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.