Tea Party leaders call GOP Senate candidate a "phony" and "fraud"
March 31, 2014 — 3:32am
Tea Party leaders again took aim at GOP Senate candidate Mike McFadden calling him a "phony" and a "fraud" in a podcast that aired Wednesday.
McFadden, running against incumbent Democratic Sen. Al Franken, is continuing to claim that MSNBC host Chris Matthews attacked him on a cable news show last week even though the network confirmed Matthews was talking about Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick.
In a fundraising email, still running on Facebook, McFadden says Matthews is attacking him -- something Minnesota Tea Party Alliance leaders Jack Rogers and Jake Duesenberg called disingenuous.
"This guy is a fraud. He's an absolute fraud," Duesenberg said on his Living Free podcast. "They just need some people like us to expose this behavior, which isn't only Mike McFadden's campaign, this happens all over the United States, this happens time and time again."
McFadden's campaign manager Brad Herold declined to comment Saturday.
This adds to the apparent trouble McFadden's camp is having with the Tea Party. The same leaders earlier this month railed on the businessman for declining speaking invitations.
Amid reports that Donald Trump was in danger of not getting on Minnesota's presidential ballot, the Trump campaign says everything is in order and voters will have a chance to cast their ballot for him in November.
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.
Maine's bombastic Republican governor has built a reputation on his unfiltered comments, but his obscene tirade unleashed on a liberal lawmaker prompted Democratic lawmakers Friday to warn that the governor was coming unhinged and to call for a political intervention.
"No one is working harder than Mike to earn the GOP nomination and Mike looks forward to sharing his vision of a limited but effective government," said Tom Erickson, spokesman for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden.