Dems’ fixation on candidate’s hair riles Iron Range paper

When the campaign season mercifully ends in a few weeks, history will record that this was the year that a party ran against an opponent’s hairin the race for Congress in Minnesota’s 8th District. Hair!

The Washington Post declared earlier this month that this is how you run against “a rich guy.”

No it’s not, the Mesabi Daily News declares in an editorial today, one of the very few outlets that’s taken a stand against dumb and superficial political ads.

Who cares if Mills has distinctive long hair? The only thing interesting about that is how it runs contrary to the public image and perception of Republicans.

Does Rep. Nolan’s somewhat peculiar voice inflection matter? Of course not.

This hit-ad on Mills is just one of many disgusting television commercials airing throughout the country during this political campaign — for both Democratic and Republican candidates.

What they really do is discredit the very candidates they are trying to help.

The ad about Mills’ hair was not put on air directly by the Nolan campaign. It is the silly work of the Democratic Congressional Committee.
But it is still tied to the congressman. After all, it was authorized by a committee working for the election of all Democratic members of Congress, including Nolan.

The editorial gave a nod to incumbent Rick Nolan for doing “some good things” for the district.

(h/t: Bob Moffitt)

Related: A fight is on for rural Minnesota votes (Minnesota Public Radio News).

  • Gary F

    When you can’t run on your record you need to go to character assassination.

    And then, all they can find is to make fun of the hair!

    • They are also going after the “rich and entitled” angle as well by tossing in the “Stewart Mills – THE THIRD” in virtually every ad, much like “Thurston Howell – THE THIRD” from “Gilligan’s Island” fame.

      The “other” side is slinging mud as well.

      Stooping to such infantile shot at each other makes me sick.

  • Robert Moffitt

    Pot, meet kettle. The MDN gets its editorial knickers in a bunch over the “hair” ads, but has only a passing discouraging word about the ads that Mill’s proxies are running. Like this gem… …

    • Gary F

      Nolan didn’t do these things?

      Isn’t illegal immigration a topic being discussed in Washington in the last year?
      Welfare reform isn’t a valid topic in this great economy?

      • Jack Ungerleider

        Is tax policy not important? While the ads stoke the hair angle the one linked also includes the main gripe the DCCC is making in all their ads. Mills is a rich man who supports tax policies that favor the upper class at the expense of the middle class. They site interviews in the ad, I have not verified them.

        • Gary F

          Laffer curve, look it up.

          All this taxing the rich sure has created lots of prosperity and jobs. Why are so many people out of the workforce? Why are Medtronic, Burger King, and others looking to move corporate headquarters out of the country? Democratic prosperity, we are living it now.

          Stewart Mills, worked at Fleet Farm as a kid, and then went to school, and went back to the family business. He knows how taxes, regulation, and health care laws affect business and providing jobs.

          Mark Dayton, went to school, taught for a couple of years, then spent his whole life in government.

          I’d take Mills any day.

          • Jack Ungerleider

            My reply was to your implication that the ad against Mills did not deal with substantive issues while the ad against Nolan did. I just pointed out that the DCCC ad was more than a style commentary on Mills’ hair. This isn’t the place to engage in a debate on the merits of various tax policy.

          • Wait, Mills is running for Governor now?

    • Fred, just Fred

      Agree or not, those are legitimate issues Robert. Personally I think the juxtaposition you’ve provided just makes Nolan’s ads look all the worse.

  • Robert Moffitt

    The good people of the 8th District will get the final say on this, not us. Chose wisely, Rangers!

  • kevinfromminneapolis

    This ad amuses me for this reason: If Republicans ran an ad trying to make a man appear feminine in a negative way, the faux-rage would be overwhelming.

    But something to keep in mind is no ad would be running right now if it didn’t work. On November 3rd, we’ll have elected what we deserve because of it.

    • jack

      Mills appears narcissistic the way he is constantly grooming himself. It sends a message that he is more self involved. This self grooming reminds me of my cat.

  • Robert Moffitt

    Two recent polls (one internal) now have Mills leading Nolan. Hair? or Error?