Watching Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton collapse Monday night during his State of the State address was frightening, though the quick responses those around him--and assistance he received from doctor Senators Scott Jensen and Matt Klein, as well as EMTs and state representatives Jeff Backer and Jim Newberger--was heartening.
Like most Minnesotans, we're happy he's at home with his family resting. The St. Paul Pioneer Press's David Montgomery reports in Mark Dayton recovering after collapsing during his State of the State address:
Shortly before his collapse, Dayton paused again and drank from a bottle of water before collapsing onto the dais.
There were audible gasps from the assembled crowd of lawmakers and officials, many of whom appeared shaken in the aftermath. . . .
Dayton staffers said that the governor hit his head as he collapsed, according to reports. The governor slurred his words before he crumpled and, in a video, the sound of a conk is clear as are the instructions from a calm voice to “Get him to the ground. Get him to the ground, please.”
House Speaker Kurt Daudt said the governor was “up and about in the back room.”
“The governor is in our thoughts and prayers,” said Daudt, R-Crown. “I hope for a quick recovery.”
“When things like this happen … we’re really all here just praying for the governor,” said Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa. “We’re all one Minnesota in things like this. We care for each other. That’s our whole focus right now, period, is praying for our governor.”
While that's the decent, Minnesota-Nice and Minnesota-Prepared reaction, the comments on tough-talking state representative Tony Cornish's friends-only Facebook page were another thing altogether.
That drew a series of remarkable comments, finally prompting Cornish to comment:
Although Cornish has created a free-for-all atmosphere for discourse on his closed-to-the-public Facebook wall, this thread of comments were a bit much even for the tough-talking former lawman.
Here's the conversation that prompted Cornish to delete the post and comments:
Good for him, though one has to wonder how Cornish attracted such charming friends.
Photos: Screengrabs forwarded to Bluestem by a sharp-eyed reader.