Category Archives: 2018 Congress

Guilt by Association

The Congressional Republicans are raising hell about Joe Radinovich’s parking tickets. I hope that in this election guilt by association will be a bigger deal. After all Pete’s chief sponsor is the Commander and Chief a man strongly tempted to turn the Justice Department upside down and cancel an increasingly hot criminal investigation. Worse yet for Pete Stauber, the retired policeman, is his champion’s heinous “shithole” success in sending five innocent black kids to prison. Watch the 3 minute video with this Guardian story to see how Donald Trump does law and order.

And don’t forget this longing look for another congressional accomplice to overlook Trump’s ballooning mismanagement of the United States.

The elephant in Pete Stauber’s room

Pete told the Duluth News Tribune these wise words he picked up from Vice President Pence:

In recounting advice passed along to him from Vice President Mike Pence, he relayed the necessity of running a positive campaign.

“Don’t impugn the integrity of your opponent,” he said. “I think this country has had it with demonizing the loyal opposition and taking personal attacks. We are going to focus on the positives.”

Would that the mostly mute Vice President offer the man whose coattails he rode to the Vice Presidency the same advice – publicly:

A few samples of Donald Trump’s demonizing:

Of Arianna Huff he tweeted: .@ariannahuff is unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man- he made a good decision.

7:54 AM – 28 Aug 2012

Of Rosie O’Donnell he said:

“Rosie’s a person who’s very lucky to have her girlfriend. And she better be careful or I’ll send one of my friends over to pick up her girlfriend, why would she stay with Rosie if she had another choice?”

Of Senator McCain he said:

“He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”

Of Senator Ted Cruz’s father he told Fox News: “His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being — you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous,” Trump said Tuesday during a phone interview with Fox News. “What is this, right prior to his being shot, and nobody even brings it up. They don’t even talk about that. That was reported, and nobody talks about it.”

“I mean, what was he doing — what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting?” Trump continued. “It’s horrible.”

Of President Obama:

“An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud”

On Mexicans:

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bring crime. They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people.”

Candidate Stauber, let me share some advice from Jesus of Nazareth before you get too comfortable with President Trump:

Matthew 7:1-5 English Standard Version (ESV)
On Judging Others:

“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Some quick Welty analysis of the primary results

The NY Times is still updating Minnesota’s primary election results.

I hoped to get 10 percent of the vote in Duluth. I did better than that across the entire 8th Congressional District in places where my name means nothing. Pete Stauber was so well publicized as being Trump’s candidate that I presume that anyone voting for me didn’t much care for the Trump/Stauber connection. That’s not good for Pete even if he currently has a million dollars in the bank. He’s already beginning to soft pedal his loyalty to Trump but that too is a problem for Pete.

As for what I spent to get my 5,000 votes compared to what Pete Spent to get his 40,000 votes that’s noteworthy too. I only spent $300 to file for office ten weeks ago and bought one tank of gas traveling to Hibbing twice. (One of those trips was a mistake) So my cost per vote was about 6 cents. I’m not sure how much Pete has spent so far but I’m guessing its about $400,000. If so, his 40,000 votes cost him $10 bucks each. I like that comparison. Now that the Democrats have settled on a candidate the DFLer will not be outspent by Stauber. They will be even steven.

The more worrisome issue for Pete is the primary turnout. The combined Democratic candidates won about 16,000 more votes than the two Republicans Harry Welty and Pete Stauber. Pete can’t count on all of my anti-Trump votes swinging his direction any more than we can be sure that all the votes for the losing Democratic congressional candidates will swing to the DFL winner Joe Radinovich. However, I think the primary turnout is a harbinger of what’s to come in the General election. Even the safe Minnesota First Congressional District Republican candidates got fewer votes than the Democrats running against them. I’m beginning to smell some blood in the water.

U.S. House District 8 »
Democratic Primary……………..Republican Primary
CANDIDATE…VOTE….PCT……..CANDIDATE…VOTE….PCT.
Radinovich..26,319..43.4%……Stauber…..40,122..89.6%
Lee………16,983..28.0…….Welty…….4,6814..10.4%
Metsa……..7,633…12.6
Others…….9,680…16.0
60,615 votes, 92% reporting …44,809 votes, 92% reporting

(These figures are from 11:30 CST from 742 out of 806 precincts)

When being “anti-democrat” is being anti democratic…

…as in dictatorial:

A week ago I ordered some new eyeglasses for my trip to France. The old prescription hadn’t changed much but my lenses were a little scuffed after two years service. I got them before my visit to Israel if memory serves. (WARNING – this post includes a picture I took of a shot-dead Palestinian)

While waiting for my “about an hour” glasses I killed some time at Barnes and Noble’s where I found this discounted book:

I am a sucker for good cartooning and cartooning history. I even have one on snow sculpting and this one began with a fascinating forward by author/cartoonist Tony Husband which gave cartoonists the credit for being the canaries in a coal mine of political analysis. Hitler kept a collection of the cartoons that mocked him and a black list of the cartoonists he would deal with after taking over the world. Today’s cartoonists also have a larger than life buffoon to caricature. I tried doing him in snow. Folks who saw my old Bill Clinton On the Road video heard me say I always wanted to be a cartoonist.

