Who is Alex Gores?
From today’s Star Tribune Morning Hotdish email:
Free hotel room for Seifert fishing opener
Political watchers scoffed when GOP gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert announced his own fishing opener outing this year to rival the governor’s annual fishing season kickoff. Traditionally, political reporters steer clear of the governor’s fishing opener extravaganza. But Seifert’s campaign is offering some unusual bait to get journalists to Thumper Pond Resort in Otter Tail County: a free hotel room and reception Friday night. “We know it’s a long drive,” said Seifert spokesman Andy Post. (Most political reporters would not accept free lodging from a campaign.) – Baird Helgeson
I’m guessing that Republican Delegates are not lining up to go fish with a candidate who isn’t going to respect their decision on the endorsement on the fishing opener.
From Blois Olson’s Morning Take.
THURSDAYTAKE: While the focus of Minnesota politics is wrapping up the legislative session, behind the scenes GOP candidates for Senate and Governor are feverishly working to prepare for the May 30th state convention in Rochester. In the gubernatorial race, the overly crowded GOP field presents the potential for very divisive and expensive August primary. Sen. Dave Thompson and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson have the edge for the endorsement, and with so many candidates there is a potential for “no endorsement” however that could be worse for Republicans chances against Dayton. Winning crowded primaries is exhausting, it wears out the volunteers, it takes time to re-unite the party and it drains the checkbook. While Marty Siefert starts TV ads tomorrow, and Rep. Kurt Zellers and businessman Scott Honour look for running mates, incumbent Gov. Mark Dayton raises money and has a long summer of ads and organizing to prepare for whoever his GOP opponent will be. Dayton and the DFL are savoring this as an unexpected treat that will keep them focused on touting Dayton’s record rather than responding to a Republican opponent until August.
The strategy of Seifert, Zellers, and Honour of going to the Primary is the number one thing that will aid Dayton’s reelection chances.
Selfishly pushing off the focus on Dayton and the DFL’s record of failure and incompetence until mid August and instead trying to inflate their own egos is exactly the type of thing Democrats need to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
The key to Republicans winning statewide is focusing voters’ attention on the DFL’s record and radical agenda, not allowing them to see a messy food fight between Republicans. The arrogance of some Republican candidates thus far to mislead and distort fellow Republicans’ records to gain an upper hand is going to spill over into a Primary contest and alienate critical swing voters from considering it a two party race.
My hope is that the Republicans assemble in Rochester and endorse a candidate so overwhelmingly that anyone selfish enough to run in the Primary is ignored sees their supporters abandon them because the real opponent is Dayton and his legions of leftwing political special interests and deep pocketed Progressives who are trying to destroy this state.
Go Team Thompson!
Julianne Ortman is waging a firebrand conservative campaign for the US Senate. She’s constantly claiming the high ground on conservative issue after issue, but her record doesn’t always back up her new found “principles” if you ask me.
Take our 2nd Amendment rights for instance, she claims to be the champion of gun rights, but she doesn’t own guns and refuses to even allow them in her home. Its hard to take her 2A bonafides seriously if she doesn’t walk the walk.
The US Senate is taking up the President’s $10.10 minimum wage hike today. Where does Julianne Ortman stand not he issue?
Q: What is your opinion on an increase in the minimum wage?
Ortman: Increasing the minimum wage will translate into fewer entry level positions and hours, and also higher costs. The increased costs of doing business get passed along to consumers and/or labor. There are better ways to encourage investment, stable hiring, and job growth.
She’s against raising the minimum wage because it would increase the cost of doing business.
Out of no where, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty waded back into the political fray and gave his opinion on the Minimum wage debate taking police.
“If you’re going to talk the talk about being for the middle class and the working person, if we have the minimum wage, it should be reasonably adjusted from time to time,” said Pawlenty, now the CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable, a bank lobbying firm.
[Source: MinnPost Apr 30, 2014]
Many of you will remember that Pawlenty signed a Minimum Wage increase into law when he was Governor in 2005. Conveniently, Julianne Ortman was a State Senator in 2005 and voted on the increase.
Given her staunch conservative stance in 2014, surely State Senator Ortman voted against the minimum wage increase…..
Senate floor vote
May 3, 2005 (SF3)
Workers who make the minimum wage are in line for a $1 an hour raise in August, following a Minnesota Senate vote that affirmed a compromise approved by the House and supported by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. The measure passed the Senate 44-22.
Julianne E. Ortman Republican 34 FOR
[Source: MPR Vote Tracker]
Ortman’s 2014 campaign sounds great. She is making herself sound like a conservative champion who will go into the trenches and fight liberalism with her last dying breath, but her record doesn’t back up her new found principles.
Her career rating from the Minnesota Legislative Evaluation Association is only 70%.
Here career rating from the Taxpoayer’s League of Minnesota is only 86%.
Does the 2014 US Senate campaign of Julianne Ortman sound like that of a rock solid conservative? Yes.
Does the record of State Senator Julianne Ortman look like that of a rock solid conservative champion? Nope.
Friends, be careful not to let a candidate tell you what you want to hear, deeds speak louder then words.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a must listen podcast.