunday afternoon is NOT when you want to have an announcement – not if you want to have a lot of media attention, that is.

And for this “major” event in a major race, I saw only one TV camera there. When I arrived, I asked the friendly folks at the check-in table for a media kit – and nobody knew where they were, or even who had them. After a half hour of asking volunteers for the kit, and even just who was the media contact, a volunteer brought me a one page press release.

I asked the cameraman if he had received a media kit; and he said his “media kit” consisted of the same as mine – a one-page press release.

That’s hardly what one would expect from a candidate wanting to get his message out – unless, perhaps, a candidate simply doesn’t want to get his message out. And quite frankly, with Erik Paulsen’s highly partisan past, it strongly occurs to me that he simply doesn’t want to be questioned about what he says. How else does one explain a one-page press release by a major party candidate for a seat in Congress?

There were no questions after Paulsen’s “I will represent the common sense values of Minnesota families…” sound-bite laden address.

Excuse me? I thought Paulsen was running to represent the THIRD DISTRICT’S families. And he’s claiming “common sense”? Common sense should tell people to question Mr. Paulsen very, Very, VERY closely about what he says – like what he said about “civility in politics”, and how he learned this lesson from “his friend and mentor, Jim Ramstad.”

Ladies and Gentlemen, I’ll be the first to recognize the genuine civility Jim Ramstad has graciously shown throughout his career.

And I’ll also be the first to say Erik Paulsen is no Jim Ramstad, in the civility department or, for that matter, just about any other department. If Erik wanted a lesson on incivility, all he would have to do is go to his party’s local website, which is the epitome of incivility. This website, which represents Paulsen locally, has a documented record of incivility and distortion. Just who does Paulsen think he’s fooling?

And in his quest to ditch his record for the “New! And Improved!!” label, Erik Paulsen correctly stated that Congress is broken. What Erik Paulsen neglected to say is that government is broken because of blind partisanship as practiced by the ilk of him here in Saint Paul, and John Kline in Washington.

Quite frankly, Paulsen – the former state house GOP majority leader – claiming to want to work to fix the Congress that republicans broke, defies credibility. Paulsen rose to power by being part of the system; Ramstad never rose to prominence because he refused to compromise his values. There’s a reason Jim Ramstad, first elected to congress in 1990, never rose to a leadership position, while Roy Blunt of Missouri, first elected in 1996, has.

And that reason is partisanship – Blunt personifies partisanship in Washington, while Ramstad personifies bi-partisanship. And Paulson’s record is clear; he has personified partisanship in Saint Paul.

Erik Paulsen – “new, and improved”? Not a chance.

All in all, Erik Paulsen’s performance yesterday, in stealth mode and by design, just goes to show once again why reasonable citizens simply cannot trust republiCon leadership.

(MnBlue.com, 28 January 2008)

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OK, to recap: 4 years ago, Paulsen claimed he’d work in a “bi-partisan” manner, should he be elected.

And what’s he done, since getting elected?

Toe the party line even more than Bachmann!

And that’s just today’s example, from the archives, of why “You Couldn’t Trust The GOP Then, You Still Can’t Now, And Tomorrow Won’t Be Any Different”.

In the days and weeks and months ahead, we’ll be taking a very Very VERY close look at what career politician Erik Paulsen has said, and what he’s done.

In the mean time, remember this: want to know how Paulsen voted on any given issue? That’s easy; check Bachmann’s voting record!

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)

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I saw the tweet…

Hmmm… “I will not be out hustled.” –Erik Paulsen

Hmmm…where have I seen that before?

Hey! I wrote about that before – let’s look!

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The “Hustler”
Submitted by TwoPuttTommy on January 29, 2008 – 11:58am.

At his announcement, Erik Paulsen claimed to have, and I quote from his press release: “…years of working in bipartisan fashion, across the aisle, to get results in the business world and in the Minnesota legislature.”

Yeah, “right.” Anyone even slightly paying attention understands Erik Paulsen did not rise to Republican state House leadership position by being “bi-partisan.”

Right out of the box, Paulsen forces the interested citizen to question his credibility.

The very first line of the press release says, and again I quote: “Saying ‘Congress is broken, I will work to fix it,’ Erik Paulsen….”

Just who does Erik Paulsen think he’s kidding?

Jim Ramstad tried to fix it, and for that he was rewarded by GOP Leadership with backbench status.

If Jim Ramstad couldn’t fix it, what reasonable person could possibly believe Erik Paulsen could?

Newt Gingrich’s “Contract With America” fundamentally changed how power is structured in the Republican Party, in Congress.

Serious academics can explain exactly how power was removed from committees and placed in party leadership, leading to things such as the strong-armed ouster of Gingrich and the installation of Dennis Hastert as Speaker, with Tom DeLay the muscle. Not to mention the Abramoff Scandal, the K-Street Project, etc etc etc.

To the layman, the following explains it clearly: when it comes to Republican Congressmen, “the people elect them, but the GOP Leadership directs them.”

Paulsen’s claim he’s going to “work to fix it” is simply not credible.

Like Erik Paulsen is really – as a freshman congressman – going to take on and challenge John Boehner and Roy Blunt’s power and authority?

Quite frankly, in a one page press release, Paulsen seems to have a knack of saying things that simply don’t ring true.

Consider this: “Failed ideas and yearning for the past stand in the way of change. So do the politics of blame, division and partisan spin. Minnesotans are weary of this brand of politics.” (emphasis added).

Say, Erik?

THAT’S YOUR PARTY YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT.

Especially in Eden Prairie, in Paulsen’s home town. Paulsen’s party’s website is the epitome of blame, division, and partisan spin.

Gentle readers, that’s the local GOP website that blamed the DFL and spun the per diem issue; that put Erik Paulsen (along with David Hann) in the position of: “Well, I voted against it, before I profited from it.”

And that per diem issue is but one example of the “blame, division, and spin” Paulsen’s party’s website is known for; not to mention dirty politics and distortion.

Is Erik Paulsen really condemning his party, here?

Right before he’s going to ask them for their endorsement of his campaign?

Will reasonable people really think Erik Paulsen is being sincere?

Just who does Erik Paulsen think he’s kidding??!?

In his speech, Paulsen claimed to be the moderate candidate, like Frenzel and Ramstad, that accurately represents this district, Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District.

ROFLMAO!!!!!

Erik Paulsen, “moderate”??!?

Ladies and gentlemen, Erik Paulsen is no moderate. He represents the extreme right wing of the GOP. He always has. If Erik Paulsen is saying he’s a “moderate”, I’m asking “since when – tomorrow?”

At the end of his speech, Erik Paulsen stated:

“I will not be out-hustled in this campaign.”

Clearly, those that look into Erik Paulsen’s past – his verifiable record – and compare that to what Erik Paulsen said on Sunday, can only conclude that Erik Paulsen is indeed a hustler.

Because he certainly isn’t believable.

This is crossposted at The Eden Prairie News

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Gentle Readers, Pulsen is indeed a “hustler” – and he’s also today’s example of this:

You Couldn’t Trust The GOP Then, You Still Can’t Now, And Tomorrow Won’t Be Any Different

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

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