Reading Politics in Minnesota this week, I came across a familiar name in an article about new state senate staffers in the Republican majority caucus:
Brad Biers (Health and Human Services), a longtime Republican operative, has been a partner at the consulting firm Capitol Communications in recent years. Biers’ clients included Allen Quist in his bid for the Republican endorsement to challenge U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, a Democrat. Before that he was communications director at the Taxpayers League of Minnesota for a year. Back in 2005, Biers was Michele Bachmann’s campaign manager when she first ran for Congress.
A few years are missing from that account, including Biers' 2007-2008 turn as campaign manager for Republican First District endorsee Brian Davis. A memorable statement, preserve as if in amber in pages of the Post Bulletin's Political Party blog:
Brad Biers, Davis campaign manager added, "Dick Day's liberal record in the Legislature as a tax raiser and big spender have written his political fate. Whether it's 200 people voting in the endorsement or 20,000 Republicans voting in the primary, people are tired of "politicians" who say one thing and do another."
That's surely how everyone remembers Dick Day, the former Senate minority leader.
Biers left the Davis campaign in August 2008 to work for the Taxpayers' League "No Constitutional Tax Increase” campaign. The heritage amendment won with 55.99 percent of the vote. Walz won the First that year with 62.50 pecent to Davis's 32.93 percent.
The successes of the late 2007 through 2008 election cycle isn't the only thing elided from Biers' professional history. In 2006, Biers lost the MN House District 51A seat to Scott Kranz.
I remember Biers well from the Davis campaign. Good times.