Bills: Car dealer's ad was political payback

  • Article by: COREY MITCHELL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 3, 2012 - 6:11 PM

Paul Walser, a Republican, dismissed charge, saying he endorsed Klobuchar because she helped save his business.

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lakneeOct. 2, 12 8:35 PM

ARRey sez: Mister Bills appears to be taking a page from the Romney/GOP playbook: Open mouth, insert foot.

suzukisvOct. 2, 12 8:55 PM

Let's pretend that Bills has a point, how would Amy make Walser do this and what leverage would she have today? Would GM close Walser down if he didn't make the ad? Of course not. Amy has no leverage over Walser whatsoever. Gee, Walser may have made the ad because he was truly grateful for what she did for his business and the hundreds of employess that work for him. I think gov't and business always have a place and way to work together for the betterment of a community. Seem the biggest crybabies in any room these days are Republicans. Quit your whining and blaming everyone else for your troubles and pull yourselves up by your bootstraps!

ontheroadagnOct. 2, 12 9:04 PM

poor kurt bills will be fading into obscurity again after the election unless he can pull off a resurection like Terryl clark did, oh thats right she's obscure again, sorry

garagewineOct. 2, 12 9:22 PM

Time to get rid of crony capitalism, its practitioners, and its patrons. Send a message this November.

sjhuotOct. 2, 12 9:39 PM

Bills doesn't have a chance, so why bother?

sjhuotOct. 2, 12 9:43 PM

Oh, and I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here! Really? People contribute to politicians who help them, or whom they hope will help them? Thank God this never happens in GOPland!

raineyrooOct. 2, 1210:15 PM

Walser's right that a levelheaded Senator is needed. The last thing needed is some Tea Party hot-head like Kurt Bills.

danderson60Oct. 2, 1210:39 PM

Is it truly crony capitalism when a senator and house member actually does something for their constituents. Klobuchar was doing her job. Did Walser have to make the ad? No, but he did make to show support for someone who supported him when the economy took a dump. This is how the private and the public sector interact. This is the same stupid attack as the "Obama said you didn't build it!!". The stupid part is if Walser lost the business the same people would be attacking for not doing more for him.

garagewineOct. 2, 1211:15 PM

"Is it truly crony capitalism when a senator and house member actually does something for their constituents."---Yes, it is. She can rationalize it any way she likes. But most of her constituents do not work in the auto industry, much less at that specific dealership. The federal government has no business running industries or dictating to them where and how to invest or operate. The fact that Walser is now showing his "gratitude" at election time just tells you how close the crony ties are.

loop80Oct. 2, 1211:17 PM

If she did nothing, Bills would criticize her. When she does, it's "playing politics" and "crony capitalism". As laknee says, he takes a page from the Romney/GOP playbook, but it is the page saying "lie, lie, and keep lying until it's accepted as truth".


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