Hinting at their strategy for campaigning against Sen. Amy Klobuchar in 2012, Minnesota Republicans have launched a website that tries to link Klobuchar to Minnesota’s junior senator, Al Franken.
The website, amyfacts.com, features photos of Klobuchar and Franken at the top of the page, and says Klobuchar voted with Franken 92 percent of the time. “Talks like a moderate. Votes like a Franken,” the banner reads.
The site, paid for by the Minnesota Republican Party, also has a minute-long video Franken and Klobuchar appearing together, as well as a Twitter account. The domain name was purchased in December.
So far, no one from the GOP has expressed interest in running against Klobuchar. Whoever steps forward faces a formidable challenge: Polling firm Public Policy Polling has found Klobuchar is the most popular senator among those running in 2012, with a 59-29 approval-disapproval rating.
Franken, on the other hand, has modest approval ratings at 45-42. And Franken's name is often used in stump speeches by Minnesota Republicans like former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Rep. Michele Bachmann talking about liberal Minnesota Democrats.
When the polling firm surveyed potential contenders against Klobuchar, the closest Republican was former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who trailed in a hypothetical matchup by 10 points (and he has an interest in running for a different office in 2012).
Interest groups spent less slightly money lobbying state government in 2015 than in the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.
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