UNITY: Dahlberg, Ortman agree McFadden not who he says he is

If Dahlberg and Ortman decide to show, Republican “unity” in Senate race nothing more than a fake show

Minnesota Republicans gathering for the “Unity Press Conference” this morning are certainly united on one thing: investment banker Mike McFadden is not who he says he is.

Over the last year, St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg and State Sen. Julianne Ortman have made it clear to voters they aren’t buying what McFadden’s selling.

Dahlberg has accused McFadden of being “unwilling or unable to answer even the simplest questions,” “not respecting” the voters of this state, and waiting to give answers based on “which way the political wind is blowing.” And Ortman doesn’t know if she “can trust” McFadden, doesn’t think he can “connect well with Minnesota voters,” and doesn’t believe he “can win.”

Bottom Line: Despite any fake show of unity Republicans may try to put on this morning, Dahlberg and Ortman’s detailed history of statements tell a much different story.

Chris Dahlberg warns Minnesotans McFadden is nothing more than a politician

  • Dahlberg: McFadden’s “evasiveness is insulting” to Minnesotans and “not acceptable”. At a press conference on April 24, Dahlberg said: “Part of running for office is letting Minnesotans know where you stand on the issues, every single one of them so voters can make an informed decision.  Running for office is also part of demonstrating how you’ll perform under pressure, even if the pressure is as mild as giving a straight answer to a simple question.  But Mr. McFadden’s favorite answer to direct questions seems to be, ‘you’re asking the wrong question.’  How is a legitimate question about how you’ll represent Minnesota, Minnesotans, wrong?  His evasiveness is insulting and it’s not acceptable. “[Dahlberg Press Conference 4/24/14]
  • Dahlberg: McFadden “has consistently been unwilling or unable to answer even the simplest questions.” Dahlberg told Minnesotans: “[McFadden] has consistently been unwilling or unable to answer even the simplest questions about where he stands on issues and he apparently thinks Minnesota won’t notice, but we do.” [Dahlberg Press Conference 4/24/14]
  • Dahlberg: McFadden “not respecting anyone.” At a press conference, Dahlberg said: “[McFadden] must believe by doing nothing he won’t slip up or offend anyone.  Well that might be true, but he’s not informing or respecting anyone either.” [Dahlberg Press Conference 4/24/14]
  • Dahlberg says he’s “stunned” by McFadden’s “disregard for the intelligence of the people of this state.” In April, Dahlberg said: “As I’ve listened to the comments of Mike McFadden during his campaign, I’ve been stunned by the disregard for the intelligence of the people of this state.” [Dahlberg Press Conference 4/24/14]
  • Dahlberg: McFadden’s money will allow him to flood the airwaves and say “well, nothing.” Dahlberg told reporters in April: “Now Mr. McFadden has raised a lot of money from Washington powerbrokers. That’s going to allow him the opportunity to flood the airwaves with ads that say, well, nothing. “[Dahlberg Press Conference 4/24/14]
  • Dahlberg: McFadden waits to give answers based on “which way the political wind is blowing.” Dahlberg further reiterated McFadden’s unwillingness to be honest with Minnesotans: “I’m always going to strive to give Minnesotans clear, direct answers and not after weeks or after I’ve checked which way the political wind is blowing.” [Dahlberg Press Conference 4/24/14]

Julianne Ortman tells Minnesotans she doesn’t know if she ‘can trust’ McFadden

  • Ortman: “I don’t believe [McFadden] can win.” During an interview on the Northern Alliance Radio Network, Ortman said, “I’m concerned, of course, about Mike McFadden. He had announced for this race before I did, long before I did. And I decided to step in because I don’t believe he can win.” [NARN, 11/18/13]
  • Ortman: McFadden won’t “connect” with Minnesotans and is “more concerned about what’s happening in Washington than he is with talking to Minnesota voters…”: During an interview on the Northern Alliance Radio Network, Ortman said: “I don’t believe that he will connect well with Minnesota voters, and the fact that he’s more concerned about what’s happening in Washington than he is with talking to Minnesota voters is just a good example of that.” [NARN, 11/18/13]
  • Ortman questions whether voters “can trust” McFadden. During an interview on the Northern Alliance Radio Network, Ortman said: “I’ll leave that to others to sort out whether or not they can trust [McFadden], since he’s never had really any public experience and seems to be unwilling to talk about many of his positions.” [NARN, 11/18/13]
  • Ortman said McFadden was not giving “very clear answers” to voters’ questions about his positions. According to MPR: “His clearer positions may not satisfy his critics. That includes state Sen. Julianne Ortman, R- Chanhassen, one of the GOP candidates also seeking to unseat Franken. ‘I think it’s a fair thing for Minnesotans to ask important questions about where he stands on the issues, and from what I’m hearing they’re not getting very clear answers,’ Ortman said before McFadden remade his website.” [Minnesota Public Radio, 2/20/14]
  • Ortman: McFadden has “no record of service to the state or party” and is “too busy to care about our elections until his own name is on the ballot and paid for with a checkbook.” In an article detailing how investment banker Mike McFadden hadn’t voted in a Republican primary election for at least the last 20 years, Ortman said, “He’s got no record of service to the state or party. He’s too busy to care about our elections until his own name is on the ballot and paid for with a checkbook. It’s an ultimate disrespect to the voters of the state. The Minnesota Senate seat belongs to the people of the state and not Washington special interests and power brokers.” [Huffington Post, 5/23/14]