Posted: 08/09/14 16:04
by Dave Mindeman
Maybe it wasn't such a bad thing when Mike McFadden kept quiet and wouldn't talk about the issue....because lately he has been talking and it hasn't been pretty.
Which makes it a little strange that the Washington GOP invited McFadden to give the weekly address. He stayed on message with a careful script. But it was a recent off the cuff question from a reporter that has opened up a can of worms....
...a question put to McFadden was: If the cheapest steel comes from China, is that OK? "I would love to see us use U.S. products when we can," McFadden said. "But it must be cost competitive. I am a supporter of free and fair trade." So, Forum News Service pressed, would Chinese steel be OK? "Yes," McFadden replied, "If it is not being subsidized by the Chinese government."
Scoring play? Error- McFadden.
I'm not sure how McFadden can pander to the Iron Range interests on the issue of Polymet and then botch the steel question so badly.
You could even get around the issue while promoting "free and fair" trade because the Chinese are always stacking the deck on steel. But McFadden used the "YES" word. Chinese steel OK? YES.
Survey says? Bad answer.
McFadden is being heavily promoted by the Republican Senate caucus and Norm Coleman has put all of his political capital into a McFadden campaign. But as media scrutiny increases the number of unforced errors coming from McFadden show us clearly that he is a novice on Minnesota issues....and that his business acumen clearly does not translate into political acumen.
What is even worse for the GOP is that the steel comment could start to reflect on the rest of the ticket and the 8th District inroads that the state GOP has been cultivating could be lost in translation.
The more McFadden talks, the bigger Al Franken's smile gets.