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FL-24: Feeney Apologizes for Abramoff Ties in New Ad

by: James L.

Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 5:58 PM EDT


This is nuts:

In an unusual campaign move, U.S. Rep. Tom Feeney will use a new television ad to apologize for his role in the Jack Abramoff corruption scandal.

Set to air Tuesday, the 30-second spot features Feeney alone at a kitchen telling viewers that he made a "rookie mistake" by taking a 2003 golfing trip to Scotland that was paid for Abramoff, whom he calls a corrupt lobbyist."I embarrassed myself, I embarrassed you and for that, I'm very sorry," said Feeney, holding a black coffee mug as soft music plays in the background.

Here's the full script:

"Five years ago, when I was first elected to Congress I was invited on trip to Scotland.  I found out later that it was paid for by a corrupt lobbyist. It was a rookie mistake and I did everything I could to make it right.  I reported it to the ethics committee and I paid the money back. I embarrassed myself, I embarrassed you and for that, I'm very sorry. I'm Tom Feeney and I approve this message because public service means about being honest, even when you make a mistake."

You don't usually see incumbents in a tough election issue mea culpas like this. (Note also that he's only apologizing years after the offending incident.) In fact, this move had shades of Don Sherwood all over it. Will voters be in a forgiving mood this November? I doubt it.

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LOL
It is also a "rookie" move to spend money on ads connecting yourself to corruption and scandal especially in a close race.  

Too funny
Whatever idiot advised him to do this should be fired.  Kosmas was making the race about Feeney being out of touch with the district.  She's barely even mentioned the Abramoff scandel.  All he did was dig himself deeper with this ad.  I'll guarantee this ad hurts him far more than it helps.

No way.
That advisor should be praised to the skies.

This is a bold move by Feeney, and we encourage him to spend heavily on this ad.


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There's also
the Tom Reynolds ad from last cycle where he surrounded himself with random children to serve as human shields while he apologized for enabling a certain pedophile. And he even managed to win after that! (Thanks almost exclusively to Jack Davis being his opponent.)

Was that an ad?
Or was that just the press conference where he surrounded himself with children and refused to take questions on the Foley scandal (because of all the children nearby!)?

I remember the press conference (which the Daily Show mocked), but not an ad like that.


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Ooops
The ad is here. No children, just Tom's big sad talking head. I was mentally interpolating a bit of the press conference, I guess.

[ Parent ]
Tom Reynolds
Made an almost identical ad in 2006 regarding his role in the Mark Foley/Congressional Pages/Dirty Emails scandal. I swear to you, this Feeney ad is almost a dead ringer to what Tom Reynolds said.

Also, it looks like Feeney was very robotic in this one. He lacks genuine regret over the incident he is apologizing for.

For more to Tom Reynolds' apologetic classics, see here and here


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this is a big mistake
You can't put together a commercial and acknowledge your ties to a "corrupt lobbyist."  I guess the best thing that this commercial indicates is that the Feeney campaign is very concerned.  That Kosmas poll must have been pretty accurate.  

Btw, for anyone who has seen Feeney up close, they really did something to his hair, because he does not look like that.  


a successful apology ad
would have a twist  ... see franken's ad in response to coleman's footage of him spewing vulgarities. (yeah, i get angry, and why doesn't norm coleman?)

the only thing feeney's ad  twists is a knife into his own gut... it just keeps digging deeper, ending by admitting that he's an embarrassment.

i guess they expect us to focus on that incongruous feel-good elevator music instead of his abject failure...

It is difficult to get the news from poems, but men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there. --William Carlos Williams


Notice what's missing
Feeney does not say "It was an isolated incident" or "I've never done anything else like that again" or "I'll never make this sort of mistake again" or...

I know this is the wrong place for this...
.... here is a new poll from MN-1.

Tarrance Group poll commissioned by the Brian Davis Campaign/NRCC.

http://www.bluestemprairie.com/

Congressional Ballot: A Time Series  
                   Aug.  17-18, 2008        Sept.   17-18 2008                                                                                                                                                
Brian Davis (R)             27                      32                   +5
Tim Walz (D)*              54                      50                   -4                                    
Greg Mikkelson (I)        4                        4                                                      
Undecided                   16                      14    

[we add it up            101%                   100%]

"Where free Unions and collective bargaining is forbidden, freedom is lost." - Ronald Reagan


Hah
That is a GREAT catch. Well done.

