In a statement issued after Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon says she won't seek re-election, Republican gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert suggested that the former Duluth lawmaker's decision not to run again is one of many signs that Governor Mark Dayton is conducting a "War on Rural Minnesota."
Seifert also mustered his vast rhetorical powers to tell rural voters that any rural citzen who votes for Dayton is like a friendly but abused cur:
“After understanding these consistent facts, someone in rural Minnesota who votes for Mark Dayton is like a dog fetching a stick, knowing the stick will be used to beat them,” Seifert said.
In the close 2010 gubernatorial election, Mark Dayton won Aitkin, Beltrami, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Carlton, Chippewa, Clay, Cook, Freeborn, Itasca, Kittson, Koochiching, Lac qui Parle, Lake, Mahnomen, Marshall, Mower, Nicollet, Norman, Polk, Red Lake, Rice, St. Louis (since Duluth's Solon is a "rural" person on Planet Seifert, we'll keep this one in the dog dish), Swift, Traverse and Winona County among the rural areas--not to mention those who voted in red counties.
Bluestem does not believe comparing voters to beaten dogs is a convincing strategy to capture the independents and moderate Democrats Seifert says will help him win the governor's office.
Given that his first lady is a black German Shepherd, suggesting that Mark Dayton beats puppies (or voters) somehow doesn't seem persuasive, either.
Photo: Mark Dayton with Mingo and Itasca. From Diverting dogs help Dayton decompress in ECM Newspapers. Photo by Howard Lestrud. Will Marty Seifert call voters "sheeple" next?
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