A New Low in Minnesota Political Ads

Last minute, desperate television ad from Tim Walz allies goes too far


Golden Valley, MN --- Jeff Johnson lashed out at the Alliance for a Better MInnesota’s latest attack ad against him calling it despicable and a new low in Minnesota political advertising. The ad features a young disabled man in a wheelchair who claims he would not receive medical care if Jeff Johnson is elected governor.
 

In fact, the healthcare needs of the person featured in the ad would be covered by the state of Minnesota and the federal government through Medicaid. Nothing in Johnson’s healthcare proposals would change that.
 

“This ad is despicable, based on a flat-out lie and is everything people complain about in negative campaigning - it makes me sick to my stomach,” said Johnson. “To portray this young man in a political ad this way does a disservice to disabled people across the state who really do need our support. There’s a special place in hell for the people who designed this ad.”
 

Johnson noted the Alliance for a Better Minnesota is funded by the same groups and donors who are funding Tim Walz’s campaign, including people who work in the healthcare field and take care of disabled people every day.

  • Messinger, Alida
  • Opperman, Vance
  • SEIU Minn State Council Political Fund
  • Minnesota Nurses Association
  • Education Minnesota
  • MAPE-PAC
  • Minn AFL-CIO
  • Minn Assoc of Professional Employees Political Fund
  • Laborers District Council of Minn & ND Pol Fund
  • Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation

 

The Alliance for a Better Minnesota has already run $4 million of negative ads against Johnson and plans to spend another $550,000 on their latest ad.


Text of the ad:

Austin from Cold Spring: When I was born, the doctors had only given me six months to live. But I defied the odds and now I’m here. My parents were barely scraping by as it was so if I didn’t have insurance, I don’t know what we would do.

Narrator: Jeff Johnson’s healthcare plan would take away insurance from 300,000 Minnesotans, drive up costs and could allow insurance companies to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions.

Austin: People with disabilities deserve affordable healthcare just like everybody else. For Jeff Johnson to treat us this way is profoundly shameful.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 24th, 2018

New Johnson TV ad asserts "Minnesota is better than this"    

Golden Valley, MN -- The Johnson for Governor campaign today released their latest ad of the 2018 campaign titled “Better.” The ad features candidate Jeff Johnson speaking directly to voters about their frustration with a government that ignores the serious challenges facing Minnesota, focuses on pampering freeway protesters and can’t even get the basics accomplished, like issuing driver’s licenses. It ends with Johnson promising “I’m going to give you your government back.”

“As the 2018 campaign for governor comes to and end, the choice is very clear for Minnesota voters,” said Johnson. “We can have four more years of the current administration with their out-of-touch attitude and inability to deliver the basics, or we can chart a new path that holds government accountable and focuses on what’s important to Minnesota families.”

The 30 second ad is scheduled to air on broadcast, cable and digital platforms this week. It can be viewed by clicking below.



FULL TRANSCRIPT:

We’ve seen massive tax hikes in Minnesota, but our roads are still a mess, our schools still say they’re broke and we pay our nursing home workers less than McDonald’s.

We pamper freeway protesters, ignore welfare fraud - and government can’t even issue license tabs.

Minnesota is better than this.

If you want more of the same, vote for the other guy.

I will hold government accountable to taxpayers again and stop wasting your money.

I’m Jeff Johnson and I’m going to give you your government back.


 
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For more information on the Johnson For Governor Campaign and to see the full announcement video, please visit: JohnsonForGovernor.org
 
The campaign can be followed on Social Media at: 
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Long Wait Times in Healthcare Will Be The New Normal Under Tim Walz's Single-Payer Plan

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October 23, 2018 


Long Wait Times in Healthcare Will Be The New Normal Under Tim Walz's Single-Payer Plan

Canadian doctor with experience in the system warns against single-payer


St. Paul, MN --  Jeff Johnson was joined at a capitol press conference today by Dr. Lee Kurisko to discuss his experience working in the Canadian single-payer healthcare system and how moving Minnesota to this model will impact access to healthcare. Dr. Kurisko warned that such a system will cause long wait times for Minnesotans seeking healthcare due to the rationing of care inevitable in a government run system.

Dr. Kurisko served as Medical Director for Diagnostic Imaging at Thunder Bay Regional Hospital and said his patients waited seven months for elective CT scans and over a year for an MRI.

