Updated at 6:07 p.m.
As the Sixth District congressional race heats up, Rep. Michele Bachmann targets Minnesota stomachs in a new ad that claims DFLer Tarryl Clark voted to raise taxes on a variety of State Fair goodies.
“I know, I know, it’s State Fair time and you don’t want to hear about politics,” says Jim “The Election Guy,” a character in Bachmann’s T.V. ads. “But while you’re at the fair, you should know Tarryl Clark here voted to raise taxes on your corn dog. And your deep fried bacon. And your beer.”
A memo from the Bachmann campaign characterizes Clark’s votes.
While Clark voted ‘yes’ on a bill that would increase the tax on liquor sales, Bachmann’s claims about corn dog and bacon taxes are a bit misleading. Her campaign says Clark favored a transportation bill that included a metro sales tax hike, which affects corn dogs and bacon but does not specifically target those things.
Clark’s campaign contends one of the votes that the Bachmann camp is citing is her vote for the Legacy Amendment, which gave voters a chance to approve a sales tax increase — a measure the Sixth District supported in 2008.
The State Fair is steamed about the ad for other reasons. It’s logo appears twice in the commercial and Fair officials said Tuesday they were asking Bachmann’s campaign to stop using the trademarked image.
“We are making a request to her office to end the unauthorized usage of the logo,” said Brienna Schuette, a spokeswoman for the Fair. Schuette said the Bachmann campaign did not ask for permission.
“The State Fair does not endorse any candidate running for political office,” she added.
Bachmann’s campaign announced Wednesday afternoon that they although they believe they have the legal right to keep the image in the ad, they will switch it out for a generic one “out of good faith.”