Mike McFadden blames Franken for Nicaraguan-made campaign shirts

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As the tag indicates, this Mike McFadden shirt was made in Nicaragua.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden talks a lot about the importance of jobs. For instance, in recent weeks, he's said things like, "Senator [Franken] along with President Obama have waged a war on jobs in this country," and, "I've created jobs. That's what I do. I have a record of 20 years of doing that, and I look forward to that conversation."

So eyebrows were raised when McFadden's campaign distributed shirts at the MNGOP convention in Rochester that were made in Nicaragua.

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Here's the shirt:

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In case your Spanish isn't quite up to snuff, here's another look at the tag:

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And here's a bunch of prominent Republicans proudly wearing the shirt around the convention: We contacted the McFadden campaign about the shirts. According to spokesman Tom Erickson, McFadden's shirts are typically made by a Minnesota company named Realm Promotions. He even passed along this photo for proof:

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So what explains the orange Nicaraguan shirts that Republicans were wearing around the convention?

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midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

Both parties are waging a war on jobs. Republicans want the job market to be extremely competitive (more workers than jobs) so they can have access to dirt cheap labor and democrats want people under employed so they depend on government for services. This isn't rocket science. None of the party establishment politicians want you to get rich, unless of course you donate to them regularly. Both parties have been screwing American workers for multiple generations now. Both parties want more free trade deals and more work visas in order to make our wages equally as low as the rest of the world. I just wonder who they plan on selling all their cheap junk to after the U.S. goes third world.

AJHERNAN
AJHERNAN

This is some hard hitting stuff right here. Forget about a debate on the Middle East or the national debt, let's ignite a Minnesota debate on t-shirts. Boo all around.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

This campaign is going to be a parody of actual adult campaigns.  This McFadden guy might be the worst major-party Senate candidate in Minnesota since...Kurt Bills.  Or Mark Kennedy.  To get past the MnGOP endorsement process, you don't just have to be stupid, you have to be delusional and abrasive.

Sen. Al Franken hasn't left anything on the table to attack.  You can run against the Democratic Party and President Obama, and then mention that Sen. Franken has is a member of one and a supporter of the other.  But that's it.  As a Senator, Al Franken hasn't made a single mistake.

Mike McFadden is absolute toast.  The things one could attack about the Democrats and President Obama, the real disasters for America, are all the parts of the Republican Party agenda the Democrats have co-opted.  Since Bill Clinton's triangulation destroyed the pretense of a dichotomy in US politics, all the Republicans have left is vitriol.

Remember, in September of 2008 both Sens. Obama and McCain promised, if elected, to appoint Tim Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury.  And in 2012, Gov. Romney was reduced to running against Obama's adoption of Romney's own Massachusetts health insurance bailout plan on a national basis.

If you can keep from hanging yourself in despair at the damage done to America's reasoning ability and political consciousness, it'll be some funny, funny shit.  But only in a very sad and pathetic way.  Save any McFadden campaign tchotchkes you get.  In 5 years you'll have to Google the guy to remember who the hell he was and why his name is on this pen that doesn't work, or lapel pin, or churchkey.

tcsteveb
tcsteveb

"We needed just 50 shirts on one-day notice for the state convention," -- They only had a one-day notice that there was going to be a convention, or they just didn't plan ahead to have enough of their regular shirts available? 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

War on jobs should be the slogan of workers, not some fat cat banker scum

OlWillyClinton
OlWillyClinton

I really wouldn't have cared about the shirts, to be quite honest. The fact that they used their mess up as an excuse to bash the other campaign, rather than just owning up to it is insulting and infuriating. Come on...

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Orange is such a great color for lumpy old white bigots. 

george
george

When have you seen a white guy take responsibility for his actions?  NEVER!!!  Always with the excuses and justifications,  You will NEVER EVER hear a white guy say "I screwed up, I am to blame, I take full responsibility and I apologize for my actions" 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

An inspiring portrait of leadership for Richie Rich.    When Mike McFadden screws up he will blame anyone but himself.  Just like all Wall Street assholes.

keny1
keny1

@swmnguy Well, first of all, it doesn't matter who runs against Franken. Even though he is nothing more than a rubber-stamping Obama-bot, he will win in a landslide. Here's the thing: You most likely will never see Republicans in Minnesota hold any major offices in Washington. As more trash from Chicago and Detroit come here for the free welfare, not to mention the Somalis, Hmong and illegal Mexicans--all of whom vote democrat, Minnesota can only become bluer and bluer.


But just remember one thing though. When the white flight begins and Minneapolis/St. Paul turn into Detroit--not if, but when--take comfort in knowing that YOU voted for that. 


Detroit: Run By Democrats Since 1962!


--20 billion dollar debt

--Only 47% of the residents tax taxes

--Most Dangerous U.S. city

--Most Miserable U.S. city

--18% unemployment


" The politics of envy only brings you down in the long run but keeps you voting DFL"

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@swmnguy I had already forgotten the name Kurt Bills.  What a loser.  lol

jpinmn
jpinmn

@tcsteveb Plus, what is the cost of overnighting shirts from Nicaragua? They could have easily gone to a store and bought American made shirts and brought them to a screen printer shop locally. Probably would have been cheaper. So not only does he have bad planning skills, he has horrible fiscal planning.

