July 23rd, 2010

New Tilley Hat

Target and Tom Emmer

Minnesota Republicans have selected Tom Emmer to run for Governor. He is a terrible choice, a teabagger in all but name. This is a guy so out of it that he blames out economic woes on waiters who make more than $100,000 a year.

And Tom Emmer is the person Target gave $150,000 in cash and in-kind goods and services. to via a PAC. He is against everything Target has worked hard to build. So I'm not going to shop there, until Target wakes up or until the governor's race is over. (If Emmer wins, I may never see the inside of a Target again.)

But I wanted to give them a chance. This afternoon, I called Target at 612-304-6073. I didn't press any of the options so got an operator who transferred me to a Special Group (I forget exactly what she called it) who transferred me to Joan at Target Guest Relations. We had a nice talk. Mainly, I politely vented and she tried to defend Target's support of "Democrats and Republicans" and pointed to their Company website. Which is not particularly helpful.

I didn't believe her. In 1976, Target Corporation was one of the founders of the 5% Club, which became the4 Minnesota Keystone Program. Back when liberal Republican and centrist Democrats were in power, Minnesota businesses were recognized when they gave 5% of their pre-tax earnings to the community. After years of Republican and Independence Party "leadership", companies pat themselves on the back for 2%.

Target, or any business, should not support Tom Emmer.
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To summarize: Tom Emmer = Bad.

Target = Dumb business for supporting a bad candidate.

Shopping = somewhere else.