Thursday, October 13, 2005

AG’s office still front for Hatch for Governor

MDE posted the following earlier this week when Mike Hatch’s official press secretary began acting as campaign spokeswoman:

Why is Mike Hatch's goverment paid press secretary also serving as his campaign spokewoman?

"But Tuesday Hatch's spokeswoman said the announcement piece is only partly true.'He is making an announcement Oct. 24. That is correct,' spokeswoman Leslie Sandberg said. She would not say if those 'intentions for his political future' include a run for governor.'

She also said he plans to send a letter to about 5,000 supporters about those intentions next week." Source: Pioneer Press, October 12, 2005

Sandberg's salary is paid by the taxpayers and if she wants to work for the campaign, then she needs to quit.
(Source: MDE, Oct. 12, 2005)

Now today, Sandberg responded to questions by the AP :

Hatch spokeswoman Leslie Sandberg expressed disappointment in the site, saying the focus should be on rising gas prices, climbing property taxes and other pressing matters."With all of these important issues we're facing, this Web site is a good example of how the Republican Party, both on the national and state level, would rather focus on political attacks than governing."

(Source: Associated Press, Oct. 13, 2005)

I join MDE in saying that if Sandberg wants to do campaign work, she needs to quit.


At 11:14 AM, Blogger Jukebox Hero said...


You should do a poll

At 6:57 PM, Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis said...

Then so should Brian McClung and every other spokesperson for every other elected official. To think that press secretaries can't make political statements is stupid at best.

Saying otherwise only undermines your credibility because you call it out for the otherside and look the other way when it happens on our side.

At 8:52 AM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

I haven't been able to find any articles on LexisNexis in which Pawlenty's spokesman has made campaign related comments.

If you find one, let me know.


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