Thursday, September 08, 2005

 

MN-GOV: Dean Johnson?

[Disclaimer: I'm working for an already-announced Gubernatorial candidate]

DL-online
: Dean Johnson considering a run for Governor?

This seems to be a huge risk for Mr. Johnson. Once the DFL takes back the corner office AND the house, DJ will be in a fantastic position as Senate Majority leader to really push a great Democratic agenda for the good of the state. Giving that up for a chance to face Pawlenty strikes me as overly ambitious, especially considering that there are already multiple qualified DFLers in the race.

Plus, Johnson almost definitely would be the shortest guy in the race. I'm just sayin'.

In all seriousness, comments on Johnson or the race are more than welcome from both of you readers out there.

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Blogger nk2134 said:
Multiple qualified candidates? I don't know about that. First of all, who? Steve and Bud? I would say one qualified (Steve) and none competitive. I like Steve a lot but just don't think he connects and is certainly not inspiring. Hatch is not yet officially "in." Even if he was, he's certainly not inspiring nor is he qualified in the opinion of A LOT of DFLers. And he stands little chance of beating TPaw. No one in the race so far stands much of a chance of beating tpaw. It will take personality to do that. It will take someone that connects easily. That person is Dean. Dean is a rural, minister, brigadier general, folksy, personable, likeable leader. If you know anything about the Senate DFL caucus you know that he has been the only thing holding it together, despite what Republicans wish. Sure he took his lumps at the end of this session but 11/'06 is a long ways off. People won't remember when he is charming them come next September. Winning elections is all about the strength of the candidate and Dean has "it." Steve Kelley, while he might be nice, just doesn't have it. He's incredibly smart and "feel goody" but he's just not a gubernatorial candidate. DEJ is '06!
 
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Blogger MN Campaign Report said:
Define "competitive" for me, if you will. Right now, most of the state isn't paying attention, it's about recruiting delegates, going after the endorsement, and getting the party behind a candidate (at least for Steve, since he's going to abide by the endorsement).....so what does "competitive" mean at this piont?
 
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Blogger nk2134 said:
By competitive I mean able to beat Pawlenty.
 
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Blogger MN Campaign Report said:
In terms of the general election, it's still INCREDIBLY early right now. If competitive means "able to beat Pawlenty", I would hold off on using that description until at least July, so we can see how much momentum the party endorsement provides.
 
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Blogger nk2134 said:
I don't really think I need to hold off. I know enough about Steve to know that he just doesn't have enough of the "x factor" to overcome being seen as a twin cities liberal. And that image cannot win statewide. Momentum from an endorsement or anything else can only carry someone so far, it takes a special candidate to get over the top, especially against an incredible pol like TPaw. I just don't think Steve has it. If he gets the endorsement and gets past a primary, I hope I'm wrong. Instead of saying we shouldn't even talk about it, I would think you would try to defend the guy you're working for. You must be there for a reason. And what's the point of a political blog if not for this kind of discussion?
 
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Blogger Northern Debater said:
I think Pawlenty is already very beatable and getting more so all the time.

I like Dean and I think he would have been an amazing candidate had he either a) run right after session or b) been able to prevent a special session.

As it is right now he's a low man on the pole for winning.

As for Steve- He's a good man, I like him a lot but honestly he has no shot, the one who's going to do it is very clearly going to be Hatch.
And I think Hatch can do it. He's got strong support and will have a pretty strong campaign position to come out on-- so long as the investigations by republicans don't put him on the losing side...
 
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Blogger MN Campaign Report said:
With all due respect to the AG, strong support from whom? I've spoken to a lot of Dems around the state who simply don't trust him. If dyed-in-the-wool DFLers don't trust him as a candidate, how can we expect him to attract moderate republicans and independents???
 
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Blogger MN Campaign Report said:
NK, you're absolutely right. I'm not trying to stifle the discussion on his qualities, but I really think "electable" is a flexible term until moderates and independents start paying attention. "Electable" is what we perceive people other than ourselves to be looking for in a candidate, and this early in the game that's impossible to divine.
 
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