“Although I used to be a supporter of Canada’s system of government health care, facing the reality of trying to deliver quality care in this system completely changed my views,” said Dr. Kurisko. “It is basic economics that a single-payer system will be overrun with demand for care resulting in long wait times and eventually rationing of care.”

“Minnesotans used to the best care in the world will not tolerate waiting over a year to get an MRI,” said Johnson, the Republican candidate for governor. “Tim Walz’s plans for healthcare sound good and feel good but they won’t work.”

Walz has repeatedly said he will bring a single-payer healthcare system to Minnesota. A complete government takeover of healthcare in Minnesota (single-payer) will force everyone off their current insurance plan, limit access, cause many families to lose their doctor and require a huge tax increase on all Minnesotans.

Jeff Johnson will bring down healthcare costs by increasing competition, giving families more choices to find a plan that fits their needs. And contrary to the deceptive ad campaign being run by Walz’s allies, everyone with a pre-existing condition will have guaranteed, affordable coverage.

Dr. Kurisko graduated from the University of Ottawa Medical School in Ottawa, Canada in 1988. He worked in Canada, both as a Primary Care Physician and as a Specialist in Diagnostic Radiology, for a total of 13 years. Since 2002, Dr. Kurisko has been working in Minnesota as a Diagnostic Radiologist with Consulting Radiologists, Ltd.

“Single-payer plans were tried and failed in California and Vermont - we should learn from those experiences,” added Johnson. “State government can’t even figure out how to issue car tabs and Tim Walz wants to trust them with our entire healthcare system.”

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The campaign can be followed on Social Media at: 
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TONIGHT: Sen. Marco Rubio to Attend Campaign Rally for Jeff Johnson & Donna Bergstrom

Monday, October 22, 2018

 

Marco Rubio Rally Open To Press; Details & Accommodations

Golden Valley, MN -- Tonight Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) will attend a campaign rally in support of Jeff Johnson and Donna Bergstrom. It is the Senator's first visit back to the state since winning Minnesota in the 2016 Presidential election.

Media risers will be on-site and pre-positioned to get clean shots of the stage and a mult-box will provided for clean audio if desired. 

DATE:      Monday, October 22

TIME:        6:00 p.m. Press may arrive to set-up
                  6:30 p.m. Doors open to general public
                  7:00 p.m. Rally begins
                  8:00 p.m. Rally ends

WHERE:   Metropolitan Ballroom 
                  5418 Wayzata Blvd
                  Golden Valley, MN 55416

The event is open to credentialed press only (no exceptions will be made): 

                Bill Walsh
                Communications Director
                Phone: (651) 373-1819
                Bill@JohnsonForGovernor.org 
 


 
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Marco Rubio Minnesota Rally

Victory Rally With Senator Marco Rubio On Monday The 22nd!

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Johnson Administration Supports Projects like the Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline

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October 18, 2018 

The Johnson Bergstrom Administration Will Support Pipeline Projects Like Enbridge Line 3 

Walz/Flanagan team more likely to attend pipeline protest than ribbon cutting

New Brighton, MN --  Minnesota Republican Candidate for Governor Jeff Johnson today reaffirmed his support for the proposed Enbridge Line 3 pipeline project saying the jobs it will create both short term and long term should be championed by Minnesota’s next governor, not protested. Last year, Tim Walz’s running mate Peggy Flanagan participated in a protest rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline Project.
 

“Minnesota’s economy needs Line 3 and our families and communities need the thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investment this project will bring to our state,” said Johnson. “Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan are more likely to attend a pipeline protest rally than a ribbon cutting. If I am elected I will make sure this gets done.”


The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved the project after an exhaustive regulatory review process, yet the State of Minnesota has not issued permits and other needed approvals to allow what would be Minnesota’s largest privately-funded construction project to move forward. The pipeline would create thousands of construction jobs as well as support Minnesota’s two oil refineries and the thousands of existing jobs that depend on having access to a safe and dependable source of oil.

 

Johnson was joined by Matt Gordon, Director of Operations for Gordon Construction, a Native American-owned construction company that will build part of the Line 3 project. Gordon, who is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation called on State Representative Peggy Flanagan, who is a citizen of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe, to specifically support Line 3 because of the jobs in tribal communities it will create for companies like Gordon Construction.