[ Parent ]
Thank Bluestem Prairie


"Where free Unions and collective bargaining is forbidden, freedom is lost." - Ronald Reagan

[ Parent ]
Tim Walz
He's turned out to be one of our best new congressmen of 2006.  In two years he's completely solidified his hold on the district and seems to be a great future statewide office holder.

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Strong rumors...
... that he may run for Govenor in 2010.  

"Where free Unions and collective bargaining is forbidden, freedom is lost." - Ronald Reagan

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That would be great
I heard Mark Dayton was running, so we cannot allow him to become our nominee.  What a disaster that would be.  We really need to win the Governorship in 2010 to take complete control over redistricting.

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agreed on Dayton
If you retire from the Senate because you dont think you can win, then why are you running for governor?

Walz would be awesome.  I'd worry about holding his district but if he ran though.  And if Ramstad gets into the race, I doubt Walz would run.  Dont give up a safe House seat for a tough tough tough gubernatorial run.

Pawlenty has said he is inclined to run again in 2010 so that would possibly make Ramstad defer to Pawlenty, thus ending any chance of him running in the future either.

2010 gubernatorial looks like it will be a solid pick-up with every A-list DFLer in the state eyeing it.  And Pawlenty barely won over a crass jerk, a solid Dem candidate should win this no problem.


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oh
and Ramstad has never indicated any interest but he didn't really retire from politics it seemed (wanted to be back in MN IIRC) and he is really the only big name Republican in the state who could win.  All of the state House and Senate leaders are right right right wing.

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The reward would probably be worth it
Yes, the 1st district may be a tough hold in 2010 if Walz runs for Governor.  However if he does run and win the Governor's race it guarantees us controlk over redistricting in 2012 which would help us tremendously.

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lol
I know I'm usually out of place with this view, but as someone who is in favor of NATIONwide redistricting reform, Minnesota might only have 2 Republicans left, I mean, do we really need that much control? I don't think they're going to lose a seat after the census, are they? LoL That's like in NY getting rid of the last two Republicans in the House after this election, its just mean. Funny, but mean.

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The numbers make sense...
Suppose it's:
Davis (R)      26.6
Walz (D)*      53.7                                  
Mikkelson (I)   4.1  
Undecided      15.6

They add up to 100, but round up to the reported results.

Percentages for 3+ candidates don't need to total 100% when rounded; QED.


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Just e-mailed Tom Feeney's staff
Praising them for a brilliant and very emotionally moving TV ad.  I recommended that they play it as often as possible between now and election day.

Has Feeney always been this dumb, Chad?
I would think that someone who has politically survived for a long time being so far out of step with his district would have to exhibit some political skill -- or have Dems always just given him a pass for some unexplained reason, and now he's screwing up under pressure?

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His district leans Republican
R+4 or so -- the environment has never been ripe enough to give him a good challenge until recently.

He's probably always been a bonehead, though.


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Yes, pretty much
I think Feeney has just grown lazy and takes things for granted.  He drew his own house district in 2002, and I think he's just now coming the the realization that he actually has to run a real campaign for the first time in ages.

Feeney has never struck me as very politically astute.  He consistently votes against ANYTHING that democrats are for, regardless of how popular it is with voters.  Even things as basic as minumum wages and reducing college loan rates for students he won't budge on.  There are often bills that pass the house by around 420-15 and Feeney is in the 15 against.

To this day I believe that Feeney was the biggest single reason for Jeb Bush's 1994 loss in the FL Governor's race.  Feeney's extremist record made him a very bad pick for Jeb's Lt. Governor and Jeb lost 51-49%.


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Well, last time ...
... I got to see John Hostettler get taken out, and he was hands down the stupidest person I've ever been represented by at any level of government when I lived in his district in the 90s.  So it's your turn this cycle!!

[ Parent ]
In the words of Inspector Gadget...
Wowzers...


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