Kurt Bills is going to lose. To frame his US Senate campaign in terms of an airplane taking off, Mister Hand keeps smashing Mister Bills’ model airplane. Nate Silver of the NYTime’s 538 blog believes his opponent, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, has a 100% chance of winning.
So what does campaign manager Mike Osskopp do to rescue Mister Bills’ hopeless campaign? Create an ad based around a highly questionable conspiracy theory invented by a convicted swindler.
Osskopp and Mister Bills have dredged up a conspiracy theory involving disgraced businessman Tom Petters. They claim then Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar passed on prosecuting Petters.
“I’m running the ad to make the case. There are allegations against Sen. Klobuchar. If true, they are pretty serious,” said Mike Osskopp, Bills’ campaign manager.
Osskopp said the campaign is running the ad because it wants the media to investigate the story.
Osskopp has no proof that this really happened. But he’s not letting that get in the way. He’s hoping “the media” will investigate, aka, breathe some life into Mister Bills’ campaign.
What’s also interesting is Osskopp and Mister Bills sole source: Richard Hettler. Hettler’s conspiracy theory has been running on right wing blogs lately.
Who is Richard Hettler?
Hettler was prosecuted by the Hennepin County Attorney’s office for theft by swindle while he was the trustee of his deceased brother’s estate and for felony failure to pay child support. The theft charges were filed in April 1998. Klobuchar won election as Hennepin County Attorney in November 1998 and took office in January of 1999. In February 1999, Hettler plead guilty, and was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison. In April 1999, in a Star Tribune article about her first 100 days in office, Klobuchar singled out Hettler’s prosecution as “send[ing] the message to the community” about her tough stance on child support payments.