Friday, June 02, 2006

A matter of class

Posted by Craig Westover | 5:59 PM |  

In a comment that I felt deserved its own post, reader J. Ewing expressed the desire that he could have some admiration for his [Republican] Party when it came to addressing issues. Here's another example. No comment is necessary other than compare the statement from Peter Hutchinson's campaign on Tim Pawlenty's endorsement with the official comments of the Republican Party on other party's selection of candidates.
PETER HUTCHINSON'S STATEMENT ON ENDORSEMENT OF TIM PAWLENTY

Congratulations to Tim Pawlenty for securing his party's endorsement. Over the next five months, we'll meet on the campaign trail. I look forward to a vigorous debate of the issues that matter most for the prosperity and future of Minnesota and who's best able to lead the state forward.

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Tried, Tested And Rejected Steve Kelley Selects Tried, Tested And Rejected Ruth Johnson

St. Paul- Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Ron Carey today issued the following statement regarding Steve Kelley's selection of Ruth Johnson as his running mate.

"With his choice of 'Retread Ruth' Johnson as his running mate, Steve Kelley has once again demonstrated his commitment to the failed liberalism of the past.

"Steve Kelley should check in with 'Governor' Mike Freeman about just how much Ruth Johnson brings to a statewide ticket."

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Republican Party of Minnesota Statement on Becky Lourey's Selection of Tim Baylor

St. Paul- Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Ron Carey today issued the following statement regarding Becky Lourey's selection of Tim Baylor as her running mate.

"In spite of today's Hail Mary pass from Becky Lourey, the race for governor will continue to be a clear choice between four liberals and one common sense leader, Governor Pawlenty.

"When it comes to cracking down on illegal immigration, reforming education, protecting traditional marriage and opposing job killing tax increases, Governor Pawlenty represents a clear contrast to the tired liberal policies of Becky Lourey, Steve Kelley, Mike Hatch and Peter Hutchinson."
Political zingers and taking shots at opponents are part of the political game. Sooner or later, however, one ought to say something of substance or all of the negative campaigning, no matter how clever, starts to wear very, very thin.