Campaign 2010

Sep 12, 2008

AD WATCH:  Bumbling Erik Paulsen Labels Himself “Rebublican”;  Cites to Astrology Article

Amateurish TV Spot Misspells "Republican"


Newspaper Source in Ad Described Paulsen as "impatient" and "not good at being disagreed with"


Erik Paulsen's high-priced rebranding that is designed to hide his past as a far-right conservative is even changing the product name. In his not-ready-for-prime-time TV ad, Paulsen is featured in front of a tagline for the "ReBuBlican Party."

"Erik Paulsen's sloppy, error-filled ads show he's just not ready for prime time," said Carrie James, regional press secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  "He's spending so much time trying to hide his 14-year record as a far-right Republican that he doesn't even have time for spell check."

The sloppy ad included other mistakes as well. Paulsen failed to actually read the article from the Star Tribune that he cites in the commercial. The article is a semi-satirical astrological "report" describing the competing personalities in the 2005 Minnesota House.

Quoting actual unnamed sources, the article goes on to say:
"The stars say: Paulsen likes to 'debate and argue,' thinks quickly and is impatient with opposition. ‘You're not awfully good at being disagreed with,' the star chart says.
Here's a prediction that doesn't require a star chart: Paulsen's attempts to hide his 14-year record as a far-right Republican in the Minnesota House aren't fooling anybody.

  • Erik Paulsen's new television commercial misspelled the word "Republican." The television ad features a tagline that says, "Paid for by the National Rebublican Congressional Committee and Friends of Erik Paulsen. Approved by Erik Paulsen." [KARE-11 NBC News, 9/11/08.
  • Paulsen's TV ad quotes from a semi-satirical article about how partisan and disagreeable Paulsen was in the Minnesota House. The Star Tribune's January 2, 2005 article titled, "A Star-Crossed Session, Astrologers' Amazing Prediction: Conflict at the Capitol!" is a tongue-in-cheek analysis of on-going partisanship in the Minnesota House of Representatives after an election left it almost evenly divided with 68 Republicans and 66 Democrats. The article questions, "How will two evenly matched and contentiously partisan camps ever get the state's business done? ... In desperation (and in jest) we turn our eyes to the stars."[Star Tribune, 1/2/05]
  • During his time in the Minnesota House, Erik Paulsen voted with the Republicans more than nine times out of ten. As a member of the Minnesota House, Paulsen has voted in lockstep with his political party, siding with the Republican leadership 93 percent of the time on key votes over the past four years.[1] Just like the other Republicans, Paulsen voted against efforts to fight global warming (HF 436, 5/21/07); against legislation to promote stem cell research (SF 100, 5/7/08); and for a bill eliminating health insurance coverage for 24,000 Minnesotans (HF 1422, 4/29/05; MPR). That's no surprise for a politician who spent four years as Republican Majority Leader, whose job was to make sure other House members voted the party line just like him.