A governor needs to be a leader and not just a policy maker. That is why I believe Margaret Anderson Kelliher is best suited to lead Minnesota for the next four years.
Kelliher has already earned the DFL endorsement for governor. However, she must defeat a stiff primary challenge from within the DFL party on Tuesday, August 10.
Why Margaret Anderson Kelliher?
Kelliher is well rounded. She is originally from rural Minnesota, but now lives in Minneapolis, which provides her an understanding of big city and small town issues alike. She is the current Minnesota Speaker of the House. In comparison to the other candidates, she has also proven to be more of a consensus builder than a rigid idealist. Minnesota’s problems are complex, and they require someone knowledgeable about the diverse needs of our state.
Kelliher is a self-made woman. Unlike her challengers, she is not a millionaire. She can understand the challenges of average Minnesotans because she is one of us. Her challengers are using their own funds to finance their campaigns.
Mark Dayton has tapped into his family fortune to run yet again for another office. Note, Mark Dayton finally won a Senate seat in 2000, had a limited list of accomplishments, and then quit after just one term. I believe he quit because he could not have won re-election in 2006. What is Dayton’s number one plan for Minnesota? Raise taxes. An old-school tax-and-spend liberal is not the answer. When all is said and done come general election time, a vote for Dayton in August is a vote for Emmer in November. Dayton will be an easy target for the Republicans. After the dust settles, only a few independents over the age of sixty will be willing to vote for him.
Matt Entenza is using the money his wife received when she left UnitedHealth Group a few years ago. It is a little hard to take this campaign seriously. No matter how much I might like Robyn Robinson from Fox 9 News, I find it a bit of a stretch that she is his running mate for Lieutenant Governor. I agree with him on many of the issues, but his campaign feels as uncomfortable in its slickness as a John Edwards rally. Enough said.
Despite some early polls, rest assured that Margaret Anderson Kelliher is the best Democratic option this state has had in more than 20 years. Her economic policy is a bit more centrist. In fact, her running mate, John Gunyou, is regarded as one of Minnesota’s top budget experts. She is consistently progressive on social issues. She is likable and being Minnesota’s first major female gubernatorial candidate for office could prove to be a long-term, strategic advantage. I will be voting for Margaret Anderson Kelliher on August 10.
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