It’s hard to say that about politicians nowadays but I do trust Dave Thompson and Michelle Benson. I’ve known them both since before they were politicians and am proud to say that they are still the same people even though they now hold election certificates. Power didn’t go to their heads and they haven’t fallen prey to the ‘pandering to win’ tendency that most Republicans do.
Before this blog I was a talk show junkie and would listen to them all, but Dave was my favorite. I remember listening to Dave on the old – good – AM 1500 talk station where he conveyed the very same conservative principles that I held dear no matter the party affiliation. Believe it or not he and I had a few battles on email about the merits of the Iraq war. He wasn’t sold on the idea. He railed on politicians of both parties for betraying the trust of the people that they will consider the Constitution as the governing document of the country. Some say that is a negative, I say that proves he is a real conservative.
Dave Thompson is honest. When you hear him propose a policy or debate on an issue, he’s not doing to sway some particular portion of the Republican base for the current race at hand, he’s doing it because he actually believes it. He is a consistent conservative not a windsock Republican. His long time radio listeners will know that. Its easy to send out a cookie cutter post card or champion some obscure rule change, its another to make a living putting your livelihood on the line being an unapologetic conservative no matter the consequences.
But Dave didn’t stick to radio. 1500 underwent a format change and he was cast back into the private sector. He took a stab at running for Republican Party Chair, a campaign I also supported, but lost. The man he lost to was the very same one who ran our party into the $2 million of debt and darkness. How’d that work out for us?
But then his local BPOU drafted him to run for office. Uh oh I thought, was my Dave going to go to St. Paul and end up corrupted by the system? Turns out no. While he did vote with leadership on some ugly votes, he was fighting behind the scenes to avoid those votes being bad in the first place. He didn’t agree, but the old saying of “we either hang separately or hang together” comes to mind. Republicans screwed up our time in the majority, but that wasn’t Dave Thompson’s doing.
Before the 2011 and 2012 session where we had the House and Senate, I knew a Dave that railed against Governor Pawlenty and Majority House Republicans who were increasing spending and passing billion dollar
budgets bonding bills. A few of Dave’s current opponents in the GOP Governor’s race were voting however Pawlenty wanted. Do your research folks. Voting records, donations to radical environmentalists, and activism. There is a clear choice for who best represents you.
I trust Dave. I know the real Dave and that his vision for Minnesota Government should be is spot on with mine. I trust him to do the right thing and lead us out of this socialist – sorry – Progressive agenda the DFL has us on. He will fight the good fight and lead with honest principles and straight talk not platitudes to win favor with Minnesotans, not one coalition or another or cheap scorecard points to further his career.
I was 100% with Dave Thompson before his pick of Michelle Benson as his Lieutenant Governor, but now I am 200% on board.
But who is Michelle Benson. I was honored to have her as my State Senator for 2 years before redistricting. She is the hardest working politician who maintains a solid family and friendships like she isn’t being pulled in a thousand directions like most politicians. She researches everything and doesn’t cast votes or make decisions with out all the facts. She works hard and works in her sleep.
Team Thompson may be the most qualified ticket to ever run for office in Minnesota. What they aren’t well versed on, they research before they make a decision or take some other (R)publican’s opinion on. What they believe in, they will fight tooth and nail for, and what is failed policy, they will try to derail and improve for the benefit of all of Minnesota.
I ask you all to take a serious look at all the candidate’s for Governor. A true an honest look at the a careers, records, and what they have done and accomplished with their time in the spotlight and most importantly when out of it. Some have used one office or position to run for the next. Some come around only when a seat comes open or it suits their needs, not ours. Some are saying one thing today despite in contradicting their previous views and votes. Some are clearly politicians who will work for the highest bidder.
Some in this race don’t respect you and I who attend Caucus and volunteer for BPOUs and MNGOP call centers do and care about or what makes us do all this – seriously. They think their high paid strategists and glitzy insider and 5 figure only donor tactics is all we need to do to win or care about. Like we should just surrender our Constitutional Government because a few rich guys from Minnetonka are tired of social issues or that the Vikings are threatening to leave, or if we don’t move that highway for Best Buy, their gone….. etc.
They think the problem with this party, and why we have been losing these last few years is people like you and I and what we believe in. That somehow people who stand for the convictions and principles that this country was founded on is what’s wrong with this party. Not for me.
There is a movement to kill not just our endorsement but also the grassroots. Lobbyists, high level strategists who get 5 figure a month salaries, and career politicians who care more about winning than our principles are working against us all.
Dave Thompson is the only candidate for Governor that I actually trust not to let me down. Not to pander. Not to avoid fight the good fight. I can’t honestly say that I trust any other Republican running to be Governor and actually do what they are saying they will do. And some aren’t actually saying what they will do – just what you want to hear – or are saying they will do what they will do what you want to hear even though that isn’t possible.
Dave Thompson isn’t going to make promises he can’t keep unlike some running against him. He’ll work to reduce the effects of the radical left wing socialist policies until a time we can actually repeal and replace with true free market ones. Some in this race and pandering by saying to scrap certain laws knowing full well that its impossible given a DFL Senate Majority for another 3 years or an Obama veto pen in the White House. Repeal it, scrap that, fire this director… gains applause and headlines, but doesn’t solve the problems created by Democrats in the first place, and in most, makes life and business for Minnesotan worse.
Don’t ever listen to what a candidate says on stage at a convention, in a lit piece, or crafted video. Look at their records, their life’s work, their records, and their contributions to the party while not in office. I’m willing to state that I believe that Dave Thompson brings more to the table on that basis than any other candidate, and for true conservatives, that should matter most.
Dave and Michelle came to public office begrudgingly. Dave was drafted to run for the Senate and Michelle did so because the sitting Republican was at best absentee and unreliable on votes. Local BPOUs trusted them to represent them and they did well by them.
We as a statewide party would be wise to take that to heart. I know Dave and I trust him. I know Michelle and I trust her. We can trust Dave and Michelle.