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Heather Todd Announces for MNGOP Secretary

Friday, March 28th, 2014

As most of you probably know, the current MNGOP Secretary Chris Fields has been running for the vacant Deputy Chair position. He announced this week that he is resigning on May 30th regardless of whether he wins or not, creating a vacancy in the Secretary spot allowing activists to elect his replacement at the State Central Meeting in Rochester.

I am proud to inform you that my friend, fellow grassroots activist, and CD6 Deputy Chair Heather Todd is seeking the Secretary position.

Elect Heather Todd for MNGOP Secretary at State Central Committee Meeting on Thursday, May 29th in Rochester.

http://mngop.com/2014-convention-info/

As 20 year resident of Blaine, MN, I have been involved as an activist since 2004 and interested in politics most of my adult life. I am currently the Deputy Chair of CD6 and have had the privilege to help with numerous local and congressional campaigns in recent years. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to join the Executive Team of the MNGOP to continue building the foundation necessary to get great conservative candidates elected to serve us in Washington, St Paul and locally.
The role of the MNGOP Secretary is to effectively communicate MNGOP business at the state level to you the activist, in whatever capacity you serve: To insure that you receive transparent and timely information that will help you be effective in the communities where you serve to affect change. I commit to do just this when you elect me to be the next MNGOP Secretary.

Heather Todd has been endorsed by:

Andy Aplikowski, CD6 Executive Committee
Activist Brad Biers
Kelly Fenton, Former Deputy Chair MNGOP
Representative David FitzSimmons
Activist Rachel Horn
Ramsey County Comissioner Blake Huffman
Former Senator Benjamin Kruse
Stacy Morse, CD6 Executive Committee
Representative Jim Newberger
Activist Anne Neu
Jen Niska, Former Chair, CD6
Jack Rogers, North Metro Tea Party
Representative Tim Sanders
Jim Schottmuller, Former Endorsed Candidate, CD4
Chris Tiedeman, National Committeeman
Anoka County Commissioner Robyn West
Luke Yurczyk, CD6 Chair

You can find her FB campaign page here. Go and like and share it today!

Are There Any Others? [Pause] No Seriously ARE THERE ANY OTHERS?!?!?!?!

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

I’ve been brushing up on my parliamentarian skills lately. I did co-chair my BPOU convention on Saturday. For the most part, that meant I handed off the mic to the dozens of candidates running for statewide office or their surrogates.

One of those candidates was Dennis Nguyen who is currently running unopposed for Republican endorsement for the open Secretary of State race. I had seen his campaign and activities online for months, but until last week, not in person. A good speaker and conveys a good message of campaign strength, but!?!?!?!

Beyond the stripper issue, the campaign’s terrible judgement, and incredibly bad crisis management, there are other aspects of the Nguyen campaign that should be concerning.

Nguyen sold himself to activists and the legislators who endorsed him as someone would be able to fundraise, and also self fund his campaign, yet there has been little evidence of this so far. As of the end of 2013, Nguyen raised a mere $10,000, and loaned his campaign another $20,000.

When you add that to Nguyen’s opposition to photo ID, it’s hard to see a compelling reason for Nguyen’s continued candidacy.

Read the rest of Jeff’s blog post to find out about the (shakes head) strip club issue, but it appears that some of the promises of strong campaign being made are not panning out as Dennis claims. In other words, all hat no cattle.  This could open the door for someone like Mary Kiffmeyer to jump in late which is not a suitable alternative in my opinion.

The Party of family values really can do better. Well, we should do better.

Paging Kent Kaiser.

Seifert’s Kitchensink Strategy Returning?

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

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The shelf life of Marty Seifert’s pledge to not repeat his nasty and brutal negative campaign of 2010 lasted about 24 hours. Just Tuesday he claimed on Facebook that he wouldn’t attack other Republicans in the race. (emphasis mine)

Over the next few months, you will hear from me as I seek your endorsement to defeat Mark Dayton next November. My discussion of issues will take aim at the failed policies of Mark Dayton, not other GOP candidates.

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We need a candidate with a positive and uniting message who will offer the voters of Minnesota creative solutions. One who will offer new leadership under common sense government. I want to appeal to your hopes and dreams for a better future, not your fears.

And yesterday in the St. Cloud Times the old Marty “Kitchensink” Seifert started to rear its ugly little head.

