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Stewart Mills III Should Be Running In Wisconsin

Category: Congressional Races
Posted: 07/26/14 14:59

by Dave Mindeman

Stewart Mills III is running for Congress in the 8th District of Minnesota. But the impression I keep getting is that Mills is more suited for a run across the border....in Wisconsin.

First of all, Mills has fessed up to being a villainous Packers fan. That would be a deal breaker for me from the get go.

But, in addition to that, Mills seeks out his political hires from Wisconsin's Scott Walker team.

...his pollster is Tarrance Group, a large national firm that also did polling for Walker. His media consultant, FP1 Strategies, has run pro-Walker ads for the Republican Governor Association....according to FEC filings, the Mills campaign has paid Wisconsin-based Connectivist Media more than $10,000 for "online services"; Connectivist has done online work for Walker this cycle. Mills' direct mail firm, SCM, helped raise millions of dollars for Walker's recall campaign. And Mills has outsourced his FEC compliance duties to a Wisconsin firm, Aspect Consulting, run by Walker's campaign treasurer, Kate Lind.

Really? Minnesota politicos don't work for ya?

Mills doesn't seem to care about the background of some of these Wisconsites either....(or maybe intentional?)

For example. Milles hired Keith Gilkes as a general political consultant. Seems like a vague job description, but maybe it is more about the connections Gilkes has than about what he does.

Gilkes has been mentioned in Walker's "John Doe" investigation. The details of which keep getting leaked in drips and drabs but no charges ever seem to make it to the public domain. But let's get back to Gilkes....

Prosecutors said Walker, his chief of staff Keith Gilkes and top adviser R.J. Johnson were discussing illegal coordination with a number of national groups and prominent figures, including GOP strategist Karl Rove.

Not a bad character to have on your team....if your goal is to utilize a fudgy way to get around the illegal use of coordinating with outside groups. After all, Gilkes has already done it and is getting away with it.

Mills seems to be seeking a Scott Walker Lite campaign....which you can characterize and interpret anyway you want.

As I stated at the beginning - Mills is running in the wrong state.
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Meet The New Image Of The GOP - Stewart Mills the III's Hair

Category: Congressional Races
Posted: 06/23/14 20:03

by Dave Mindeman

The Brad Pitt of the Republican Party.

Can you imagine that? Politico, apparently getting bored with John McCain tirades about Iraq, has a feature article about Stewart Mills III and his run for Congress in the 8th. They applied the label in the first sentence.

Brad Pitt - Stewart Mills III...really?

We know the GOP is trying to change its image....after all, this picture is the face of the current Minnesota GOP...


But what is the difference between those characters and Stewart Mills III?


A bit longer hair? A willingness to wear something other than business attire? (or the Packers shirt? Grrrrr...) Maybe. But you know what? That's it. That's the extent of the differences for this "new image" guy.

He's farther right on guns. Wants more guns in the schools. He's an ardent anti-abortion advocate. Refuses to talk about same sex marriage, but he doesn't state any support for it. What's different?

In fact, Politico asked him that question...

Mills was asked by POLITICO to explain what he meant by his oft-repeated refrain that he's a different kind of Republican.

Pretty direct question. What say you, Mr. Mills, the III?

"In a few different senses; certainly my appearance is one part of it," was his first reply, before he went on to cite his business experience and status as a political outsider. He is the scion of a prominent local family that founded the successful Mills Fleet Farm chain, which sells sporting goods, among other wares.

His appearance? That's it? And "status as a political outsider"? His way of saying he's a rookie. First timer. Rich business guy, buying his way into Congress. A member of the 1% running to protect the 1%.

If Republicans think that slightly longer locks is the "new image" in Republican politics, then they have some more work to do.
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Stewart Mills III - Wealth And Privilege

Category: Congressional Races
Posted: 06/20/14 15:41

by Dave Mindeman

There is an arrogance to Stewart Mills III that transcends his personal persona. Oh, the long hair is a throwback and the youthful appearance has its own imagery, but what he says and does tell a very different story.

The idea that he worked his way up the company ladder has been a hollow story from the beginning. There is a difference between the stock guy who is the heir to the company fortune and the stock guy who struggles to pay his rent and lives from paycheck to paycheck.

A difference between a guy who could lose his job and it will never matter to a guy who loses his job and is out on the street.

That's a difference that Stewart Mills the third will never be able to fathom and for him to talk about it in his biography as if it is a real concept and something that he could ever relate to is offensive.

It's offensive to blue collar, everyday working Minnesotans just as much as paying taxes seems to be offensive to Stewart Mills the third.

Yeah. Stewart Mills the third thinks that what he does for the community exempts him from paying a fair share of taxes. A share that helps the state put the infrastructure in place that moves the goods and services for his successful company. A share that educates and trains his work force.

To Stewart Mills the third, what the rest of us do doesn't compare to what he contributes. Our charitable contributions and our volunteer service are incidentals, while what Stewart Mills the third does "for the community" is worthy of the tax breaks and incentives given to those with privilege.

Stewart Mills the third is running for Congress. And he is running as if it should be handed to him on a silver platter. He runs with an arrogance rooted in privilege and sustained by privilege.

Even though he has never had to "depend" on working for a living and even though he has never had to worry one minute about the next days rent or food or gas, he believes he can fully relate to the working class citizens of the 8th District.

Yes, Stewart Mills the third is offended. He is offended that the State of Minnesota and the government of the United States would dare ask him for a tax contribution commensurate with his wealth... his status....his privilege.

He has no trouble supporting tax policies that make the rest of us pay more. He has no trouble supporting mining companies without any caveats for the environment. He has no trouble with unlimited and unrestricted access to guns without background checks and without common sense regulation.

He has no trouble with the persona that he understands all that is needed to represent the 8th District. Wealth has its privileges and Stewart Mills the third definitely understands privileges.
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