Friday, August 12, 2005

Ringer gets it wrong

The First Ringer talks about Gov. Tim Pawlenty and his emerging campaign here.

I must respectfully disagree with the First Ringer on this one. Pawlenty doesn't have to apologize for the cigarette fee because it in no way violated his pledge. The more Republicans talk about the, the more they hurt Pawlenty's reelection chances.


At 2:42 PM, Blogger GOPWingman said...

I think you and I are the only bloggers that understand why the cigarette fee had to happen.

At 2:58 PM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

There are a few that no we are correct, but still feel that that's no excuse. To them, keeping David Strom happy is more important than ending the shutdown.

In January od 2007, when we celebrate the second inaguration of Pawlenty, hopefully we will all look back at this and laugh.

At 2:28 PM, Blogger R-Five said...

Ringer's point was that the fundraising letter was a missed opportunity to rebuild trust within the GOP. We can argue whether the tobacco revenue enhancement was truly necessary, perhaps too large, or introduced too early, and still come away friends.

But this childish insistence that it's a fee, that he didn't raise taxes serves only the Democrats.

At 7:38 PM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

Actually, insisting that Pawlenty broke his pledge will only help the DFL nominee in 06.

At 7:30 AM, Blogger lloydletta said...

Many things Pawlenty has violated his pledge. The Cigarette tax increase that is being spun as a fee is one. Another is Pawlenty's efforts to increase the Hennepin County sales taxes to pay for a stadium.

I'm MORE annoyed about the Stadium boondoggle - and Strom didn't deny that he had made a deal with Pawlenty to downplay taxpayer league opposition to the stadium tax in order to get Pawlenty's support of TABOR.

At 7:31 AM, Blogger lloydletta said...

btw, RM - why the anonymity? Who do you work for?

At 11:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are you annoyed? Its not you are fooling anyone into believing that you are a Republican.


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