The Minnesota Republican Party disputes Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s moderate Democratic credentials in a website unveiled Wednesday.
A GOP opponent has not yet emerged to challenge the Minnesota Democrat in 2012, but the site, AmyFacts.com, is getting a head start on chipping away at her record.
Under the tag line, “Talks like a moderate. Votes like a Franken,” the website attempts to connect Klobuchar to her more liberal Minnesota colleague, Sen. Al Franken. The tactic is reminiscent of sites launched during the 2010 midterm elections that tied moderate Democrats to President Barack Obama and other national Democratic leaders.
The website criticizes Klobuchar’s votes to pass the health care overhaul and the $787 billion economic stimulus bill, as well as her vote in the Environment and Public Works Committee to approve a climate change bill that included a cap-and-trade provision. Franken also voted in favor of the health care overhaul, but he did not vote on the other two pieces of legislation. He was not yet a Senator at the time of the economic stimulus vote, and the cap-and-trade bill only received a vote in the committee, of which Franken is not a member.
Mark Drake, a spokesman for the state party, told Roll Call in an e-mail that Klobuchar and Franken are not as different as they may seem.
“Al Franken remains a uniquely divisive figure in Minnesota and Klobuchar campaigned strongly on his behalf,” he wrote. “While Klobuchar talks like a moderate and is personally less abrasive than Franken, she is always siding with him on the big issues like the stimulus and ObamaCare.”
Though a number of Minnesota Republicans have been named as potential Klobuchar opponents in 2012, no one has made any formal moves toward the race. A survey taken in early December by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling found that Republican voters would prefer Rep. Michele Bachmann as their nominee, but she has talked about running for president.
That poll found Klobuchar had an approval rating of 59 percent and a disapproval rating of 29 percent among voters in both parties, while Franken had an approval rating of 45 percent and a disapproval rating of 42 percent.
Klobuchar’s office declined to comment for this article.