Stewart Mills, a Republican nominee for Congress in Minnesota, has proved himself to be worthy of the title Mitt Romney 2.0 after he got caught making condescending remarks regarding class.
It’s my understanding this new Romney model also comes with its own personality, but I can neither confirm nor deny that.
MSNBC’s Krystal Ball reports Mills, the heir to a successful chain of general stores, was caught complaining about the attacks on the wealthy in 2012 for not paying fair share in taxes during an event last summer. Mills told his listeners that:
“What happened in the last round elections, where you had folks saying that ‘the wealthy, the wealthy are not paying their fair share…To be singled out as a deadbeat is personally offensive.”
I was pretty sure singling people out as “deadbeats” was an integral plank in the Republican party; if he’s got a problem with it, why’s he running as a Republican?
The story gets even better; a couple of groups allied with his opponents got a hold of the sound clips, cut them into an ad and then sent them to a TV station that refused to air them. The two stations in question are owned by Stanley Hubbard, a man who just happens to be a major backer for Mills and the RNC. He also hangs out with the Kochs at their political donor summits, planting him firmly in that GOP Good Old Boy network.
I’m sure it’s just coincidence that he refused to air those ads. He even had a good reason for shooting them down: “We think it just crossed the line of how it tells its story or the message it’s trying to get across.”
Not that the video is a lie. According to MSNBC:
I watched the video of Stewart Mills making his comments in its entirety online. The clip used in the campaign ad is definitely edited for time and cut together but wholly representative of the point that Mills was making.
There’s something deeper here though. The supreme court just paved the way to strike down laws banning lying in campaign ads over actually pretty legit first amendment concerns that the government shouldn’t act as a ministry of truth deciding which ads are acceptable.
So the *government* can’t police campaign ads but apparently, it’s ok for this one guy who is a clear partisan political activist to act as his own personal Ministry of Truth when ads don’t looks so good for one of his candidates. Hashtag Democracy. I guess it’s not enough to rig the rules in Washington, they’ve also got to rig the information that the public is exposed to. And *I* find *that* personally offensive.
If the poor wanted equal representation and equal voice, then they should buy their own TV stations like true red blood Americans.
Krystal Ball reports on Stewart Mills.