Mike McFadden, GOP Franken challenger, taking heat for not talking about the issues

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McFadden has let his money do the talking so far.
For months, the DFL has been sending out a steady stream of releases taking shots at Mike McFadden, a leading GOP U.S. Senate hopeful, for being unwilling to engage his fellow Franken challengers in debate.

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McFadden, a businessman with no history in politics, has been laughing all the way to the bank. Earlier this month, he reported having $1.7 million cash on hand for his campaign, an amount that dramatically exceeds the other GOP contenders, including MNGOP Sen. Julianne Ortman.

Who needs to appear at debates when you can raise that sort of dough from the sidelines?

The DFL put McFadden on blast again yesterday after news broke that his first debate appearance might end up being at a high-dollar Freedom Club event next month. It's unclear whether the debate will be open to the public or media at all, and membership in the club costs at least $3,000.

"In what world does investment banker Mike McFadden live where he believes the average working Minnesotan can afford to pay $3,000 just to hear him talk about the issues?" DFL Chairman Ken Martin said in a release. "That's more than the average Minnesotan pays a month for their mortgage, car payments and groceries combined. It's a testament to not only how out of touch McFadden is with middle-class Minnesotans but also shows he has no desire to talk to them."

Debates (or lack thereof) aside, McFadden hasn't made it clear what his brand of Republican politics is all about. His website doesn't contain an "issues" page, and its "Meet Mike" biography limits itself platitudes of this sort: "If there's one other thing you should know about me, it's that I am passionate about educating our youth."

McFadden's official response to the State of the Union provides another shining example of his campaign's lack of substance.

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Bob B Bopp
Bob B Bopp

We need a guy in office that hates people.

GieFer MiKe
GieFer MiKe

He will lose! Sorry waste of pond scum spewing from his big business whore lips.... McFadden...

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

The MN Regressive Party's Senatorial Campaign Clown Car is getting so crowded they will soon have to move up to a short bus. These MN Regressive Party candidates represent the best and brightest the MN Regressiv Party has to offer.  Senator Franke will be a Senator as long as he wants because the MN Regressive Party has no ideas and nothing to offer. 

Sally
Sally

Well he's a hansome cuss, generally European looking, and that's good enough for me.  He has my vote!

Kirk Burback
Kirk Burback

Actually a few of us “lower middle class” people asked him at the State Fair about his support of NSA Spying and increased controls on internet downloads. He ignored our question and deflected. Some of people standing around booed his answers. Of course, the second question was already answered by his taking of big campaign contributions from the music industry. Democrats for sale!

Jeff Robertson
Jeff Robertson

This dude needs a Mike Tyson-like tribal face tattoo and a missing front tooth. GOP HANGOVER 3.

Fred Johnston
Fred Johnston

politicians are morons and since McFadden is also a moron, will probably be elected

Chris Lomheim
Chris Lomheim

No, poor comparison. In fact polar opposite of your opinion.

Patrick Solomon
Patrick Solomon

What topic would you like to see Franken discuss? Once you figure that out, try YouTube and see if there's committee or floor footage about it. Oh wait, you weren't really interested in his take on the issues, were you?

Kirk Burback
Kirk Burback

sounds just like Franken on that aspect.

marykarius
marykarius

hey now, those that ride the short bus are WAY more in touch than this guy

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

@Sally Also, look at the canines! Looks like SOMEBODY was a Teen Wolf!

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Sally Deep thinkers like you are why the Republicans keep putting up stupid clowns.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Kirk:  Sen. Franken has been one of the key supporters of net neutrality, and one of the only Senators concerned about consolidated corporate ownership of all media. Republicans tend to favor much tighter controls on the internet, and much more corporate dominance over all media, however.

I agree with you on the NSA and other agency spying.  Democrats have been just as spineless as Republicans were during Republican administrations, and this spying crap has been news only to those not paying attention for the past 40 years or so.

Onan
Onan

I'm assuming you are talking about Senator Franken since the CP comments section doesn't really make it very clear.

So what exactly was asked and how was the answer defected? How do YOU feel about the NSA and internet download issues?

FritterSpeelburn
FritterSpeelburn

oh fuck you.  Al Franken is on record on every fucking topic you can think of.  your gratuitous mocking is proof you're a fucking moron.  now shut the fuck up and go away

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@swmnguy I think its the same 3 idiots just changing their names.  Both ming and kirk are known name changers.  I'd hate to think racist idiots are so boring that 3 new ones have the same boring arguments the old three had.  

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann Oh,  I didn't see the other story.  We've got a spate of new trolls on this site and I've been too busy with work stuff to figure out who's whom around here.  If this comment here was satirical, I thought it was funny.  If it was some sort of double-reverse trolling, then it was just boring and tiresome like some of the new racists operating on these pages.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@swmnguy @MicheleBachmann  Maybe but she was saying stupid bigoted (Republican) things on another story.   If she was being sarcastic I apologize but stand by my Republicans only nominate stupid clowns statement.  

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