Seifert told the Times that Thompson’s campaign fundraising — he had about $50,000 in the bank heading into 2014, with about $28,000 in unpaid debt — raises the question of whether he can match better-financed rivals in a potentially costly primary.

“There’s state reps that have more money than that, and I don’t know how you’re going to take Scott Honour out in a primary,” Seifert said. “As people want their endorsed candidate to be successful, they have to look at certain things, like name ID, resources and a statewide organization. And we have all three.”

So much for that positive, issues based uniting campaign.

I have also heard from people who have had Seifert say things about the other Republicans, or making statements that he is the only one who opposes or supports an issue when its a complete falsehood. He’s a crafty and polished politician who, in my opinion, is really good at telling people what they want to hear, and sanding off the truth confidently enough to people’s faces, that they believe it.

The 2010 Seifert campaign ran one of the most disturbing and brutal whisper campaign to spread lies and misleading messages about his opponent, and frankly I don’t think he has changed his ways.

If he wants to run a campaign focusing on the failures of Dayton’s policies, then he needs to stop lying to activists that he is the only one who opposes Common Core or has produced any type of plan. Heck Farnsworth has position papers out.

I’m tired of politicians who lie. If they lie to get elected, what makes you think they won’t lie once they get elected?

RF Flashback: Sunny With A Chance Of Scattered Kitchen Sinks

Team Thompson In Strong Position To Win Endorsement

Monday, February 10th, 2014

A memo from The Dave Thompson for Governor campaign showing they are in good standing for the Republican endorsement following last week’s Caucus Straw Poll. Via: Morning Take

MEMO

TO: Interested Parties

FROM: Jon Seaton, Senior Advisor

RE: Caucus Analysis and State of Governor’s Race

Last Tuesday night, some 14,000 activists attended precinct caucuses across the state of Minnesota. Six candidates for governor appeared on the straw poll ballot.

While everyone acknowledges that straw polls are not necessarily predictive of future success, they are without question a good gauge of organizational strength and the extent to which a candidate’s message is resonating with the most active voters in our party.

In this case, the straw poll has added meaning given the fact that many of the participants have now been elected to their BPOU Conventions and will ultimately play a role in determining the Republican Party Endorsement at the State Convention in May.

Having had a few days to analyze the results, we wanted to share with you some observations:

  • ?  Three candidates (Thompson, Johnson and Farnsworth) have pledged to abide by the Republican Party endorsement. Dave Thompson was the top vote-getter amongst these candidates.
  • ?  It is unclear whether or not delegates are aware that Marty Seifert has refused to abide by their endorsement; he did so in 2010 and his change in positions has not been well publicized.
  • ?  While Marty Seifert may attempt to spin his 2nd consecutive straw poll victory as a boost to his campaign, the facts tell a somewhat different story.

o Rep. Seifert’s claim that he just entered the race for governor in November rings hollow when one considers that he has been running for governor since 2009, and was actively seeking support for a 2014 as early as July of this year.

o Rep. Seifert may wish to downplay his 2009-2010 campaign, but regularly cites polls taken comparing him to Governor Dayton, back when he was a candidate 4 years ago.

o Rep. Seifert is actually moving in the wrong direction; in 2010, he garnered over 50% of the total straw poll vote in a 7-way race. In 2014, he dropped over 20 points to 28%, despite the presence of fewer candidates on the ballot.

? Meanwhile, Dave Thompson, appearing on a statewide ballot for the first time on Tuesday night, performed well in his base areas in the 2nd Congressional District, but also showed very strong support in other delegate rich BPOUs which will send the most delegates to State Convention.

o In Wright County, the state’s largest BPOU, Dave Thompson garnered twice as many votes as his nearest competitor, winning over 34% of the straw poll ballot.

o In Carver County, Dave Thompson again won big, besting Marty Seifert by over a 4:1 margin.

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o Dave Thompson also was the top vote getter, by a wide margin, in Senate Districts 31, 35, 37 and 39.

? So while both Marty Seifert and Dave Thompson both performed well in their “home turf,” Dave Thompson has expanded his base into new areas of the state, despite having never appeared on a statewide ballot before Tuesday night.

What Does This Mean?

