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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Democrat Gaertner drops out of Minn. gov's race

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Anonymous Tribune said...

By BRIANA BIERSCHBACH , Associated Press

Last update: April 26, 2010 - 3:47 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Prosecutor Susan Gaertner left the Minnesota governor's race Monday, saying she didn't want to be "a spoiler" in Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher's quest to become the first woman to win the job.

The coast isn't clear, though. Former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton and former state Rep. Matt Entenza continue to seek the Democratic nomination in the August primary.

Gaertner, the Ramsey County attorney, declined to endorse any of the candidates, but she said Minnesota has never come closer to electing a female governor. Kelliher became the first woman to win major-party endorsement for the state's highest office when the Democratic Party backed her campaign in Duluth on Saturday.

"This is the closest Minnesota has yet to come to electing a female governor," Gaertner said at a Capitol news conference. "That would be history-making."

Even so, political scientist Dan Hofrenning of St. Olaf College said Gaertner's exit doesn't transform the race because she had been fairly low profile. With three big names left and traditionally low voter turnout in primaries, any one could claim victory with a relatively small share of the vote.

"There's a lot of wild cards in the air," Hofrenning said.

Gaertner's announcement came as prominent Democrats lined up behind Kelliher to kick off a flyover "unity tour" of the state to pivot her toward the primary election.

The state's two U.S. senators, Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, gave their support to Kelliher as she started her statewide tour at the Bloomington office of a solar panel manufacturer. U.S. Reps.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous story conclusion said...

Keith Ellison, Betty McCollum and Tim Walz, as well as Kelliher's former endorsement rivals state Sen. John Marty, state Rep. Paul Thissen and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, also joined her and called for a unified front to take the governor's office this fall.

"People want someone who will stand up, tell the truth and build partnerships," Kelliher said during a Minnesota Public Radio show on Monday. "I bring people together and that's the kind of governor Minnesota needs."

Kelliher used the visit to the solar company, tenKsolar, as a way to highlight her campaign message of "jobs, prosperity and opportunity." She said the Minnesota-focused company will be able to export its products to Europe by this summer.

The troupe of Democrats also planned stops at a Rochester wind turbine training facility, the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato and Minnesota State University in Moorhead.

At the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party convention, Rybak called on Dayton, Entenza and Gaertner to drop out of the race and throw their weight behind Kelliher.
But Entenza said that working toward the primary from the start strengthens his chances.
"There's a reason it's been 40 years since an endorsed candidate won," he said on MPR.
His campaign is airing the first television ad of the governor's race, spending about $140,000 this week alone.

Dayton said putting the decision to voters in a primary election instead of letting party delegates decide is the "Democratic way."
"In a democracy, the people decide," he said on MPR. "I don't know why anyone would be afraid of an election."

Kelliher said she plans to remain Minnesota House speaker "for now," though she didn't rule out stepping aside before the Legislature concludes its session in about three weeks.
She was missing action at the Capitol on Monday to campaign.

Associated Press Writer Martiga Lohn contributed to this report.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Real scary thought Susan Gaertner was considering a run at the governors seat with her track record of unethical practices.

Now if we could just get rid of the rest of the folks like Gaertner Minnesota would be a better place.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good riddance!!

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Blogging Bob.
This is what we call justice, we knew she would drop out.
The fight has just began with the DFL.
Bill Dahn on the IP for Governor

6:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets see, on the republican side you got one legislator who's been on the taxpayers dime his whole life. He never did anything in the private sector or work for himself. Also, he's the same guy that tried o pass a law banning desserts in prison, and Bill this is for you, immediate medical attention. Real sweetheart that one.

And, the other republican is a lawyer who made his bones by defending insurance companies against paying out claims. That's right, you pay your premiums on time, get into an accident and become injured, he's the attorney that comes in to either find a reason not to pay you, or try to settle for less than the claim would allow. Of course if you can afford an attorney to fight for the claim which is rightfully yours but, guys like Emmer figure our who can get an attorney and find it worth it and who is willing to just go along.

Both of these guys supported legislation that would have a guy like Bill Dahn dying out on the street.

Thank goodness for Democrats who support legislation that don't make it a crime to be poor.


Eric

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob are you deleting emails about Pub East and the Moonshine...?

You got sponsors yelling at you?

JMONTOMEPPOF

Chuck Repke

1:27 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

I saved the Pub East topic as a draft en light of information you posted Chuck, I feel responsible to investigate the issue further before I comment on it.

I should have looked into the story before I posted it. I am busy. I work a job, volunteer services and keep this blog up and running with current news and information. Like any responsible news venue I retracted the story. I wouldn't want to give someone hell who doesn't have it coming.

And NO CHUCK, Montpetit and Flaherty are no friends of mine.

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuckin Bitch is so pre-occupied with gender how the hell can she focus on the real issues !!

12:56 AM  

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