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Minnesota 6th congressional district candidate and noted pitchman Tom Emmer (www.startribune.com).
by Steve Timmer
Oct 15, 2014, 11:00 AM

Tom Emmer rides in a helicopter

Tom Emmer has a new television ad out touting how he will fix roads and bridges when he gets to Congress. After all, he did such a whiz bang job of it when he was in the Legislature. Well, not really.

Anyone with half a memory will remember that Tom was one of Tim Pawlenty’s loyal vassals in the House who presided over a decade of neglect and decay of Minnesota infrastructure, which included the collapse of a major bridge on Interstate 35W. Tom voted against a gas tax bill in 2008 and he voted to sustain the Tim Pawlenty’s veto, which was overridden.

Roads and bridges are the theme of the election for the Republicans, including dark money groups like the Minnesota Action Network. But when the rubber hits the road, so to speak, they don’t want to pay for them.

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