Friday, September 30, 2005


Randy says he's still a Democrat

But really. Seriously. Come on.

With all due respect to Mayor Kelly's claim of DFL-hood regardless of his 2004 endorsement of Bush, the reason political parties exist is because we share certain beliefs and values about the way government should interact with society. If your beliefs deviate with those of your party and its presidential candidate so much that you go out of your way to endorse his opponent, perhaps it's time to part ways with your party.

As a point of comparison, Senator Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island did not publicly endorse GW Bush in 2004. However, he did not go so far as to endorse John Kerry. If you don't agree with your party's choice, fine. Randy Kelly, on the other hand, may have gone too far for St. Paul voters to stomach.

But wouldn't it have been funny if he had chosen to get into the governor's race......Mike Hatch would really be left out in the cold...might even need to change his middle name to something beginning with a K.

Just sayin'.

In other news, Patty Wetterling has put out a push to raise just a bit of money before the 3rd quarter reporting deadline tonight. Ideologically, I think she and Amy Klobuchar are both strong candidates, and frankly I think either one would beat Mark Kennedy in 11/06, but the contrast in their fundraising strategies could not be more clear - Amy has the support of big dollar donors in the DFL's core, and Patty has focused heavily on the grassroots, both in organizing and fundraising. The DFL primary for US Senate will be an interesting animal, for sure.

Blogger Velveeta S said:
Patty has hired a phone bank to make fundraising calls, spending a significant amount of money in the process. She didn't personally call those individuals who gave her larger contributions or helped raise money in 2004.

Small donation do not necessarily equal smart grassroots campaigning. In this case, it may indicate a weak fundraising campaign plan.

Calling one's campaign contributors and supporters from an earlier election year personally is Campaigning 101.
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