Michael Brodkorb hates Kurt Bills, wants write-in MNGOP U.S. Senate candidate

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To say Brodkorb has been disappointed by Bills' campaign would be an understatement.
-- Kurt Bills' moribund campaign has Brodkorb, other MNGOPers wailing and gnashing teeth
-- Michael Brodkorb gloats over MNGOP's money woes

Michael Brodkorb tried constructive criticism, but now he's seen enough.

In a blog post published yesterday, Brodkorb does everything but demand that Kurt Bills end his U.S. Senate campaign in a post rhetorically titled, "Should Bills End His Campaign For The U.S. Senate?"

Kurt Bills' disastrous week (at least in Brodkorb's eyes) began with a Monday appearance on Chad Hartman's WCCO radio show. Hartman said to Bills, "If the election was today, you would agree that Senator Klobuchar would win," to which Bills replied, "Oh, absolutely."

In a post entitled "'Oh Absolutely' is Absolutely the Wrong Answer," Brodkorb writes (emphasis his):
Bills' answer will hurt him build confidence in the donor community that he can win in November. Why would someone contribute financially to Bills' campaign if even Bills doesn't think he will win? Bills' answer will hurt him recruit volunteers and mobilize the necessary statewide campaign that will be needed to win this November. Volunteers want to participate in a winning effort, even if it's an uphill battle. If the message from the candidate is that their opponent is going to win, your volunteers will be deflated.
But the final straw for Brodkorb came when Bills announced that he plans to continue teaching first-hour economics at Rosemount High School this fall while simultaneously trying to defeat one of the most popular U.S. Senators in the country. Writes Brodkorb (again, emphasis his):
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is a popular incumbent with a well-financed campaign. A candidate running against Klobuchar will have to campaign full-time, raise millions of dollars and decidate themselves to maximizing every hour of the remaining 69 days until Election Day. The decision by Bills to take himself off the campaign trail during the most important time of the campaign - even hours each day - is devastating and Bills should strongly consider not teaching this fall or he should spend the upcoming weekend contemplating an end to his campaign for the U.S. Senate.

I understand Bills' name will continue to appear on the ballot, but I would take a full-time write in effort over a half-time candidate.

I don't fault Bills for needing to work and provide for his family. I also agree the U.S. Senate would benefit from more middle-class Americans being elected to serve. But the reality is that campaigning statewide is a tremendous undertaking. It requires a candidate to be available almost 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Many potential candidates decide not to run for office because the demands on their personal schedule would be too great, prevent them from organizing the necessary campaign needed to win in November. Republicans who endorsed Bills' earlier this year should have factored Bills' ability to campaign full-time into their decision on whom to endorse - Bills should have done the same.
Hmm... a Republican write-in candidate. You'd need someone with time on their hands and a well-known, easy-to-spell name. Gets me thinking -- maybe Amy Koch would be up for the task?

Joking aside, challenging Klobuchar couldn't go much worse for Koch than it seems to be going for Bills, could it?

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swmnguy topcommenter

I actually stopped and chatted with Mr. Bills last week at the State Fair.  He seemed like a nice enough guy.  Completely clueless, however.  He seems to understand an economic theory well enough, but is completely unable to account for why reality as we see it all around us does not comport with the theory.  Many of us would determine from this that there's something wrong with the theory.  Not Mr. Bills.  I wouldn't mind my kids taking a high school econ class with him, but I think they'd clash a lot with him, as they already understand that a consumption-based society can't function if the income of consumers is stagnant and what wealth they have is redistributed upward through financialization.  They might not phrase it quite that way (hey, they're a 7th grader and a 9th grader), but they can see this and Mr. Bills, like Rep. Ryan, don't seem able to observe what's all around them.


Good job on Mr. Bills for having a realistic estimate of his chances in November, however.  And anybody Mr. Brodkorb doesn't respect is worth a look in my book.

TheConservativeJerk topcommenter


That means everyone her should LOVE Kurt because we all know how you HATE Brodkorb.

Vote Kurt Bills in November!

MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @TheConservativeJerk Why don't you work on getting the pedophile Kurt Zellers is employing on the taxpayers dime fired.  Your pathetic party is an embarrassment to the state.   Luckily people are beginning to see what an insane bunch of liars all Republicans are.   It's people like you that make sure Dems will crush in November.   Why are you and the Republicans so tolerant of pedophiles kirk?   Notice how the Dems destroyed that jackass from Duluth yet you and Kurt Zellers insist on giving a guy caught with child porn a government paycheck.  You claim you call and complain about things all the time.  Why haven't you done more to get the pedophile fired?


 @TheConservativeJerk Oh I think we can dislike both Michael Brodkorb and Kurt Bills AND chew gum AND walk all at the same time. But hate? We'll leave that to the professional liars down in Tampa.

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