MNGOP Rep. Keith Downey lists dead guys as supporters in newspaper ad [IMAGE]

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Downey's approval rating is high among dead people.
Rep. Keith Downey, R-Edina, is giving up his House seat in hopes of filling the Edina-area Senate vacancy created when Brodkorb-sullied Sen. Geoff Michel decided not to run again.

Downey is in the closing stretch of a tough race against his Democrat opponent, Target attorney Melisa Franzen, but here's one thing working to his advantage -- he's the only candidate who claims zombies as his supporters.

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Or at least, that's what we're left to assume following revelations that Downey counts two dead guys among the "friends and neighbors" supporting him.

This week, Downey's campaign ran an ad in the Edina Sun Current. The ad, somewhat pointlessly, includes a lengthy list of private citizens who support him, including Daniel Manion (deceased June 2012 -- obituary here) and Herbert French (decrease July 2011 -- obituary here.)

Here's the ad:


In a press release, Carrie Lucking, executive director of the Alliance for a Better Minnesota, provides one of the better zingers we've heard this election cycle.

"Downey is taking the spirit of Halloween and the meaning of the living dead to new heights," she said.

"Listing deceased individuals on a supporter list is blatantly disrespectful to the individuals' families," Lucking continued, adding that "Downey should publicly apologize in the Edina Sun Current immediately."

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Arrogance is not leadership.  Mr. Downey, sadly, is suffering from an advanced case of "hubris."  Hope the dose of humility helps him.  Doubtful.  But one can hope.

CinBlueland topcommenter

Aaron.. any chance you're going to use your position to be non-partisan? I know I'm probably expecting too much..

But really.. you're way down in the weeds on this one.. Someone didn't proof read / accu check the ad copy..

Maybe you could use your CP Reporter credentials and ask Obama why he lied about Libya?


Um, I think you meant to say Geoff Michel in the first graf.

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But will they actually vote for him? That's the real question.

atrupar moderator

 @CinBlueland We have individual categories for all of the Dems you mention.


Really? That's all you guys have? Libya? It's hilarious actually. And just how did President Obama lie? What about Mitten's lies? How many lies has that Bachmann bitch told? Hmmmmm? Sounds like the typical republican projecting again.

Such a whiny, undereducated, misinformed, pathetic thing you are....

MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @CinBlueland You should take advantage of the free market and start a rival conservative paper in which you report on the the many errors of Dems instead of whining like a dumb child.   We have this thing called the free market whereupon Aaron Rupar tries to get as many readers as possible.   People like stories about stupid Republicans so Aaron gives the people what they want.    Rupar isn't biased except in terms of getting readers.  Republicans are such whiny losers, its why Obama is going to get a second term.   Is that why you are mad and crying today? 

CinBlueland topcommenter

 @atrupar Ahh thanks!

It would be easier if you tagged all of them under DFL though.. Just saying.

CinBlueland topcommenter

 @dryan1999 So "but but but, those guys did it, .. I didn't read that.." is your defense?


I won't defend Bachmann, and she's not in my district, I'm stuck with Keith "I only pretend to care when kids are killed" Ellison.

CinBlueland topcommenter

 @MicheleBachmann I am and do, Aaron leaves the comment section open so I post comments.

Here's a novel idea for you.. Try reading more than echo chamber sites. If you're only getting your news from CP, MotherJones, DemocraticUnderground etc you might as well just talk to yourself.

Real progressive thinkers read from both sides and then form an opinion.

BTW there are conservative news sites, no reason for me to start my own.

(Before you say anything.. ya ya.. "evil, hate, racist, bigot" sites..) Which pretty much sums up your opinion of anyone who doesn't agree with you.

CinBlueland topcommenter

 @dryan1999 Ellison is a photo op tool.

? You want me to quit working? Sorry gotta pay taxes so you can have internet and light rail.


Ellison is a great man! Lucky you! Now go crawl back into the sewer.



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