Yesterday's Strib piece on Tinklenberg was a hit piece. As someone who really doesn't like Tinklenberg, even I can see through that and admit it.
Bob Olson has yet to receive any significant coverage in the Startribune, having jumped from his US Senate race last summer and into the Congressional race.
Elwyn Tinklenberg got hit on taconite yesterday, and a story on his campaign announcement in October.
Even with Brian Davis' lackluster fundraising, the Startribune has seen fit to spend significantly more time on CD 1 candidates than CD 6.
The Davis profile...where doing hospital rounds as a medical student was public service.
The actual endorsement.
Mark Meyer getting out.
Dick Day's field trip to the border.
Hotly contested race?
Combined, Walz's four opponents reported having slightly more than $176,000 in campaign contributions on hand as of June 30, compared with the nearly $454,000 Walz reported.
Fundraising against Bachmann in CD 6 has been significantly stronger, yet the only coverage the candidates get are hit pieces. With the convention coming up Saturday, I'd expect some sort of coverage starting tomorrow, but it will pale in comparison to the run up the GOP candidates in CD 1 received before the endorsement.
And who can forget the Bachmann fluff piece?
Look at the fundraising numbers. As incumbents, it's expected that Bachmann and Walz will raise significant sums of money. Both have done that and that alone makes each of the formidable.
The biggest difference however, neglected by the mainstream media, is in constituent outreach.
Tim Walz is holding open forums, listening sessions, and providing outreach to our Veterans. Walz is active across CD 1, walking, talking and listening to his constituents, regardless of where they stand politically. He's being a statesman.
Bachmann? Tele-conferences, no open forums, listening sessions, lackluster constituent outreach. She's AWOL! You can't even record video of Congresswoman Bachmann for fear that Ken Avidor may see it!
Truth be told, it's the strong constituent outreach from Congressman Walz and his staff that make the CD 1 Congressional seat relatively safe for him. He's busting his ass as a Congressman and we recognize that.
Congresswoman Bachmann is merely going through the motions, holding firm to policies that have hurt working and middle class Minnesotans.
Her lack of outreach and the mainstream media's negligence in covering that important aspect of democracy, hurt us all.