Category: Mark Dayton
Posted: 10/22/14 23:54, Edited: 10/23/14 16:30
by Dave Mindeman
I feel sad tonight.
I feel sad for our political process. I feel sad that politicians feel that exploitation of families for political gain is within the boundaries of common decency.
Mostly, I feel sad for the family of 4 year old Eric Dean.
Eric Dean suffered repeated abuse
and finally died at the hands of his stepmother....and yes, Child Protection failed him. The circumstances were awful and the whole situation makes you sick to your stomach.
It was a total system failure, especially in Pope County....In all, between 2010 and 2012, Pope County had 15 chances to intervene, and perhaps save Eric Dean.
All of that is truly bad enough, but...THIS IS UNCONSCIONABLE!
This 30 second ad was paid for by the Republican Party of Minnesota. It is an independent expenditure and is being run outside of GOP Candidate Jeff Johnson's control. But Jeff Johnson needs to address this. He needs to say something. He has no personal control over its use, but he can condemn it - and he must. If he believes that the Republican Party of Minnesota can be allowed to use the horrible death of a 4 year old boy as a political proxy for a stupid political point, then shame on him. Shame on them all.
Obviously, there was a huge problem in child protection. Dayton can't control the levers of every county government, but there is no question this little boy needed someone to blow a loud whistle. And I am fully confident that if Dayton had an inkling of what was happening he would have intervened.
He will now. He is going to fix this immediately in the next session.
That doesn't help Eric Dean. That doesn't bring him back to us.
But neither does the ridiculous exploitation of this tragedy for a stupid 30 second commercial.
The family spoke
....The grandmother of 4-year-old Eric Dean, who was murdered by his stepmother in 2013, called on the Republican Party of Minnesota to immediately stop airing a new television advertisement which blames Governor Mark Dayton for the death of her grandson.....
In an emotional phone interview this evening, Yvonne Dean, the mother of Eric's father David, said Governor Mark Dayton was not to blame for Eric's death and was highly critical of the advertisement, calling it "unfair." Dean said the "system failed Eric at the county level...how could that be Governor Dayton's fault?"
Those quotes come from an article by Michael Brodkorb of all people....
When is the stupidity and vitriol going to stop? When are politicians going to learn that human tragedy is not an opportunity for exploitation?
When are we going to stop insulting the voters with commercials about hair, about candidates walking in the woods with thought bubbles regarding taxes dancing in the wind, about Congressman that age during their tenure as if its a bad thing, about how you duck hunt, about grainy, dark caricatures of opponents who get their records twisted by creepy voiceovers.....
When is it all going to stop?
But the Republican Party has stooped to the newest of lows - and we are at a pretty mossy bottom right now. They think their desperation justifies the ultimate risk - and the exploitation of a little boy.
Yes, I am sad. Sad for what we have become. Sad that no one had the guts to say, "this is a bad idea."
Sad that I even have to talk about this.UPDATE: The Republican Party has now removed all references to Eric Dean from the ad.