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GOP Rep. Jason Lewis Filmed Himself Canvassing Voters … Outside His District

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An incumbent Republican congressman mocked his Democratic opponent as “manufactured” in a campaign video released Monday. But the video, which shows the congressman acting like he’s canvassing voters in a suburban Minnesota neighborhood, doesn’t appear to have been filmed in the congressman’s actual district.

Instead, Rep. Jason Lewis (R-MN) apparently filmed it in the wealthy suburban neighborhood he calls home, one district north of the area he represents in Congress.

Lewis’ campaign video, called “A manufactured Craig vs. an honest Lewis,” shows Lewis holding what looks to be campaign material and walking away from the front door of an upscale home, as if he had just spoken to a voter in his district about his reelection campaign. He waves to someone off-camera.

Addressing his online audience, Lewis mocks his Democratic opponent, Angie Craig, for one of her campaign ads. “Anybody can put on a flannel shirt and pretend to be something they’re not,” Lewis says, adding at the end of the video: “While she’s still at the bar, I’ll stay out here being honest with voters.”

But, according to TPM’s analysis, Lewis couldn’t have been talking to his own voters in the video: Instead, it looks like he was filming in Woodbury, the wealthy suburb in which he lives, north of the district he represents in Washington, D.C.

“He was walking out of the house, and it had a house number on it,” Deneen Hinrichs, a Lewis constituent who’s voting for Craig, told TPM over the phone Monday. “It was kind of hard to see, but I paused the video, took a picture of it, and zoomed in.”

“The place that I found came up and it looked exactly like the house he was coming out of,” Hinrichs said.

Greg Hansen, an electrician who has volunteered for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party in Minnesota for years, told TPM over the phone Monday that when he saw the video, “I just thought to myself, the irony of an attack on authenticity when you’re door-knocking in your own neighborhood, which is in Rep. [Betty] McCollum’s district, is kind of funny to me.”

“Once somebody matched up the house in the video to an address, we realized that this was just the house right around the corner from his,” Hansen added.

Lewis’ campaign did not respond to TPM’s request for comment. FacebookTwitter and YouTube commenters mocked the video’s location almost as soon as it went up.

Compare the screenshots from Lewis’ video, below…

…to a screenshot from Google Maps of the same house in Woodbury. It’s miles north of Lewis’ district.

Compare Lewis’ video of the neighboring house, left, to Google Maps, right:

The homes across the street look pretty similar as well:

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jefron
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Campaigning in McMansion Hell
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Stats: West Bank construction rate rockets

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צילום: AFP
Fresh statistics released by the Central Bureau of Statistics show that in the second quarter of 2018, construction began on 794 housing units, compared to 279 in the first quarter.
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Trumpviles
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"Daily Commuting"

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This piece is about how a Russian Sovereign Wealth fund is investing lots of money in Elon's dream, but for my own personal interests this paragraph jumped out at me.

The Hyperloop transportation system, as Musk designed it, is supposed to make daily commuting easier—an alternative to a high-speed rail that had been proposed in California. The plan? A scene out of The Jetsons: Put people in pods and use compressed air to shoot them through a tube at supersonic speed so they can make their morning meetings. Musk envisioned people commuting from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes. “Is there truly a new mode of transport—a fifth mode after planes, trains, cars and boats?” Musk asked in a 57-page white paper describing the notion.

Look even if this thing works as envisioned, and is built, and manages to cover its costs, it will still not be good for daily commuting. The "last mile" problem is often overstated because a mile isn't very far, but a "hyperloop station," wherever it is, is more like an airport, in that there's going to be precisely one of them. It isn't a network, it's a line. Also it's going to be like an airport in that it will inevitably have airport like, or close to it, security. Sure if the stop is in the basement of my building I could use it to commute from LA to San Francisco, if the other stop was, you know, in the basement of my office, but otherwise...

I mean by this logic I can "commute" from Philadelphia to Boston because those flights are about 50 minutes (if all goes well), but I gotta get to and from the airports, so, uh, no.
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The Weirdest Thing

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I don't care if people think John McCain was good or bad. The absurd thing was all the "Democrats" who wished he was one. Theater, not policy. Did you see his voting record? You people devoted your life to covering politics and you didn't care at all for the outcome. You just liked the show.
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100%. Also this describes the Republicans who McCain gave cover to by pretending to act like a Democrat...
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Rep. Duncan Hunter Throws His Wife Under The Bus, Says She Handled Finances

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Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), who along with his wife has been charged with and pleaded not guilty to allegations of illegally using campaign funds and attempting to conceal the misuse in federal records, put the blame squarely on his wife’s shoulders Thursday.

“I’m saying when I went to Iraq in 2003 the first time I gave her power of attorney and she handled my finances throughout my entire military career and that continued on when I got to Congress since I’m gone five days and home for two,” he said to Fox News’ Martha McCallum. “She was also the campaign manager. So whatever she did, that will be looked at, too, I’m sure. But I didn’t do it.”

He went on to assert that the charges come from politically-motivated Democrats in the Department of Justice trying to sink his reelection effort.

Throughout the interview, Hunter also called his reelection challenger, Ammar Campa-Najjar, a democratic socialist.

Hunter ended his talking points maintaining his assurance that despite the looming legal peril, he will win back his seat.

Watch below:

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jefron
87 days ago
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Party of personal responsibility
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Equations

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All electromagnetic equations: The same as all fluid dynamics equations, but with the 8 and 23 replaced with the permittivity and permeability of free space, respectively.
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satadru
87 days ago
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Sudden bout of panic-driven flashbacks to engineering & physics classes...
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jefron
90 days ago
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No lies detected
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alt_text_at_your_service
94 days ago
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All electromagnetic equations: The same as all fluid dynamics equations, but with the 8 and 23 replaced with the permittivity and permeability of free space, respectively.
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94 days ago
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All electromagnetic equations: The same as all fluid dynamics equations, but with the 8 and 23 replaced with the permittivity and permeability of free space, respectively.
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