Maureen Reed sent a letter to supporters today questioning whether Tarryl Clark can be elected in the Sixth Congressional District. Reed is piggybacking on Republican attacks in recent days over Clark’s deciding vote in favor of a Senate proposal to raise the state’s top income tax bracket from 7.85 to 9.1 percent.
The pair of Democrats are vying to take on two-term incumbent Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and will square off in an Aug. 10 primary. Clark is the DFL-endorsed candidate. Here’s part of Reed’s missive:
“In a conservative leaning district, we cannot beat Michele Bachmann with another partisan politician. Unfortunately, Tarryl Clark’s work as a state senate assistant majority leader has given Michele Bachmann and the Minnesota Republican Party fuel to fire their partisan rhetoric and name calling.
“In fact, months before the election, Bachmann has already attacked Sen. Clark as a ‘tax and spend liberal.’ Today, the Star Tribune reported that Republicans have dubbed Sen. Clark ‘Taxin’ Tarryl.’ On the other extreme, Tarryl Clark once referred to Michele Bachmann as a ‘devil in a blue dress.’ The name calling is just more politics as usual. This needs to change.”