Posted: 10/26/12 00:21
by Dave Mindeman
I have to say that I find this pretty disturbing....
"I'm running the ad to make the case. There are allegations against Sen. Klobuchar. If true, they are pretty serious," said Mike Osskopp, Bills' campaign manager.
Osskopp, who is not one of the best political characters in Minnesota, is running an ad for Bills that brings up allegations that Amy Klobuchar passed on prosecuting Tom Petters when she was Hennepin County attorney.
Now, apparently there was some link to Petters via a different person that went through the County Attorney's office, but the idea of any massive Petters fraud was not conceivable at that time; and the idea that some obvious connection existed, is a stretch.
Yet without any proof, and based primarily on a blog posting that is throwing out any connection they can come up with to see if it sticks, Osskopp and the Bills campaign are running a TV commercial that acts as if it is all true.
And here is the really ugly part of this...
Osskopp said the campaign is running the ad because it wants the media to investigate the story.
So Osskopp, without any proof, without any actual paper trail, without any actual news organization backing the story....without any of that, Osskopp thinks it is OK to put an ad on television that can say something that might be without any merit whatsoever... or more bluntly - a complete lie.....and hopes the mainstream media will investigate because Osskopp puts it on TV.
Although this smacks of desperation, the larger issue is that we now have to wonder -- Can you say anything in a political ad? I know Cravaack and Nolan are having exchanges about the residency issues of the incumbent and questions have been raised. But at least they are arguing over something substantive. Osskopp is working with rumor and innuendo. Pulling it out of his you-know-what.
Mike Osskopp has stooped to the lowest level of the political basement. I hope this goes on his resume for future reference.