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Pink-Flyer Liars Back Otten with Hit Piece on Abdallah

Last updated on 2012.11.10

We're a week out from a big election; it must be time for the lying creeps (or is it just one creep, David Astin?) of the Family Matters PAC to send out more bogus pink campaign flyers. This year, Astin fires off an attack on behalf of Tea conservative Ernie Otten against incumbent Republican Senator Gene Abdallah.

Family Matters in South Dakota PAC attack flyer against Senator Gene Abdallah
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Family Matters in South Dakota PAC attack flyer against Senator Gene Abdallah
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Otten's surrogate Astin claims Gene Abdallah is a sexual activist who wants to hand out condoms to middle-schoolers and show them how to use them. The pink flyer refers to House Bill 1217 from the 2006 Legislature, an attempt by Brandon Republican Rep. Roger Hunt and Senator Julie Bartling (whose sponsorship of this irresponsible bill ought to revoke her Democratic Party membership) to impose sexual abstinence curriculum on our K-12 schools.

Senator Gene Abdallah (R-6/Sioux Falls)
Sen. Gene Abdallah
State Senate candidate Republican Ernie Otten
Ernie Otten

Let's pause a moment: if you really want to turn kids off sex, try sending Gene in to conduct the lesson on how to use a condom. Or Ernie. Send either of these guys in front of a room of seventh graders with rubbers and bananas, and those kids will go home scarred celibate.

Senator Abdallah did not vote to hand out condoms in school. He voted to stop the Legislature from ordering schools to use a form of sex education that does not work.

Abdallah opponents have already stooped to vandalizing his campaign signs, a crime for which Otten offered tepid off-camera criticism. Let's hope Otten will show a little more class and condemn this misleading campaign literature sent to help him win the June 5 primary. Let's also hope Astin's slime tactics fail as miserably in District 6 as they did last year in Rapid City's city council race.


  1. Nick Nemec 2012.05.27

    OK, I'll admit I laughed on your proposed lesson plan to promote sexual abstinence for 7th graders.

    That said these types of postcards are intentionally misleading and absolute slime, Otten would do himself a favor to condemn this in no uncertain terms. Astroturf groups like the Family Matters PAC give all politicians a bad name, I wish there was some way to shut them down.

  2. Douglas Wiken 2012.05.27

    Another kind of pink slime compliments of Republicans going beyond just throwing mud.

  3. Ed Randazzo 2012.05.27

    And I thought you liberals were all about tolerance and free speech. If you're gonna climb in the ring you better be able to take a few punches.

  4. mike 2012.05.28

    I'm at a loss on these flyers. What a joke!

  5. Jack Anderson 2012.05.28

    Gee, I have to say it's interesting to see Cory using his blog to defend a republican (albeit one with pathetically weak voting record on gun rights and a questionable record on Pro-Life issues as well ).

    Or could it be that he's coming to ol' Gene's defense because he realizes (as do many in the GOP) that Gene is actually a democrat operative with an "R" behind his name ?

  6. Troy Jones 2012.05.28

    Gene Abdullah is and always has been a solid Republican.

    To extrapolate a vote against this bill as a promotion of giving out condoms is a distortion with the intent to deceive. By definition it is a lie.

    Liars should be condemned by all

  7. caheidelberger Post author | 2012.05.28

    Douglas, we should totally riff on the pink slime theme!

    Jack, there is no secret plan here. I'm defending honesty. The defense of Abdallah is collateral. I look forward to promoting the candidacy of the one real Democrat in the District 6 race, Dick Gors.

    Ed. defense of free speech does not entail acquiescence in the face of lies and dirty tricks. Better reread your Bible.

  8. larry kurtz 2012.05.28

    Protestant on Catholic violence: priceless....

  9. larry kurtz 2012.05.28

    and jesus said: hey, i do this just for the money.

  10. Bill Fleming 2012.05.28

    What's a 'sexual activist'. Is it bad? Should people be sexual passivists instead?

  11. larry kurtz 2012.05.28

    christians convert people to atheism at least 8 different ways: AlterNet.

