Friday, January 13, 2006

Kelly Doran: Less Principles, More Politics

After seeing the Doran/Kiscaden billboards for a few days, I began to think more about his campaign tactics. Now many can say that Kelly Doran's approach to campaigning is not politics as usual. I couldn't agree more.

Doran's approach is even more political than most. Think about it. Kelly Doran began running radio ads for his failed attempt at US Senate last summer, 14 months before the election. After switching races, Doran launched his "Good Coach" ad which was meant to re-introduce Doran to Minnesota. This ad ran one year before the election. Now he has launched his second aggressive billboard campaign. In all my years, I can't remember a campaign beginning this early.

After a quick review of his website, a few more questions arose.

First off, it appears that Doran is still running for US Senate. One topic of his is "National Health Care Reform," with the key word being "national." His section on the war is all about stuff at the Federal level, not state.

The section on "Women's Reproductive Health" is my personal favorite. One would expect to read things about Gov. Pawlenty's initiatives on the subject (since Doran's running for Governor), right? Wrong! Doran takes the opportunity to attack Pres. Bush, saying "Unfortunately, under the Bush Administration, abortions are increasing" (Source: Kelly Doran for Governor website).

To any seeker of the truth, it's obvious why Doran goes after Pres. Bush and not Gov. Pawlenty. Under Pawlenty's watch abortions are at a 30-year low in Minnesota.

The number of abortions performed in Minnesota dropped to a 30-year low last year, state health officials reported Tuesday. The annual total dropped below 14,000 for the first time since 1975.

Why did abortions in Minnesota hit a 30-year low?

No one is sure. It follows the national trend, but the report, by the Minnesota Department of Health, did not speculate. Is the abortion rate dropping, too, or are there just fewer women of childbearing age? The abortion rate also dropped to a 30-year low for Minnesota women. It's 11.6 per 1,000 women ages 15-44, down from the peak of 17.2 in 1980.

The "Woman's Right to Know Act" took effect last year, mandating that patients be told
It's too early to say, said Deputy Health Commissioner Doug Stang. "We can't make that outright assumption," he said, though he called the trend encouraging. The report says the information was offered by phone or in person to 15,859 patients inquiring about abortions last year.

(Source: "“Minnesota hit 30-year low in abortions in '’04,"” Star Tribune, July 13, 2005)


So remember folks, it's Kelly Doran: Less Principles, More Politics


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