  • ?  Dave Thompson and Marty Seifert have emerged as the top two candidates vying for the GOP Endorsement in May.
  • ?  While Marty Seifert received more straw poll votes on Tuesday, the makeup of the electorate and the distribution of delegates tilts the board slightly in Dave Thompson’s favor.

o For example, the aggregate total of the BPOU’s carried by Dave would translate to 937 delegates at the State Convention. The aggregate total of BPOU’s carried by Rep. Seifert would translate to 774 delegates.

o Rep. Seifert’s straw poll vote victory was driven by strong performances in Greater Minnesota. For example, his 92-vote win in Lyon County would translate to 11 delegates.

o Dave Thompson carried the 31st Senate District BPOU by 119 votes. This would translate to 40 delegates at state convention.

  • ?  Furthermore, only Dave Thompson has effectively expanded his support outside of his natural base.
  • ?  Add to that the downward trajectory of Marty Seifert’s performance from 2010 to 2014, compared with Dave Thompson’s status as a first-time statewide candidate, a picture emerges that shows Dave Thompson in prime position to capture the GOP Endorsement in May.The Road Ahead
  • ?  Dave Thompson’s strategy has never wavered: organize at the precinct and BPOU level, capture the GOP Endorsement in May, and continue to build a winning campaign organization, in partnership with the RPM, to win the Republican nomination in August.
  • ?  Marty Seifert now finds himself in a similar position to where he was in 2010: with a straw poll victory but structural deficiencies that put him at a disadvantage in the larger endorsement battle.
  • ?  In 2010, sensing his weakness, Marty Seifert engaged in a nasty, divisive campaign that did horrendous damage to the eventual Republican nominee.
  • ?  A positive campaign that refrains from personal attacks and gutter politics will serve our party well as we rally around our endorsed candidate following the State Party Convention in May.

Ventura Made Me The Republican I am Today

Monday, February 10th, 2014

More wisdom and reason from Walter Hudson in his latest podcast. I really really like him.

I agree with libertarian principles, but I ask: When everyone else who does – sits on a couch, has a real job, and doesn’t hold an election certificate, what difference does it make?

Hudson even brought up Jesse Ventura in this one. A man from who I bought snake oil from in 1998, and quickly learned the mistakes of trying to unilaterally change government. You unite both parties against you. I have been working as hard as possible (and allowed) to make up for that mistake. I’ve learned that perfection is the enemy of good enough and some candidates say what they have to to get elected, but never have the intentions or ability to follow through.

If Libertarians think the Independence Party of Minnesota is the perfect vehicle to implement their ideology, just wait til the DFL sees you as a threat instead of an ally. (Yes, they are loving the little food fights they see happening on the left keeping the GOP busy in circular firing squads while they are out there working and collecting data and convincing people to vote against their best interests.

Libertarians and the Shortcut Revolution

Short cut revolution: “avoiding the hard work of convincing people our ideas are right….” The hard work of retail politics. Messing around with the rules of a political party. Electing one man as President….

I hope many of the fence sitting libertarians take Hudson’s advice to heart. The country needs the “Liberty Movement” to succeed if it is to survive. Its easy to sit back and point fingers. Its really hard to win elections. Its really hard to win enough elections in order to hold majorities able to actually enact the reforms needed to save the country.

Stop fighting against Republicans over fractional ratings differences  on special interest scorecards when there are perfectly good Marxists with 100% voting records against Liberty and Freedom just sitting there going untouched. You will be surprised that if you simply, and respectfully, show up and engage a Republican office holder, that most of them can have their minds changed if you think they are too ‘establishment’. These people are surrounded by lobbyists and bureaucrats all day and only hear from the advocates for the nanystate. Show up and lobby your elected official at their office, not political party meeting.

No one candidate or party leader is going to save the country. It takes a majority. Running a fool’s errand to have a protest vote in a 3rd party temper tantrum is only going to help the Marxists continue to divide and conquer this nation, but its going to kill the only thing viable to prevent our demise.

 

To repeat: I want the Liberty Movement’s overall goal of getting America back to our Founding vision to succeed, but I don’t want to kill the only thing capable of making that happen, and that is the Republican party. Its the only thing capable of going up against the vast powers of the Democrat Party and all its Progressive allies.

Every time volunteers and elected officials spend hours at a GOP meeting arguing of details and scorecard ratings, they are wasting time that could be used doing the hard work of retail politics that will actually change the country. Its easier to show up at a meeting and demand politicians do your bidding, write angry Facebook posts about how some Republican upset you, or fantasize that a 3rd party candidate is going approach double digits in election returns to teach the Republicans a lesson.