Hitler Nazi’s cheated to get elected in 1933 and the darned Republican Party has adopted the old southern Democrats voter suppression laws which prevented black voters from casting votes. Its one way the Republicans have shored up their shrinking majority and they are getting help from an emerging Republican majority on the Supreme Court to enhance and support this suppression. The Court let big money into campaigns with the Citizen’s United decision. The Court ended Federal intervention in states with long histories of racist voter suppression. Time after time the Court has OK’ed state laws restricting voter access in areas of poverty and high minority residence. And now, Donald Trump is promoting some of the worst offenders, among them Secretary of State Kris Kobach in Kansas and the even more despicable Brian Kemp in Georgia.

These efforts at wounding Democracy in all the Red States are next of kin to fraud and dictatorship. The Book on German cartoonists shows early critiques of Nazi’s suppressing votes. I have always felt that an honest election is far better than a winning election. If you stand for something you should be prepared to lose while standing up for your cause. Republicans are no longer willing to take this chance even though fair and honest elections have generally kept the nation on the straight and narrow. By suppressing the majority under the guise of “the rule of law” you create dangerous bitterness and paranoia. The GOP has done a masterful job of denying the voting majority from expressing its will since the Supreme Court overruled the Florida courts ability to enforce its own elections in the 2000 Presidential election. Donald Trump is poised to further poison voter confidence in honest elections and he’ll have Pete Stauber there to back him up if he gets his way.

VOTE WELTY, a Republican for Democracy!

Gone fishin

Over the past nine weeks I’ve made my case for a return to the GOP’s better angels. It cost me $300.00 to file for office and given my antipathy for President Trump’s misanthropy it was a bargain. In a couple days the folks voting in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District will have a choice between me and one of Donald Trump’s minions, Pete Stauber. I’ve already noted Pete’s pulling back a little in the Trump department with the Duluth Tribune’s editorial endorsement in which he stressed his independence. Yeah sure. No Republican with a spark of independence has survived Trump’s scorn over the last year. They are all weak sisters and Pete Stauber is no exception.

How will I do on Tuesday? Continue reading

My Seven minutes on KBJR TV

From the KBJR Website, at last, my seven minutes (as well as Pete Stauber’s and Jason Metsa’s seven) with reporter Dan Wolfe:

DULUTH, MN –
The August Primary in Minnesota is just around the corner.

That means candidates vying for their preferred party’s nomination are hitting the campaign trail hard in the days leading up to August 14th.

Over the next three weeks we’re going to introduce you to each candidate in the 8th Congressional District race. That’s five Democrats, two Republicans, and an Independent all vying for the seat currently held by Democrat Rick Nolan, who is retiring in November.

In this week’s episode of Beyond the Headlines, Dan Wolfe sits down with Pete Stauber, Harry Welty, and Jason Metsa.

Hamilton in Chicago

A feverish little soccer player shook me awake at 2 AM this morning. After giving him ibuprofen and a cough drop he fell back asleep but I wasn’t so lucky. At 4 AM I got up and spent an hour working on my French. I caught a few z’s later in the morning on my office floor but basically need to catch up tonight because we are waking at 4AM tomorrow catch a flight to the Second City to see the musical Hamilton. The soccer player and his older brother will be on the plane with us along with their parents. We have three days in Chicago before I fly back. I wanted to put something in the blog because I may be too preoccupied with family to Keep my voters or my twelve loyal readers up to date.

The last time I went to Chicago with my wife was 2012 for another long weekend. I didn’t blog about that trip because I simply wanted to enjoy the best November weather Chicago ever experienced. I mentioned it five months later in another blog post. In two weeks I expect to return to fulltime family life having cleared my conscience about the deplorable state of National and local politics. I got off my duff and tried to do something about it. I just discovered that Loren Martell described my thinking perfectly in his latest reporting of the School Board. He did it by quoting me which, of course, I was pleased about:

The words “bullying” and “civility” are tossed about often these days, and I think too often used as a shield to deflect criticism. One of my favorite quotes from a local official on the subject is from former school board member, Harry Welty, now a Republican candidate for the eighth district congressional seat: “If I am at war with anything, it is the milquetoast moderates who believe civility is the equivalent of good government.” Mr. Welty further described civility as a “desirable virtue that is too often used as a means of discouraging honest discourse.”

