Poor Matt Entenza. He thought he could run yet another sleazy and expensive backstabbing of a campaign against a fellow DFLer, only to be tripped up by the fact that many politically-minded Minnesota Democrats have a) long and accurate memories, and b) an ability to find the proofs that confirm the accuracy of those memories.
Matt Entenza, you see, is running against the perfectly suitable two-term DFL incumbent Rebecca Otto for the position of State Auditor. And, following the pattern he set in his two most recent previous runs for statewide office (those for attorney general and governor), he’s doing it in his typically sleazy and self-entitled “Say Anything” manner (h/t Bluestem Prairie):
Yesterday’s decision by the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) panel to dismiss Matt Entenza’s complaint about a comment Rebecca Otto made on her personal Facebook page is ably reported by Abby Simons in Panel rejects Entenza’s voter ID claim in state auditor race:
A state Office of Administrative Hearings panel rejected claims by Matt Entenza that Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto lied when she said she had not voted for legislation requiring voter identification.
In an 11-page order issued Thursday, the three-judge panel rejected the official campaign complaint filed by Entenza, who is challenging Otto in a DFL primary Aug. 12. Entenza, a former House minority leader, filed for the office in the last moments before deadline, surprising Otto, a former House colleague, and many DFLers. . . .
In a statement issued by the DFL, Otto’s attorney, Charlie Nauen, called the ruling “a complete victory for Rebecca Otto over Matt Entenza’s misleading claims and distortion of the facts.”
“I have never voted for Voter ID,” Otto said in the statement. “In fact, I campaigned against it.”
“Rebecca Otto had it right,” DFL Party Chair Ken Martin said. “Matt Entenza will say anything to get himself elected.”
Here’s the ruling, wherein the judges dismissed the complaint’s “cramped reading” of campaign law: Entenza Order
Of course, we’re talking about Mister Say Anything Entenza, the California native who’s trying to parlay a few high school years plus summer visits to Grandma’s place into a full-blown Greater Minnesota childhood, as a part of a place-baiting effort to position himself as the Most Rural Candidate Ever.
The pity is that he is doing pretty good work with his Minnesota 2020 outfit. If he’d just stick to that instead of trying for statewide elected office, he might actually he remembered fondly in the end.