Friday, September 16, 2005


Another fund-raising letter?

[Insert sound of semi-partisan grumbling here][Read down a few posts for the partisan part :)]

DFL Governor and Republican Minnesota have reports of Mike Hatch's new fundraising letter, this time referring directly to the gubernatorial race. This, in combination with his comments at a DFL event last night, add to the confusion around his role in this race.

At a DFL fundraiser Thursday night, Mr. Hatch made it quite clear he intended to get into the race, but that he would make an announcement "in a month or two." The fundraising letter mentioned by DFLG and RM makes it sound like he's asking for a certain level of support before he makes a decision...This doesn't make sense.

Don't get me wrong, I have a lot of respect for the things Mike Hatch has done, and he has very good people working for him, both in the AG's office and on his political committee. But why is an announcement of what most DFLers expect so much to ask? The goal is to unseat Pawlenty. That is, by far, the most important thing to us as politically engaged individuals and as a party. Not giving DFLers a fair choice just delays their being able to make an educated decision on the best candidate to face Pawlenty next year.

Blogger Northern Debater said:
I spoke with Hatch over the labor day weekend. Hatch IS running, but he's staying low key to raise money and not have to spend as much letting Kelley over extend himself majorly before hatch even has to enter the race.
Blogger MN Campaign Report said:
Best of luck to him on that waiting-for-Kelley-to-overextend-himself thing. Ain't gonna happen.
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