Its another entirely for all our work and effort to actually go towards saving the country from the Progressive Marxists who want to destroy every shred of Liberty we have left. While their may be some who call themselves Republicans, there are a heck of a lot more Democrats who want to see the America that you and I love fail. To me, that’s a far bigger problem than having a perfectly pure Republican minority caucus.

Words of Wisdom From Walter Hudson

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

This is a must listen podcast.

Why Good People Don’t Run for Office

McFadden for US Senate

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

I have been looking at the field of candidates for US Senate and decided to throw my support to Mike McFadden. I believe he gives us the best chance to defeat Al Franken.

US Senate races are not the same as Governor and Republican activists need to learn from past mistakes. You need someone who can reach out to a broad array of people and earn their trust and support. You have to not only attract the hard working activists, but you also have to be able to reach outside of Minnesota for the all important fundraising needed to run an expensive statewide campaign. McFadden’s impressive fundraising totals prove he can do that.

I’ve heard a few people I respect in Republican circles are eliminating McFadden from their list of who they will endorse because he won’t pledge to abide, and while I think that is important, they are eliminating the only person who can actually beat Franken.

Two or three other candidates in the US Senate race have pledged to abide and it does play oh so well with Delegates, but of those 3, only one, Chris Dahlberg, has released his fundraising numbers for 2013 ($103,00) and its barely enough to make it to the convention let alone beyond.

Sen. Ortman and Rep. Abeler have refused to release their fundraising totals publicly so Republican Precinct attendees can’t see how well or poorly they did. I am guessing Sen. Ortman’s decision to announce she will abide last week was an attempt to distract people away from how she is hiding what is likely – her dismal fundraising. The FEC reports will not be publicly available until February 15th, after the Precinct Caucus straw poll.

Mike McFadden has raised $1.7 million so far in his campaign. Our previous candidate didn’t come close to that in his entire campaign.

Friends and fellow Republicans, running effective US Senate races are 3 or 4 times more expensive then races for Governor. The media in Minnesota doesn’t report on what our left leaning and Progressive voting US Senators and Congressmen really do in Washington. They color the coverage to paint a rosy picture of the socialism that is plaguing this nation to aid the Democrats. We need a candidate with a campaign that can literally spread the word across the state through the airwaves and mailers. Its also going to take a huge staff and all these things require a lot of money.

Anyone who actually thinks that the eventual candidate will be able to raise $10,000,000 after the endorsement or Primary is bound to repeat the same mistakes we’ve done in election cycles before.

The McFadden campaign isn’t ignoring the endorsement like some of the Governor candidates are. He is trying to win the endorsement unlike them. But for Republicans to pose a serious threat to Al Franken, they have to be looking past May 31st.

I would not be supporting McFadden if he didn’t take the endorsement seriously.

I know some will be pointing out how I am supporting a Governor candidate who is pledging to abide (Dave Thompson), and that I am also pushing the importance of avoiding a bloody primary in the CD6 race. All I can tell you is that my decade plus involvement has shown me the complexities and importance of US Senate races. So much at stake, so much national influence, and so few chances to get it right. And when Minnesota gets it wrong, bad things happen. We can’t screw this up again.

Folks, I want Mike McFadden to win the endorsement. He is the best candidate on paper and by fundraising reports. He has the least baggage or voting record history that could alienate one portion of our base or the general voting public. He’s built a great campaign team and he is being honest.

McFadden is a great conservative candidate. He has a great life story, business experience, and the oh so critical fundraising prowess. I am not supporting McFadden simply because he can raise money, I am supporting him because he will do a great job representing me as a conservative Republican, and he has proven that he has what it takes to run a race that will defeat Al Franken.

Please join me in supporting Mike McFadden at your Precinct Caucus in the Republican Straw Poll.

Be It Resolved: 6406 Words Is Too Much

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Here is my suggested resolution to the Republican Party of Minnesota Platform. Long story short: Delete all and replace with the existing Statement of Principles. Simple, short, and still just as powerful. We got this to the State Convention in 2012, but we didn’t get it passed, instead we added 2000 more words to this document.

We need a simple and concise message.

Respectfully submitted.

