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Tom Emmer: He’s A Politician! He’s A Pitchman! He’s A Dessert Topping!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 30, 2013

2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer shows how to get a political ad on TV and get paid for it — by shilling for somebody else’s product at the same time you’re selling yourself.

Seriously, he actually did this. Sally Jo Sorensen of Bluestem Prairie has the deets:

Emmer is the apparent frontrunner for the Republican endorsement in the open seat created in Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District with the retirement of Representative Michele Bachmann.

This morning he doesn’t disappoint Bluestem’s expectations for providing great blogger fodder, as he gives a short testimonial for Integrity Exteriors and Remodelers, Inc., an Anoka-based general contractor with headquarters in Anoka. According to records on file with the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office, Andrew Dahlberg, Elk River, serves as Chief Executive Officer of the firm.

A quick check with the Federal Election Commission and the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board individual contributor databases reveals that Dahlberg does not appear to have made any federal or state campaign contributions large enough to require disclosure by either agency.

The ad may raise eyebrows–if not legal questions–because Emmer introduces the testimonial ad as a candidate running for congress, while standing before a yard sign.

Just go and read Sally’s piece, and watch the (unintentionally) hilarious ad Emmer did. It’s straight out of The Onion.

One Response to “Tom Emmer: He’s A Politician! He’s A Pitchman! He’s A Dessert Topping!”

  1. The followup: Turns out that Sally Jo’s discovery of this ad was picked up by many other news outlets. Some credited Sally Jo, others went out of their way not to mention her:

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