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

@ron.fresquez @midwestexplorer81 I have a "wek mind?"  I point the truth and you distract from it by saying I'm making a false equivalency huh......I think you should lay to rest old man and let those of us with skin left in the game comment. Your sense is long lost if you ever had any to begin with.

jo1glex
jo1glex

@keny1  That's a very weird post, Kenny.  You make a great argument about what happens when corporations crush labor unions, offshore manufacturing, and are exempted from taxation and the regular rules of civilized conduct that are applied to everybody else.

I know you meant it as an oh-so-cute partisan/racist two-for-one, but your statistics, and the start date you picked, makes precisely the opposite point of what you intended.

When most of the people in Detroit had decent jobs that paid a living wage and had good benefits, and corporations and high-flying executives were taxed at Eisenhower-era levels (90% top bracket), and executives only made 5x as much as line workers rather than 280x as much, Detroit was a great city.  As soon as corporations were allowed to gut pay and benefits, evade taxes, pay their executives as much as they wanted to, offshore manufacturing without paying import duties, and shield profits overseas, it all went to shit.

That wasn't what you meant to demonstrate, I'm sure.  But you did it convincingly.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@keny1 Well, hopefully Keny, you'll start the "white-flight" trend and you and your racist pals will get the hell out and leave the rest of us Progressives to build a better state. We're doing great with the DFL in charge so far. Onward and upward! Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. Send us a postcard from the Dakotas, or Alabama, or whatever backwoods hick red state you choose to relocate to. 

Scoops
Scoops

@keny1 You dont even try to hide that you are a racist piece of crap do you? I guess I can respect that because most conservatives don't usually say that sort of thing out loud. 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@keny1 the fall of Detroit was due to corporate greed 

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann iI wonder of Kurt Bill still owns the three Paul Wellstone type busses he bought for his campaign. A libertarian and a math teach. A true oxymoron.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@KennyX  Hi, Kenny.

Actually, it's the race hatred, class warfare, and sexual bigotry of the Right that keeps the Republicans from winning statewide elections in Minnesota. The only reason they even come close from time to time is the handy cat's paw of the "Independence Party," which is actually what used to be called "Moderate Republicans."

The logical continuation of Nixon's Southern Strategy and Reagan's Embrace of the Evangelicals led the Republicans to chase out all the moderates, and anybody who believes in anything like civil society.  The only people who can get past the GOP's nomination process anymore are the worst combination of stupid, vicious, petty, sociopathic, self-pitying entitlement junkies to be found in Minnesota.  

Good grief, the GOP keeps Marty Seifert, Gretchen Hoffman, Julianne Ortmann, Andy Parrish, Tom Emmer, and the rest of that horror/clown brigade employed.  People like that need social services, not elective office.  In a decent society, they would have caseworkers assigned to them, one-on-one, to help them with basic social interactions.

Let the Republicans nominate anybody for a statewide general election who wouldn't scare the shit out of Vlad the Impaler, and that candidate could win.  But the Republicans won't do that.  20% of America has always wanted to slaughter everybody who isn't exactly like them, and Bill Clinton's triangulation strategy has cut the Republicans off from anybody but the real monsters of the American electorate.  This has, of course, undone the Democrats as well; now they're the party of Corporatism.  But the Republicans are the party of some deviant cultish Armageddon.  Good luck with that.

daytonsucks
daytonsucks

@MNjoe @keny1 yes when they all leave all minnesota will be like norf mimmimapolisps, what a great leap forward

keny1
keny1

@Scoops I'm racist because I speak the truth? So are you saying that blacks, Mexicans, Somalis, and the Hmong vote predominately republican?  Are you stating that the facts that I presented about Detroit are untrue? Are you saying that Liberal policies DON'T perpetuate zero parent families and welfare dependence? Please enlighten me, 

keny1
keny1

@digitalprotocol The fall of Detroit had to do with overpaid union members creating inferior products that no one bought as well as unfunded liabilities of the city's retirement funds. The cesspool of filth, crime, and poverty were ALL brought about due to liberal policies. Liberal programs created Detroit's urban underclass, and they perpetuate it by encouraging and sustaining a breathtaking progressive social innovation called the “zero parent family.” Progressives favor using taxpayer money to incentivize children to have children, and then using more taxpayer money to sustain the zero parent family units that get created.  In this way, old-fashioned, married, functioning adult fathers and mothers get replaced by welfare programs and occasional visits from government social workers.


I thought you were smarter than that to listen to MSNBC.  

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@keny1 the jobs left Detroit as did the money. automakers are to blame

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@keny1 i dont have cable and you just outlined my point. corporate greed created the exodus of jobs and money.


funny that you think liberalism/conservatism was the cause 


are the liberal policies you speak of corporate deregulation and war against unions?

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