St. Paul- Senators Amy Koch and Senator Michelle Fischbach today called on Democrat gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton to denounce a series of deeply offensive (/mail_piece_2.pdf) and inflammatory (/stainedglassmailing.pdf) anti-Catholic mailings sent by the Minnesota DFL Party.
“These deeply offensive anti-Catholic mailings from the DFL Party have absolutely no place in our state. As the standard bear of his party and DFL nominee for governor, Mark Dayton must denounce these unconscionable smears and tell his Party that they have gone too far. For Dayton’s Party to suggest that the Catholic Church has been ignoring the poor is the most irresponsible and deplorable attack I have ever seen during my time in public service,” said Senator Amy Koch (R-Buffalo).
“Mark Dayton’s family members have donated $900,000 to the DFL Party during this campaign to fund political attacks, making them among the largest single funding sources in this election cycle. As the leader of his party in this election and in light of his family’s major role in financing the DFL party, Mark Dayton has a special moral obligation to speak out on this matter. These hurtful mailings from the DFL Party are absolutely outrageous and Mark Dayton should be ashamed of his Party. Attacking religious groups is never acceptable in any way, shape, or form. Mark Dayton must make certain that his Party immediately ceases these attacks against Minnesotans of faith and he must apologize on behalf of his Party. Dayton’s continued silence on this matter is completely unacceptable,” said Senator Michelle Fischbach (R- Paynesville).
Dayton Donations To DFL Party: $900,000
Eric and Andrew Dayton: $250,000 each
Alida Rockefeller Messinger: $280,000
Mary Lee Dayton: $100,000
David Dayton: $20,000
(Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (20003), “Report of Receipts and Expenditures,” Minnesota Campaign Finance Board, October 25, 2010)
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