 

“Representative Flanagan and I both know how much tribal communities need good paying jobs and the economic opportunities they bring to workers and their families,” said Minnesota Republican Candidate for Lt. Governor Donna Bergstrom. “Companies like Gordon Construction have made it a priority to hire as many tribal members as possible. Line 3 represents an important opportunity to bring the jobs to our communities. This project has passed every important test and needs to keep moving forward.”

 

Gordon Construction is an American Indian-owned company that is based in Mahnomen. It has worked on Shooting Star casino, a clinic in Sisseton, S.D., and a public library in Bemidji. The company is now doing maintenance work on several Enbridge pipe yards and will work with Duluth-based United Piping to build several new pump stations when construction on Line 3 begins. Line 3 construction could help the company expand and hire many more workers from tribal communities at such an important time for Minnesota.

 

“Our family and our company understand both the importance of protecting our environment and the need to bring jobs and economic hope to our communities,” said Matt Gordon, Director of Operations for Gordon Construction. “This project does both in a way that is good for everyone. I understand that some may have different opinions about issues related to pipelines. What no one can argue with is the need to bring jobs to White Earth and other tribal communities. Line 3 will do that and now that it has been approved, we just want the chance to get to work. We need leadership to make sure it happens.”

 

Line 3 is a 34-inch diameter, 1,097-mile-long oil pipeline that runs from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin. It was built in the 1960s and put into service in 1968 with 337 miles of the line in Minnesota. Line 3 delivers a variety of crude oil based on customer demands. It is a key part of Minnesota’s energy infrastructure that provides the majority of crude oil to the Flint Hills and Marathon refineries.

 

Enbridge started the process to secure permits and approvals to replace Line 3 in 2014. It worked closely with regulators and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to complete the review and assessment process as part of its application for a certificate of need and an approval for a route. The State of Minnesota and Enbridge participated in a number of public meetings, hearings, and comment periods that led to a unanimous vote in June 2018 to approve the certificate of need. The PUC also approved the route and in August Enbridge and the Fond du Lac Band of Superior Chippewa reached an agreement to complete work to finalize the route.

 

Despite the two PUC approvals, the Minnesota Department of Commerce has yet to authorize the route, which stops the company’s ability to work with various federal, state and local government agencies to secure permits to allow construction work to begin.

 

Work to build the line is estimated to create approximately 8,600 jobs (6,500 of them local) in Minnesota over a two-year period that includes about 4,200 construction jobs, half of which are expected to be filled locally. Enbridge is paying for the entire project that will create an estimated $2 billion boost to the Minnesota economy during design and construction.

 

“The State of Minnesota moved heaven and earth to get projects like the U.S. Bank Stadium approved, even though taxpayers were left with a big part of the bill,” Johnson said. “Line 3’s construction budget is more than double the size of U.S. Bank Stadium and is privately funded. The PUC did their job. It’s time to start moving dirt and get this done. Minnesota knows my administration will make sure that will happen and the real question for voters is whether the Walz/Flanagan team will do the same. It’s a clear choice that will make a real difference for thousands of Minnesota families.”

 

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The campaign can be followed on Social Media at: 
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Jeff Johnson Endorsed by the Police Officer's Federation of Minneapolis

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October 15, 2018 


Jeff Johnson Endorsed by Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis

Opposition to sanctuary state policy and support for pay and benefits helped Johnson win support of police union


Minneapolis, MN --  Jeff Johnson announced today he received the endorsement of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis. Today’s announcement represents the first union endorsement for Johnson, the Republican candidate for governor in Minnesota. The Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis represents more than 900 law enforcement professionals.

“As a Hennepin County Commissioner, Jeff is a proven leader for law enforcement,” said Lt. Bob Kroll, President of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis. “We don’t have to guess where he stands on law and order, and Jeff has assured me he would be supportive of pay and retirement benefits for first responders, which is very important to us.”
 

“The men and women risking their lives to keep us safe need to know we have their backs and I will have their back,” said Johnson.
 

One of the reasons cited for the endorsement of Johnson was his strong stance against making sanctuary city policies. Johnson’s opponent Tim Walz supports making Minnesota a sanctuary state, where local and state law enforcement would be prohibited from cooperating with federal authorities regarding criminals here illegally.