Promote Economic Prosperity
We support lowering the tax burden, exercising spending restraint, and creating and maintaining a fair, honest and competitive business environment to promote economic prosperity and once again make Minnesota the economic engine of the Upper Midwest.

Preserve Civil Rights
We support defending the right to life, protecting religious, political and economic liberties, and respecting personal privacy and property to preserve civil rights and ensure that government treats all of its citizens equally under the law.

Educate our Children
We support the belief that parents are responsible for their children’s education and that parents, teachers and local school boards can make the best decisions about our children’s education.

Strengthen our Families and Communities
We recognize the blessings that God has bestowed on this great Nation. We also recognize the sanctity of human life and the central role of the traditional family in our society. We work to defend those values in order to strengthen our families and communities.

Protect Public Safety
We believe that the most fundamental function of government is to keep citizens and our property secure.

Strengthen the Rule of Law
We support limiting the power of attorneys and frivolous lawsuits, increasing the responsibility of the jury, protecting judicial elections and holding judges accountable to strengthen the rule of law and prevent abuse of our legal system.

Enjoy and Protect our Natural Resources
We believe that proper stewardship of our natural resources and agricultural lands is best achieved through sound science and adherence to constitutionally guaranteed property rights.

Make Government Smaller and Better
We support keeping government functions in state, local or private hands, electing honest and responsive legislative bodies and advocating for fair election processes to make government smaller and better.

Defend America at Home and Abroad
We believe that we can maintain peace by having a strong national defense, securing our borders and by encouraging all people to seek freedom, democracy and free enterprise. “

That clearly sums up what it means to be a Republican.

Here it is in PDF form that you can print off and submit on Tuesday.

AAARF platform resolution 2014

Random Thoughts 12/3/13

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Here’s a few quick links and some random thoughts.

  • This one is very disappointing.

    6th District candidate Krinkie avoids debates that aren’t free, public

    Disparaging the hard work of party activists and conservative groups is never a good idea or sign of strength. Despite claims to the contrary, I am not helping any one in this race. I want to see a fair endorsement where the best candidate wins. After that, its war and I feel if our battlefield is focused on a primary fight instead of voter outreach, ID, and aiming our rhetorical guns at the DFL its harming the cause. Do I have a preference  sure, maybe its colored by how the other candidates have treated me and fellow hard working volunteers over the years. You have to remember that running a bus over someone tends to leave a lasting impression. Is it influencing my duties at CD6? Nope, I’m trying to raise money and build up the organization to be a fully functioning Death Star. All I have said is that I hope rather than tear apart our own side for a race the DFL won’t even compete in this year, we should focus efforts in competitive areas or districts we have completely ignored for decades. The 6th District is the most successful CD in the state, outpacing every other district when it comes to sending Republicans to St. Paul, turnout for statewide races, and making calls into other CDs who either are not willing to or able to mount a ground game or grassroots movement to elect their own candidates. Yes I am biased due to being part of CD6 leadership, BUT I have worked side by side with people from every coalition who understand that work needs to be done while everyone else is pointing fingers. If not for the work of hundreds of CD6 activists and volunteers in 2012, Dayton and the DFL would have had larger Majorities in St. Paul. We won 31 of the 33 Legislative races touching CD6 and made GOTV calls into dozens of Legislative Districts across the state. CD6 is not the District others should be pointing fingers at, they should be emulating our success. But frankly, that means putting down the keyboard and showing up to work rather than sitting back and bitching. The 6th District is the key to winning statewide. If people from the 7 other CDs spend all their time pouring gasoline on this race to divide and conquer our army of volunteers, its going to harm the statewide candidates.