I said much the same thing to the Timberjay.

About this little extravagance. My daughter and son-in-law flew to Arizona in the Spring to see Hamilton and fell in love with it. They have been playing the music ever since and my grandson’s have pretty near memorized all the songs. Its an incredibly sophisticated telling of one of the most important founding fathers Alexander Hamilton. Other than his appearance on the ten dollar bill most Americans know little of the man who built our nation’s finances.

I am thrilled that my grandsons, aged 8 and 10 are imbibing this American history. Its better than Schoolhouse Rock. While we are in the Second City we will do a little sight seeing and enjoy some balmy weather. I’ll be prepared to blog more when I return…..and if KBJR does manage to put Pete Stauber and my appearance online I’ll try to link to it.

Its almost 10PM and time for me to hit the sack and make up for this morning’s early wake up call.

A ghost of a chance

The Ely Timberjay puts Duluth’s News Trib to shame in its coverage of my campaign. It pulls no punches and lets me call the Republican Party a spade. I have no complaints. I was notified that the story is up for one day only without the paywall hiding it. Its here. Because its about me I’m not too worried about violating the Jay’s copywrite so I’m putting the full text below. Continue reading

Here’s a cheap picture to keep you reading to the end of the post.

The DNT editors endorsed the candidate that strikes me as being the toughest challenger to Pete Stauber on the DFL side today. That’s Joe Radinovich. I can’t argue with their reasoning although its likely to make the supporters of the other four DFLer’s apoplectic. Let’s hope they don’t surrender to Pete Stauber in their disgust.

I discovered that an old acquaintance of mine, Tom West, who used to edit the DNT’s former Budgeteer has offered a brief analysis of all the Minnesota Congressional campaigns for the ECM newspapers. (East Central Minnesota papers) Tom called me a “gadfly” and I gratefully agree. Tom once offered me a job writing for the Budgeteer after reading my work in the Duluth Reader. I declined out of loyalty to Duluth’s now twenty year old tabloid.

With two weeks of campaign left before August 14th’s primary I have been shifting away from a campaign intended mostly as a symbolic stab at Donald Trump clones. My original thought that I might catch lightning in a bottle has not panned out and with two weeks left that is an all but impossible hope. Even Donald needed about half a year to dismantle the GOP Presidential contenders he faced. I am not one for irrational optimism. Back in 1982 I was a campaign manager for, Marnie Luce, a pro choice republican candidate running against the very Pro-life, Jim Oberstar, for Congress. I got in dutch with Marnie’s supporters when I told a reporter that I thought Marnie regarded the campaign as a “lark.” Sometimes one doesn’t need to tread all that heavily on the obvious.

I’ve been planting trees at our church and painting the bell tower recently. I have a second coat to apply today. Then I’ve got a weekend trip to Chicago with my family to see the musical Hamilton. My Grandson’s have come close to memorizing the lyrics and that, by itself, is worthy of a post sometime after we return. My oldest readers have noticed that for the last month or two I’ve held back writing about many of my usual subjects to focus on my “campaign” for Congress. That’s been part of my attempt to attract a lightning strike. The Duluth School Board doesn’t fit well into national politics or Donald Trump’s tweets.

But sometimes I have no choice. Today’s DNT put Art Johnston on the front page again. After eight frustrating years of trying to get the School District’s Red Plan addled administration to hand over public information about the Duluth Schools the state agency in charge of public data came down on Art’s side. Superintendent Bill Gronseth has been as stingy with this public data as Donald Trump has been of his tax records. I wonder why?

For the four years I’ve been on the school board and in my subsequent year of retirement I’ve been thinking about writing a book about how America got so dysfunctional these days. Of course, that implies some kind of Trumpian golden age. Well, there has never been such a thing. Donald Trump who dissed the loser John McCain for getting captured by the Vietnamese and who said that his personal Vietnam was avoiding venereal disease in the 1970’s might like to go back to this forgotten episode of America’s Twentieth Century history. Back in these golden days America knew which sex to put behind bars and it wasn’t the one with big hands.

Meet Harry Robb Welty – candidate for Congress, Minnesota

VOTE TO RESTORE THE LEGACY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN

This is the inspiration for this logo


This video was shot at WCCO’s request.

I will keep this introductory post near the top of my blog through the primary. As the campaign hums along I’ll recommend favorite posts to give you quick access to relevant questions concerning my candidacy. First up. Why should voters take my Don Quixote-like campaign seriously and how serious am I? Start here.

