Posted: 06/29/15 21:56
by Dave Mindeman
It is hard to figure a candidate's positions from fundraising letters, but they often give clues to what kind of a legislator they might be should they get elected.
Here is a quote that came in a campaign e-mail regarding the Mary Lawrence for Congress campaign (via her husband Jim Lawrence)....
For more than 50 quarters as CFO of Northwest Airlines, General Mills and Unilever, I sweated through the last few days of the quarter-end. Sales orders need to come in, and the guys and gals in the warehouses need to work long hours to get the goods out the door. (Slightly different in the airline business, but you get the idea.)
Now, I am sweating for my wife, Mary, who needs your dollars before midnight tomorrow, Tuesday, June 30.
This is not a letter to persuade you to contribute. This is a call to action!
If you believe that a centrist, pro-growth, pro-business congresswoman would better serve this country than a far-right (or left) partisan ideologue, then we need action today.
That last paragraph is interesting. It was subtle but what is said in parentheses is probably a veiled attack on Angie Craig. And the nice little code words of "pro-growth" and "pro-business" give us a little more insight into what kind of Congressperson Mary Lawrence aspires to be.
Lawrence is attempting to position herself as a "centrist" candidate. And that's fine, if you think replacing John Kline with a very slight twist to the left from his right wing positions is the only way to win in the 2nd District.
And while Lawrence doesn't make a direct reference to Craig as a leftward partisan ideologue - it is hard to imagine that there is anyone else on the horizon who could remotely bring up the (or left) subject unless Lawrence sees something out there that the rest of us don't.
It is getting more clear that Lawrence is going to run and legislate as a Blue Dog Democrat. Let's just say-- more of a Collin Peterson than a Betty McCollum. And, frankly, that's OK if you think that is what it will take to beat John Kline.
Personally, I'd rather see a more transparent and complete ideological change from what Kline has been delivering. Moving from a Congressman who is owned by the corporations....to a person who has a corporate ear...is probably not enough for me...but that's just me.
Jim Lawrence gives us a corporate view for the Mary Lawrence campaign and I doubt this would be "paid for" by the Lawrence campaign unless that is clearly where she stands as well.
To be fair, I think Angie Craig has pretty close corporate ties as well. After all, she comes out of the Medical Device industry with their device tax repeal agenda. But Lawrence aspires to get that corporate sympathizer label all to herself.
Pro-growth and pro-business. Pro-growth depends on where that growth goes and we all know it is NOT going to the 99%. And if being pro-business is the way to get there....well, we have heard enough of that from the other party. Don't need to dump Kline to get that.
Mary Lawrence applauded the Supreme Court's same sex marriage ruling, supported the Obamacare ruling, and is a strong advocate for Veterans.
But if pro-business is your method of fundraising in the Democratic base, then more questions need to be answered.