politricks

Why MN Sen. Paul Koering’s Republican Opponent Isn’t Dogging Him Over His Porn Star Date

Neither the Minnesota Republican Party nor his Republican opponent are terribly impressed with gay State Sen. Paul Koering’s date with a porn star.

Koering, who schmoozed porn performer and escort Brandon Wildle over a “flirty” dinner, is already feeling the heat. The state GOP chairman Tony Sutton attacked: “Instead of focusing his efforts on job creation and the betterment of Senate District 12, Paul Koering has demonstrated incredibly poor judgment by spending time with an escort and pornographic film star. With his campaign message of lower taxes, sensible government and economic development, Paul Gazelka is the right leader for Senate District 12, and the Republican Party of Minnesota stands united behind his candidacy.”

But is Gazelka taking the high road? “Rather than focus on this event,” he wrote supporters via email, “we will be focusing on the issues where my opponent and I are different. If you think it is important that our state legislators be committed to reign in government spending and focus on creating private-sector jobs, then I believe I am the right candidate for you.” Among the issues where they “are different”: Gay marriage.

Ah yes, the oldest trick in the book. Maintain the appearance of maturity while refusing to call off the party’s attack dogs.