North Minneapolis activist Don Allen's Independent Business News Network released the first in a series of ads he plans to put together this campaign season using (alleged) DFL voters against DFL candidates.
"A Message to the Minnesota DFL" features a doe-eyed "Minnesota Democrat" named Kathy, who, as police sirens wail in the background, tells viewers, "I have watched our governor, Mark Dayton, promise 'change' but never deliver."
Mpls Pastor Jerry McAfee says, "The most hateful and bigoted people I know are gay"
"This November, as a Democrat, I plan on making a change," Kathy continues. "I will use my vote to reset a stalled system. November 2014, I will not give my vote to any Democrat in Minnesota."
The ad closes with an endorsement of Jeff Johnson, the MNGOP-backed candidate for governor.
Here it is:
The ad wasn't well received on Twitter. Here's a sampling of some of the commentary:
@dbrauer I'm sure the DFL is holding emergency meetings after that Molotov Cocktail was lobbed their way......-- jake nyberg (@jakenyberg) July 20, 2014
@dbrauer I love a girl with big, beautiful eyes and...like...trouble reading. Hey, girl. Meet me at Urban Eatery after sunset.-- Ryan Lindberg (@ryanlindberg) July 20, 2014
Reached for comment this morning, Allen says he's moving ahead with plans to produce a series of the spots. Others will feature Hispanics, African Americans, and Asians who identify as Democrats but for one reason or another have become fed up with the DFL.
@dbrauer much like the DFL, I'm thinking about closing up shop. It was a good run.-- jake nyberg (@jakenyberg) July 20, 2014
Allen identifies himself as a "new Republican."
"The new Republicans are a little bit more focused on getting in and correcting some wrongs," Allen says. "We believe that gay marriage is a right -- people should be able to marry who they wanna marry -- we don't believe that a man in a suit should has anything to do with a woman's body... the right to life is a woman's."
"Civil rights and education are very important, whereas the current status of the MNGOP is, 'We're gonna sing to the choir as much as we can, and we're going to be exclusive, not inclusive, and open up offices all around the state but not in critical areas,'" Allen says. "The GOP under current and past leadership aren't going anywhere near north Minneapolis, [but] the Republicans aren't going to beat Ellison or McCollum when they have abandoned these local communities."
On its website, the IBNN says its goal "is to provide a different view of the local, national and global news and events that happen in the Black communities around the world."
(For more, click to page two.)
"IBNN's expectations are to provide a level of coverage and investigative reporting not seen on local mainstream media, while covering Politics, Education, Money, Business, and Community events," it adds. "IBNN is an affiliate of Black Politics in Minneapolis, Radical Black USA and other African American news sources."
Asked why he endorsed Johnson instead of any of the other three Republicans taking part in next month's gubernatorial primary, Allen replies, "Because Johnson is the only one that's not tainted by the MNGOP good ol' boys network."
"Jeff Johnson has more money in the bank than any of the other guys running for governor, which lets me understand he's fiscally conservative," Allen says. "Honor, Seifert -- they wouldn't say a word to me, they've been infiltrated by the Republican Party hacks."
Allen says his ads will be YouTube exclusives.
"I can't afford TV," he says. "It's just a social media campaign."
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