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Voters know that the final two weeks of an election season have arrived when the hit pieces start coming in the mail. My friend Pam Wolf in State Senate District 51 has spent her entire campaign focusing on the issues that matter to Anoka County voters -- like the imposition of taxes on their community to build a football stadium for the Vikings without their consent. Rather than debate actual issues, the Democratic Party (called the DFL in Minnesota) spent their time digging through Pam's divorce records and cobbled together a string of ludicrous charges onto a full-color flyer they have dropped all over SD-51. Pam details the charges in her rebuttal:
You may have seen some literature or a television ad from the DFL saying something to the effect that Pam Wolf doesn't pay her taxes. That's ridiculous.
I think that what the DFL is calling your attention to is this: I never thought I would be divorced, but when it happened, it was one of the most devastating events in the life of myself and my two sons. If you, or someone you know, have been through the process, you know that many of the issues surrounding a divorce can be very contentious and can take a very long time going through the court system. For us, taxes were one of those issues. But things have been resolved, no laws were broken, and no one is sitting in jail.
The real question is, who publicizes the most agonizing incidents in someone's life for their own political gain? Who would stoop so low as to dredge up a family's most painful memories and display them like a trophy? How low will they go?
The facts are:
· I have never refused to pay my taxes.
· I do not owe any taxes.
· There are no liens on my property.
· I have never been to tax court.
· I have never been charged with a tax crime.
· I have never evaded paying taxes.
· My taxes are withheld from my paycheck like everyone else.
· I pay my taxes!
I have spent the last 18 months talking with people about issues.
Our opponents are desperate. They face the serious prospect of losing the hold on an important senate seat. The DFL would not be fighting this hard if they were winning. They are even running TV commercials. Not cookie-cutter fill in the candidate spots but professionally produced TV commercials specifically targeting me.
We need legislators who will stay focused on fiscal responsibility, common sense education policies, and traditional family values.
Thank you for your time and consideration and I look forward to earning your vote in November.
Pam is an excellent candidate for the Minnesota legislature, and beyond that, she's just an excellent person. These kind of attacks don't just damage Pam, although I don't believe the DFL can lay a finger on her anyway. They degrade the political process here in Minnesota, and they discourage solid citizens like Pam from seeking to serve our state in public office. Pam has worked hard for 18 months to juggle her responsibilities as a teacher and a single mom, just to get torpedoed by this despicable ad.
Why do good people put up with this and continue to run for office? To make sure that the people who put out ads like this don't win. Support Pam Wolf ... it pisses off all the right people.Sphere It View blog reactions
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