Thursday, February 09, 2006

Note to Doran: Buy your own radio station

Kelly Doran has renewed his tired call for WCCO to can Gov. Pawlenty's weekly radio show.

In a letter to WCCO station executives, DFL Gubernatorial Candidate Kelly Doran's campaign today renewed calls for the radio station to cease airing Governor Tim Pawlenty'’s Weekly Radio Show, contending that as a legally qualified candidate for office, Pawlenty'’s free air time constitutes an illegal corporate campaign contribution under state law.

"“Our legal counsel tells us this free airtime is a violation of election laws,"” said Doran Communications Director Tonya Tennessen. (Source: Doran/Kiscaden Press Release, Feb. 8, 2006)

An "illegal corporate campaign contribution?" I think WCCO knows the law in this area a little better than Doran's legal department.

Officials with WCCO declined an interview request but issued a statement saying they believe Pawlenty is not a legally qualified candidate, and they will continue to air the show. Pawlenty also legally there's no reason to stop doing the show.

"There's established legal standards for when you're a candidate. They're there for a reason. It's settled law and I think we should follow the law. We also said we would differ to WCCO's judgment on it and they agree," Pawlenty said. (Source: MPR, Feb. 3, 2006)

Doran made this same claim a week or so ago. He must receivedieved little press if he renewed his call a week later.

This claim shows how desperate the Doran campaign really is, now they're grasping at straws. If Kelly Doran is so concerned about airtime, why doesn't he go out and buy a radio station and do his own weekly radio show?


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