“Jeff Johnson stands strongly against sanctuary city and sanctuary state laws and we agree with Jeff that local law enforcement needs to partner with the federal government to ensure public safety and remove the criminal element from cities, states and the country,” added Kroll.

“I won’t make Minnesota a sanctuary state,” said Johnson. “We need to empower local law enforcement to work with federal authorities to keep bad guys - not refugees, not immigrants - but bad guys off the street.”
 

The Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis represents police officers up to the rank of captain who are employed by the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Currently the Federation has more than 900 members and is the largest non-affiliated law enforcement union in the state of Minnesota.


“I’m proud to be union endorsed,” added Johnson.

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Senator Marco Rubio to Campaign in Minnesota for Jeff Johnson

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October 12, 2018 

Senator Marco Rubio to Campaign in Minnesota for Jeff Johnson

Golden Valley, MN - The Johnson for Governor campaign announced today that U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) is coming to Minnesota on October 22, 2018 to support Jeff Johnson during the critical final weeks of the campaign. Rubio is very popular in Minnesota having won the state Republican caucus in his bid for president in 2016.

“Jeff is a man of strong character who is in this race for the right reasons - to be a servant of the people,” said Senator Rubio. “Without question, his background has prepared him to lead on Day One.”


“I look forward to welcoming Senator Rubio to Minnesota as we make our final push,” said Johnson. “Minnesotans love Marco and I know his positive message and energy will resonate with voters.”
 

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The campaign can be followed on Social Media at: 
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Jeff Johnson calls on Tim Walz to give details of "single-payer" healthcare he's promised to implement

 

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Jeff Johnson calls on Tim Walz to give details of "single-payer" healthcare he's promised to implement

Golden Valley, MN -- Today Jeff Johnson is calling for Tim Walz to directly address the specifics of his plan to push Minnesota into a single-payer healthcare system as governor.

While it has been occasionally reported by media outlets that Tim Walz's position is a "Minnesota Care buy-in", that is not his position. Tim Walz has unequivocally stated he supports a Minnesota Care buy-in in the immediate future, then he will usher "single-payer" into law.

The price-tag and consequences of single-payer are staggering and Tim Walz owes Minnesotans answers to the following questions:

1) Studies and the experience of other states indicates this will cost Minnesota at least $17 billion per year. What specific taxes will be raised on Minnesotans to pay for this?

2) Will every Minnesotan lose their existing healthcare plan?

3) What does the Walz plan factor to be the final impact on the number of practicing doctors in Minnesota when they are only paid the equivalent of medicare reimbursement rates?

Facts & Sources:
Walz position:
https://www.mainstreetalliance.org/question_1_health_care

Other states who have tried to implement single-payer (and did not due to cost):
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Jeff Johnson reacts to Alliance For A Better Minnesota lying (yet again)

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September 5th, 2018
 
Jeff Johnson reacts to Alliance For A Better Minnesota lying (yet again)
 

Plymouth, MN -- Alliance For A Better Minnesota (ABM) launched a new ad falsely claiming that Jeff Johnson would end insurance coverage for Minnesotans and would no longer require that Minnesotans with pre-existing conditions be covered.  Both claims are blatant lies and are intended to cover up the fact that the DFL candidate for governor wants to eliminate private health insurance and force all Minnesotans onto one government program.

"It's pathetic this organization is so dishonest about such an important issue to Minnesotans. I've been consistently clear that Minnesota will always cover those with pre-existing conditions, just as we have for decades." said Jeff Johnson. "Unlike my opponent, though, I actually believe we should foster more competition and choice for those who pay for their own insurance to bring down the ridiculous premium hikes we've seen under MNSure."

Remarkably, ABM didn't even try to hide their dishonesty as the following text is literally from the healthcare plan on the Johnson for Governor website:


ACTION: I will advocate for reinstating a MCHA-style pool for those with pre-existing conditions, guaranteeing competitively-priced coverage for everyone in Minnesota - even those with pre-existing conditions.


http://www.johnsonforgovernor.org/actionplan_healthcare

Johnson's opponent, Tim Walz, has called for Minnesota to move to a single-payer system in which private insurance is eliminated and all Minnesotans are forced onto one government plan.

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