ON DONATIONS
If I am elected I will have accomplished my victory with an extremely small treasury. I hope you are not one of those folks who only contribute to sure bets like Political Actions Committees do. A contribution to my campaign will be going to a plain talker the greatest possible threat to Donald Trump. And if I am elected I’ll be part of a small group of centrists who will push the Congress in sensible, non partisan directions. Admit it to yourself. A small donation to an honest candidate will make you feel good win lose or draw.










Google my name to see what pops up. I’ve been a very busy fellow for a very long time: Harry Welty Duluth School Board, Harry Welty snow sculptor or click any of the subjects on the right hand column or below this blog on your cell phone.

I created my first website in 1999 and began to blog on it before the word came into use to tell people what has happening with Duluth’s Schools. I was serving on the School Board at the time. Its an ancient old thing and I have recently lost the ability to add to it for technical reasons I’m too lazy to figure out. This blog is eleven years old. I began it in 2006 for another campaign for Congress. I once calculated that I’d already written several million words worth of opinions here. I take responsibility for every single one of them. I never raise my finger to see which way the wind is blowing.

In coming days I will write several posts on individual issues of importance where Donald Trump has his head up where the sun don’t shine and has the company of many Stauber-like congressional camp followers.

They may include:

Public Education:
Free Trade: (fifth Question down)
Trumpenomics
Holding a necrotic Republican Party hostage:
What can you expect for a Congressman Pete Stauber?
Nationalism:
Immigration/DACA:
American Scientific decline and denial:
China:
Israel:
Socialism and Socialized Medicine
Faux News
Sunshine Patriots
Impeachment
Carbon and Plastics
Copper Nickle Mining
The Supreme Court
Russia
Why it will take the rapture to end abortions
“Christians vs. the Constitution
skin melanin panic
Civil Rights
Gun Control

I LOVE TO ANSWER EMAIL QUESTIONS: I’LL POST AS MANY OF YOUR QUESTIONS AS I CAN AND PUT MY REPLIES ON THE BLOG. SEND YOUR QUESTIONS TO: harrywelty@charter.net

Bipartisan by nature

Why would I be a revelation in Congress? Because I truly took to heart Will Roger’s maxim, “I never met a man I didn’t like.”
I’ll teach Congressman that they need not detest each other just like Noah loaded the animals onto the Ark……..two by two.

Here’s an old scratchy video clip from before the Lewinsky Affair right after Bill Clinton was elected in 1992:

That was twenty-five years ago. I’ve made more snow sculptures since then.

Email from a fellow Congressional candidate angling for the 8th District seat

The “Kevin” this email is addressed to is Kevin Jacobson the News Director of KBJR TV in Duluth, Minnesota. Soren took the opportunity to send an email to most of the congressional District candidates with the reply all feature of an email sent to the 8th District candidates by KBJR’s news director. Soren Sorenson, one of the candidates, was speculating that Joe Radinovich’s, one of the leading DFL candidate for the primary election, was getting donations that might not be kosher:

Kevin, and fellow candidates,

I have a really dumb question. for everyone here…

Who are Joe Radinovich’s donors? Why is he not disclosing who contributed via ActBlue, instead of just recording the method of donation?

If you read his FEC statements it looks like there a are a large number of anonymous maxed out donors. That’s neither the letter nor the intent of campaign finance law.

Attached is a screenshot showing what I think is likely illegal, but definitely not good.

Thanks,

Soren

I checked Soren’s concerns out and also hit reply all: Continue reading

Beyond the Headlines, Steve Lindstom Cartoon

Steve Lindstrom, the Trib’s long time go to cartoonist puts Pete Stauber in the sights of Trump’s exhaust in today’s Sunday DNT. I imagine myself to be part of the debris falling from the cartoon.

And after an interview this week at KBJR TV I’ll show up with a bunch of the other candidates for seven minutes on today’s (Sunday) 10 AM program called “Beyond the Headlines.” I’ll be in church so I’ll miss it but I’ve been assured it will be put on KBJR’s website for a more leisurely review later in the week. Maybe here. I’ll check back and give my 12 (formerly 8) “loyal readers” a link when I run across it later.

Jennifer challenges my “agnosticism” on Copper Nickle mining

From: “Zenith City Weekly”
To: “Harrywelty”
Cc:
Sent: Friday July 27 2018 7:44:41PM
Subject: Response to #4 Copper-nickel mining (with two follow-up questions)

Thank you for your detailed responses to my first set of questions, Harry. I really enjoyed reading your replies! I also enjoyed reading your responses to KBJR. Continue reading