Sen. Norm Coleman has responded to my inquiry concerning Darfur, Sudan. Thanks, Sen. Coleman. (For the record, Erik Paulsen refuses to articulate any position concerning Darfur.)
Ashwin Madia issued a spot-on, skillful hit on Erik Paulsen, slamming Paulsen for sidestepping the Iraq issue. Madia notes that Paulsen's website doesn't mention Iraq. (This remains the case today.)
A frequent commenter on this blog wrote recently to Ashwin Madia, seeking redress for various statements I've published on this site. I found this quite odd; while I admire Ashwin Madia, I have no official position on the Madia campaign and have tried hard to be fair to all candidates; I don't in any way answer to Ashwin Madia for my statements on this site. So I expected Team Madia to reply to Twice Blessed, though Team Madia's actual response was a bit surprising:
Thank you for your interest in the campaign and our apologies for the delayed answer in the future please call the office for a more rapid response. Gavin Sullivan is in no way connected to our campaign. As a blogger he has the right to raise questions of candidates running for public office but that by no means constitutes an endorsement of his tactics. If you look into some of his previous entries during the DFL endorsement race you will notice that he was no less aggressive with the Madia campaign.
The exchange is interesting--as it's an example of what happens when a rock-ribbed Erik Paulsen-supporting Republican directs a contentious (indeed, batshit crazy) question to Team Madia: They get a polite, forthright, substantive response.