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Mike McFadden blames Franken for Nicaraguan-made campaign shirts

As the tag indicates, this Mike McFadden shirt was made in Nicaragua.
As the tag indicates, this Mike McFadden shirt was made in Nicaragua.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden talks a lot about the importance of jobs. For instance, in recent weeks, he's said things like, "Senator [Franken] along with President Obama have waged a war on jobs in this country," and, "I've created jobs. That's what I do. I have a record of 20 years of doing that, and I look forward to that conversation."

So eyebrows were raised when McFadden's campaign distributed shirts at the MNGOP convention in Rochester that were made in Nicaragua.

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Here's the shirt:

Mike McFadden blames Franken for Nicaraguan-made campaign shirts

In case your Spanish isn't quite up to snuff, here's another look at the tag:

Mike McFadden blames Franken for Nicaraguan-made campaign shirts

And here's a bunch of prominent Republicans proudly wearing the shirt around the convention:

We contacted the McFadden campaign about the shirts. According to spokesman Tom Erickson, McFadden's shirts are typically made by a Minnesota company named Realm Promotions. He even passed along this photo for proof:

Mike McFadden blames Franken for Nicaraguan-made campaign shirts

So what explains the orange Nicaraguan shirts that Republicans were wearing around the convention?

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Turns out, the Nicaraguan shirts are Obama and Franken's fault, at least according to what Erickson tells us.

"We needed just 50 shirts on one-day notice for the state convention," he says. "It was hard to find the shirts we wanted on short notice, especially with the Obama-Franken war on jobs forcing more and more companies to move overseas."

McFadden (right) is trying to take Franken's Senate seat.
McFadden (right) is trying to take Franken's Senate seat.

A DFL source, on the other hand, linked "Shirt-gate" with reports that the investment bank McFadden worked for as co-CEO, Lazard Middle Market, was hired to advise companies that subsequently cut workers or moved jobs overseas on at least three occasions.

The Nicaraguan-made shirts also drew a rebuke from the Al Franken campaign.

"Looks like Minnesotans are finally learning the specifics about McFadden's jobs plan -- too bad it's for workers in Nicaragua," campaign spokesperson Alexandra Fetissoff tells us. "We're proud that the Franken Campaign T-shirts are union-made right here in the USA."

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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