Poll reveals McFadden’s buy-the-election tactics leave him trailing among voters
As first reported by the Huffington Post today, Minnesota Tea Party leaders are fighting back against attempts by investment banker Mike McFadden’s campaign to silence them — taking McFadden to task at local Tea Party meetings and online for “dodging” their events and lying to them, and claiming the campaign and his allies are “stringing” them along.
Tonight‘s Minnesota Tea Party Alliance’s event with extremist Joe Arpaio will undoubtedly give activists another opportunity to air their frustration with McFadden.
In video footage just released today, Minnesota Tea Party Alliance leaders — Jake Duesenberg and Jack Rogers — rail against the investment banker at a North Metro Tea Party meeting last month:
ROGERS: Mike McFadden doesn’t have the time to come and speak to any one of the seven groups or any of the rallies? What will you tell him at endorsement time? Go! To!…
A recently discovered podcast — “Taking the Gloves Off” — from the Minnesota Tea Party Alliance also reveals the extent to which the McFadden campaign has allegedly lied to and tried to silence the Tea Party. When the Tea Party spoke out on the investment banker’s repeated absence, the McFadden campaign tried to silence them.
DUESENBERG: So I hit up social media and I said Mike McFadden is dodging the Tea Party — he has no interest. And so, all of a sudden, I started getting some phone calls and emails and it was both his campaign and people who I think are sympathetic to his campaign saying that, ‘he’s not dodging you guys, basically Jake you’re an idiot, you don’t know what you’re talking about.’ Yeah right. Okay listen. I’ve been in this game long enough to know when I am being manipulated, when I am being deceived by people.
DUESENBERG: Despite what his campaign wants me to do, I’m not going to shut up about this.
ROGERS: It appears he’s putting in time in DC but not in Minnesota and it’s frightening.
The two Tea Party leaders also highlight that McFadden thinks this election can be bought and won with money and not by gaining grassroots support from conservative activists:
DUESENBERG: So, he’s dodging the conservative activists, the Tea Partiers. He is. I don’t know if he is afraid to come talk to us, if he doesn’t feel secure in his viewpoints? Or he’s just listened to his handlers, his advisors.
ROGERS: I’m saying he’s listening to the money.
Full transcript of the podcast is below.
McFadden’s buy-the-election tactics are clearly taking a toll on his campaign as a new poll revealed him trailing significantly behind tea party favorite, state Sen. Julianne Ortman. According to the GOP pollster that conducted the poll “McFadden has to do more than increase his name recognition to win: Among engaged voters who have heard of both Ortman and McFadden, Ortman leads 30 percent to 11 percent.”
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TRANSCRIPT: Living Free Podcast – “Taking the Gloves Off”
JAKE DUESENBERG: So, we as a Tea Party have reached out to Mike McFadden’s campaign, and this goes back to October last year where we first met him at State Central.
JACK ROGERS: Yeah, we both stood there and talked to him and invited him and he looks with a handshake and a smile, he’d be more than happy to be there. And uh…
DUESENBERG: Yeah right, said to our face, “hey, I want to come to your Tea Parties.”
ROGERS: Yup. Have you seen him?
DUESENBERG: I have not had him at a Tea Party.
ROGERS: And you’ve invited him right, Jake?
DUESENBERG: We’ve invited him. First invite, it might even be before State Central but lets just use State Central, which was the end of October. I remember I had to miss bow hunting in the rut. I was really mad, especially since Stuart Mills, running for congress, was out duck hunting. I’m like, jeez he’s running for congress what am I doing here. Good guy by the way.
ROGERS: Well we did invite him to be at North Metro last night, never heard a word back from him or any of his surrogates.
DUESENBERG: I gave him a standing invite to all of our Tea Parties, which is seven, plus the rallies that we are hosting. The um… The campaign is stringing us out, there’s no doubt about it.
ROGERS: No doubt.
DUESENBERG: Yeah, and they act like they want to come, but there’s no action and as soon as I saw that Mike McFadden, a day out from the Wright County Tea Party event, which was last Monday, a day out – no I’m sorry last Tuesday -a day out from it he canceled due to flight scheduling? I said this guy’s got no interest in speaking to a Tea Party group.
ROGERS: Where do you think he was heading on that flight Jake?
DUESENBERG: I’ll get to that.
ROGERS: (laughs) Okay.
DUESENBERG: So I tweeted out, and I used Facebook. So I hit up social media and I said Mike McFadden is dodging the Tea Party – he has no interest. And so, all of a sudden, I started getting some phone calls and emails and it was from both his campaign and I think people who are sympathetic to his campaign saying that, ‘he’s not dodging you guys, basically Jake you’re an idiot, you don’t know what you’re talking about.’ Yeah right. Okay listen. I’ve been in this game long enough to know when I am being manipulated, when I’m being deceived by people.
ROGERS: Also some of our own Tea Party people are being used by him aren’t they? And they were calling you?
DUESENBERG: Well I’m not going to get into that.
DUESENBERG: So I exposed him. Immediately after exposing him for this, I hear from Cindy Maves, of the Rochester Tea Party Patriots, that she had a similar experience, that Mike McFadden has been dodging their Tea Party for months. And, it’s a same story, you know, he’s got a hockey event or something like that going on for a kid. So, the Mike McFadden Campaign, actually what they say to us is they’ll send a surrogate. A Surrogate, like what, you know, Mitt Romney does because he can’t be in Texas today because he’s in New Hampshire? I’m thinking, what? What the heck? A surrogate? No, send your candidate, you send your candidate. At the East Metro Tea Party, I asked “who is a delegate?” To their BPOU convention, 90% of hands went up. Last night at the North Metro about 80-90% raised their hand.
ROGERS: Same thing. Yup.
DUESENBERG: The Tea Party is going to be a large part of the endorsing convention. Does this man care about the endorsement of the Republican Party?
ROGERS: Absolutely not. No.
DUESENBERG: No. I don’t think so. So, he’s dodging us. He’s dodging the conservative activists, the Tea Partiers. He is. I don’t know if he is afraid to come talk to us, if he doesn’t feel secure in his viewpoints? Or he’s just listened to his handlers, his advisors.
ROGERS: I’m saying he’s listening to the money.
DUESENBERG: Yeah, I don’t know, but he’s got an open invitation to come to any of the Tea Parties and despite what his campaign wants me to do, I’m not going to shut up about this. In fact, I mentioned last night to North Metro, prove me wrong, come to a Tea Party, we’ll be fair. You have to answer questions like everyone else, but we’ll be fair.
ROGERS: It appears he’s putting in time in DC but not in Minnesota and that’s frightening.