  • Not gonna lie, this one has me seriously considering my options.
    House candidate Fenton leaving state GOP postBut after you read this post, you and I will both agree, that I will never be able to stop the blog and be happy, let alone simply be the second fiddle who only plays during the chorus. But a boy can dream, can’t he? The facts I strongly believe the party needs a nuts and bolts operations person very badly. there are lots of well intentioned and capable people at HQ, but they lack experience and knowledge. The whole BPOU / CD convention window debacle is all the proof you need that stupid mistakes easily happen when no one understands why its a stupid idea. Money and fineness are better now, but the party  side of things is …. Maybe I’m wrong but we need a worker not a thinker or person looking to climb the ladder on their way to running for something else. Party first minded people. Not me first minded people are who should be considered to replace Kelly.
  • I am still shocked at the cover up of the Obamacare disaster among the laundry list of other scandals Obama has perpetrated. If this were a private company every socialist in the administration and Congress would be demanding public tarring and feathering of the people who were behind it. Nixon spied on the DNC and destroyed the tapes. For that he was demonized. Obama’s administration is spying on the American public, using the IRS to penalize right leaning groups, and he’s trampling on the Constitution like its a bag fun of spiders. How there is not serious impeachment demands being brought forth is beyond me. He is breaking his oath of office and lies on a daily basis, yet the media just …..
  • Paul Walker’s death in a fiery car crash should be used as a lesson on Hollywood and our society in general. No one thinks about their actions anymore. Walker’s main claim to fame, the Fast & Furious movie franchise, has glorified the very same behavior that caused his own death. Illegal street racing and reckless driving. Every day on the roads, I see people texting & driving, pretending they are on a nascar track weaving in and out of traffic like they will win  a cash prize if they make it home first, or just plain not paying attention on the roads. People die daily due to careless driving. Everyone is so damn selfish that they don’t really care that having a text conversation while driving could end up killing some poor family or ruin someone’s life. Nope, that conversation matters. Nope, so what if they cut you off or swerve into your lane clipping your fender, its your problem to get your car fixed. There is no sense of common decency amongst us anymore. Nope, 2 rich people who could afford to go rent out a real race track and see how fast their car can really go, end up doing it on a real street and luckily only taking their own lives. Do I enjoy watching the F&F movies, most of them. But I understand the difference between the silver screen and the real world and have to drive along side people I think believed they really could drag around a giant vault with 2 cars……
  • And lastly, ah, the Vikings Stadium ground breaking is today. The deal is done and the iron is in place to begin the work, but we still don’t really know who is paying for it or how. The public contribution to the Wilf’s new palace is a mystery and riddle wrapped in a carefully botched series of statements from Mark Dayton. I get misguided crap for “being pro-stadium”. Look, I wish billionaires would build their own damn stadiums, but they don’t and this thing was going to happen. I supported having the stadium in Arden Hills, Heck, I thought as long as the voters got to vote on the sales tax increase, I supported the Anoka County plan way back when. I saw the stadium as a way of breaking the Minneapolis mafia’s monopoly. We are a metro area with several distinct destinations and attractions, not a monolithic hub urban utopia. We are funneling billions of dollars into a failed city experimenting with neo-socialist theology while people are being gunned down in gang wars and kids are failing out of schools at the worst rate in the nation. Yet Minnesota keeps rewarding these sham politicians with billions in new trains, stadiums, municipal welfare cloaked as LGA, and bailing them out on failed policy and promise one after the other. I supported building the Stadium in Arden Hills to hurt Minneapolis and force MNDOT and other leaders to understand their is life and growing populations north of Hwy 36. The key to killing off the LRT mass transit car hating tree hugging hippie utopian unicorn dream centrally planned society is to allow growth to expand outward, not force it inward where they rip up perfectly good parking lots to build subsidized restaurants and hotels that no one wants to go to because you can’t park or will get mugged trying to get there. The stadium was going to happen. There was no way to stop it. There wasn’t. Allowing it to happen in the absolute possible place politically with the absolute worst funding was foolish and certain politicians running for statewide office will soon realize having a few high profile lobbyists on speed dial amounts to about 1% approval ratings in GOP straw polls and such. People’s careers deserve to be destroyed for forcing this thing through so hastily and with out long term vision and seizing the opportunity to use this as a way of getting left leaning urbanites to support suburban growth and expansions.

Career Politician & Fickle Republican Seifert To Announce Governor Run

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

I am no fan of Marty Seifert. Long time readers of this blog will know that. Seifert’s behavior during his 2010 endorsement campaign and invisibility in Republican party activities since then are inexcusable. But like all career politicians, its all about him, not us.

Well, he is going to be making it all about him again and announcing another run for Governor tomorrow. We’re supposed to be grateful and stop everything and just realize he invented sliced bread. Because, he is that amazing or something. And don’t forget, Democrats wouldn’t have spent $15 million to win the Governor’s race. Nope, they would have taken one look at Seifert and bowed down to his awesomeness. Delusions of grandeur!

Here is something I wrote after Seifert smeared Tom Emmer in 2010.

Its A Really Big F..ing Deal – The Seifert Smear

Who needs ABM with friends like this?