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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Senator Satveer Chaudhary - Condescension on Parade

A friend of mine sent me a sound clip of Senator Chaudhary from an interview on MPR where he is talking up how well his campaign is going in spite of the DFL pulling his endorsement (clip is linked from http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/29/chaudhary-loses-endorsement). The clip contains some typical Chaudhary self-aggrandizing babble, but one little tidbit of the senator's pitch, delivered in a very smug, condescending tone, caught my attention:
"Our showing at the parades was really strong, and none of my opponents were even in the parades..."
Granted, whether or not a candidate participates in a parade is not a huge deal in the large scheme of demonstrating suitability for office, but this is a blatant lie and Chaudhary knows it.

Maybe the senator just isn't too observant, or maybe he just didn't see Gina Bauman and her supporters with their T-shirts, signs, and banners working the crowd at the Fridley parade. Besides Gina and her supporters, another of the fishin' magician's opponents was also present and highly visible.

In defense of the senator, visibility probably isn't that good with one's nose angled jauntily upward while ensconced in the driver's seat of a planet destroying SUV (but cut him a break for the "Critical Habitat" plates on it). For some reason the Satmobile had a plain utility trailer full of kids in tow (which, incidentally, is probably not the safest way for children to participate in a parade) rather than the senator's spiffy bass boat. Perhaps it was easier to attach the tacky pandering "Viva Senatore Chaudhary" (or something like that - I speak English) Spanish language campaign sign to the back of trailer than on the curved surface of the boat.

I guess referring to the senator's statement as a "blatant lie" is a bit strong - let's just chalk it up as yet another DFL "sanding off of the truth" and leave it at that.

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Blogger Brent said...

Yeah, you're totally right. I've never seen kids being pulled in a trailer for a parade before. Oh wait....

7/19/2010 9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Chaudhary was referring to his other competitors for his senate seat: Barb Goodman and Rae Hart Anderson. Is there anyone else planning to add their name to the longest list of candidates in a senate race?

7/24/2010 9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rae was there in her usual very obnoxious way and was VERY hard to miss. She doesn't have a chance in the election, but one would have to be blind or deaf to have missed her in the parade.

I think Chaudhary just wanted to get his version out and as he has been known to frequently do not let the truth get in the way of his spin.

Bauman is the only viable choice in this election. Other than her our choices are an ethically challenged socialist and influence broker, an apparently ethical socialist, and a gadfly who doesn't appear to have any consistent position on anything other than her religion.

7/24/2010 10:12 AM  

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