Image: Ken Avidor's interpretation of Matt Entenza's literature. Used with permission.
On Thursday, three administrative law judges rejected Matt Entenza's complaint about Rebecca Otto's personal Facebook page reaction his attempts to repackaged a decade-old vote as an analogy to the 2012 voter ID amendment.
The story made news across the state; Bluestem looked at the issue in The spectacle of cramped reading; or, the Say Anything edition of the DFL state auditor primary.
Even as news of the Otto vindication flashed across the state, the machinery of bulk rate mail was grinding in the background. Many Minnesotans discovered anti-Otto hit piece in their mailboxes yesterday chastizing her for the old vote:
Missing from the picture? Her support of the 2012 campaign to defeat the amendment--or an explanation of what Matt Entenza himself did to defeat the amendment. Browzing through Nexis All News, Bluestem find no mention of Matt Entenza working against the amendment, nor do we find any itemized contribution from Entenza or his former wife, Lois Quam, to the Our Vote, Our Future committee, the main vehicle for those working to defeat the amendment.
However, perhaps it is unfair to hold Entenza to a standard that many DFL electeds couldn't meet since until relatively late in the game--around September--the "smart" people in Minnesota politics thought the amendment's passage was a forgone conclusion, however many DFL legislators voted against putting the measure on the ballot.
Friends who worked on the campaign still reflect how difficult it was to get the usual suspects to contribute to the campaign until fall.
Twitter reacts to mailings
The bait-and-switch Voter ID scary piece, arriving on the heels of the panel's ruling against Entenza, wasn't the only Entenza mail piece to provoke voters. Sassy Minnesotans took to twitter to air creative differences with the Entenza campaign. In additional to the Avidor version of Entenza lit at the top of the post, we present these reactions in no particular order:
We've received 3 mailings from Matt Entenza so far. ??? Are mailings still an effective strategy?— NordeastB (@NordeastB) July 26, 2014
And when I read it, this is what I HEARD Matt Entenza saying to me through his literature... pic.twitter.com/dVrkdAJRVa— Eric Austin (@e_austin) July 22, 2014
@e_austin and rich!— Laura Askelin (@cursedthing) July 22, 2014
A hit piece against award-winning, nationally recognized for being awesome @Rebecca_Otto is only a reminder to not vote for Mr. Entenza.— Melissa Jamrock (@jamrockstar) July 25, 2014
Got an ad in the mail today where Keith Ellison said positive things about Entenza's run. Blech.— Elle Ess (@ViaMarsala18) July 23, 2014
I just got a mailing from @keithellison supporting Matt Entenza and am now seriously rethinking everything I ever liked about Ellison...— Robin Marty (@robinmarty) July 22, 2014
And finally, an appeal to the fake Entenza twitter account to return:
Of course, the mysterious fake responded:
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