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5th District Opponents Debate Jobs Report

Keith Ellison and Chris Fields also took to YouTube to make their case to voters.

The end of last month brought a dismal jobs report that showed only 69,000 new jobs had been added, causing the unemployment rate to tick up to 8.2 percent.

On his campaign website, challenger Chris Fields argued that the unemployment is driven by policies like those Ellison supports.

Job growth is at pathetic levels.  Americans are out of work.  Things are especially bad in the Fifth District, where we have the largest unemployment between blacks and whites in the entire country.

And what is Keith Ellison’s jobs plan?  More government regulation.

Yes, you read that right – Keith Ellison believes that government should create jobs by forcing more burdensome regulations on our businesses. That way, the businesses will have to hire legions of new employees to figure out how to comply with the new regulations.

Around here we call that plan “keith-o-nomics”, since it is the kind of plan that could only be dreamt up by a career politician like Keith Ellison.

Friends, you know like I do that government doesn’t create jobs. Our businesses are already drowning in regulations. In order to get our economy back on track we need the government to get out of the way!

But Ellison noted in a news release that public sector job cuts offset bigger private sector job growth:

The latest dismal unemployment report proves that government has more than just a cheerleading role in creating a vibrant economy.  We’ve seen two years of private sector growth and the American people need to see more.  But state and local governments are actually contributing to the jobs crisis.  The public sector lost 13,000 jobs in May.  We’re in a slow recovery that started in June 2009 but the public sector doesn’t seem to realize it and has cut 600,000 jobs since then.  This includes more than 250,000 workers in public education. This public sector shrinkage cannot sustain an economy and shows again that austerity does not create prosperity. 

Government has a role to play by producing jobs and stoking the economy. 

Fields is taking Ellison’s communications director to task for dismissing the challenger’s candidacy. Fields’ campaign posted audio on YouTube of Matt Roznowski saying the following at the Loring Pasta bar May 3:

He’s not on anyone’s radar. He’s not a serious challenger. And you know, he’ll get 20 percent. But this is a very Democratic district, so it’s a pretty safe seat for Keith.

Said Fields: “Keith Ellison has already raised over a million dollars for this race.  How much money does it take to defeat a challenger who is "not serious?" 

Ellison has also taken to YouTube. The incumbent ran a video of what he called “Minnesota Week” that highlighted his visits around the district. The video is modeled after the White House’s “West Wing Week.”

(Both Fields' and Ellison's videos can be viewed above.)

James Warden June 04, 2012 at 06:04 PM
We will definitely be keeping tabs on the race!
David F June 05, 2012 at 02:15 PM
There is certainly the power of the incumbant in almost all political races. It is unfortunate running for politcal office, especially Congress, has become more about fund raising than governing.
Chris Steller June 05, 2012 at 08:02 PM
David F, that's what I like about checking in with the candidates every week. It's a chance to see what they're saying and doing besides (or maybe alongside) the fundraising. Are you anti-incumbent in this race?
Dennis Holman June 12, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Rep. Keith Ellison (D - MN), once again, demonstrates his FAILURE to even attempt to understand and apply in Congress sound economic principles. Understandably, Chris Fields has coined the term "keith-o-nomics" for the basis upon which Ellison bemoans the shedding of a few thousand superfluous public sector jobs (yes, including some in education ... does anyone really think that public education is NOT already bloated?!) while he ignores the loss of MILLIONS of jobs that results directly from the failed policies of the Obamadministration which Ellison supports to the detriment of his constituents.
Mike McLean June 12, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I remember hearing Keith state that more regulation is good and will increase jobs. His rational was that with more regulation, companies would be forced to hire more people to be sure that they are compliant. Didn't mention that this does nothing for more productivity by the company... But Keith also stated awhile back that for every $1 of unemployment benefits paid out, we received $1.38 in return. I asked him then why not pay everyone unemployment. Still waiting for his response.

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