  12. Barry Smith 2012.05.28

    Republicans pulling this baloney on each other.- As a democrat youv'e got to at least get a kick out of them attacking each other. I agree though that the folks who deal in these sort of distortions are the epitome of the term asshat- or should I say azzhat!

  13. Bill Fleming 2012.05.28


  14. Barry Smith 2012.05.28

    Exactly Bill - These sort of distortions at which the Uber right has become so adept at, are very ugly and sinister - recently my elderly mother was stricken ill, and I dont know how much time we spent in comforting her and convincing her that she was not going to have to go in front of an "Obama death panel". she was genuinely afraid for her life. But it is no wonder when you see the e-mails that get passed to her by her peers all of whom she honers and trusts.

  15. caheidelberger Post author | 2012.05.28

    We have to attack lies like this no matter whom the targets are, whether they hurt Dems, Barry's grandma, or Gene Abdallah.

    Bill: indeed, "sexual activist" sounds like the empty word fog of the month. I don't think Pastor Astin's son has any idea what he's saying. He just takes the big gob of morally unrestrained hate and fear in his head and spits it out in whatever semi-random combination of words comes to mind.

  16. Barry Smith 2012.05.28

    I agree with you Cory and Troy is right too - Distortions with the intent to deceive are lies. But for the Republican establishment this is a case of the chickens coming home to roost- in a Karma sense of the phrase . They have been playing with fire with this wing of their party for 3 and 1/2 years- sooner or later they were going to get burned as well.

  17. Barry Smith 2012.05.28

    Thanks Bill- Enlightening as usual. I guess the more things change the more they stay the same.

    I am just full of cliches today :-).

  18. grudznick 2012.05.28

    I would vote for Mr. Abedallah if I could, because he seems like a much nicer and fairer young man than his opponent.

  19. Donald Pay 2012.05.28

    Hmmm...My daughter loved Steve Urkel and how he was always sniffing around Laura, and never getting anything. Oh, not that Family Matters. Sorry.

  20. Steve Sibson 2012.05.29

    "To extrapolate a vote against this bill as a promotion of giving out condoms is a distortion with the intent to deceive. By definition it is a lie."

    I worked on that legislation and it is not a lie to say that proponents of sex education in schools are part of the New Age Theocrats agenda of sex worshipping. And we wonder where all these sexual predators are being trained?

    I am not suprised to see far-left Democrats defending these RINOs. You guys are a part of "one" big agenda...the moral destruction and then takeover of this country.

  21. larry kurtz 2012.05.29

    not necessarily in that new world order....

  22. caheidelberger Post author | 2012.05.29

    But the flyer didn't call Abdallah a New Age Theocrat sex worshipper. Your comment is thus irrelevant.

  23. Troy 2012.05.29


    You know better and are more honest than that.

    Is pornography being provided to students in school?
    Are condoms being provided with instructions at our middle schools?

    As Republicans, we don't support defining, regulating, and prohibiting activities until it is a problem, especially if they legislature has delegated education as a matter of local control.

    I don't recall if this legislation was in response to an effort by some to promote what I believe is an inappropriate sex education curriculum or prior to this controversy in Sioux Falls.

    But, the curriculum was killed by parental involvement.

    If this legislation was pre-emptive or reactive, do I need to remind you of the GOP plank that says education is a local matter, primarily resting with parents? We don't need the federal or state government assuming responsibility for every problem, especially when the local governments are handling it.

  24. Steve Sibson 2012.05.29

    "If this legislation was pre-emptive or reactive, do I need to remind you of the GOP plank that says education is a local matter, primarily resting with parents?"

    The legislation was put forward by informed parents as the South Dakota DOE was providing classes to teachers on how to deal with parents who disagree with the New Age sex worshipping agenda being promoted in schools with our tax dollars. So much for local control Tory. And problems...look at 40% of children born out of wedlock and the number of sexual predators and the numbers of willing vicitms. How many statutory rapes are by those who did not think they were doing anything illegal. The first thing the House chamber did to the legislation was to remove the teaching on the illegality of having under age sex. Now we have scientific research that shows under age sex causes addiction and is problematic.

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