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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!…
Here’s the video:
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.
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.”