Reading around in Greater Minnesota newspapers this monring, we pause a letter to the editor of the Alexandria Echo Press in favor of endorsed Republican candidate Jeff Backer, who is in a primary battle for Minnesota House District 12A against business woman Nancy Taffe, who operates Taffe Clips beauty salon in Morris.
Dick Grenell from Brandon writes in Your vote needed at primary election:
You don’t hire a dentist to cater your wedding. That’s not his forte.
You don’t hire a manicurist to change your brake pads. She never studied that.
You don’t elect a greenhorn who’s had no experience in education, government or public service. He’s not qualified to serve as a state legislator.
Jeff Backer has been mayor, school board member and EMT attendant. All those previous activities will serve him well when we elect him to serve as our state representative in District 12A. He’s not a chef or a dentist or a manicurist, but he’s well qualified to serve as our state representative. . . .
Take that, Nancy Newbee!
However, what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, and we have to wonder whether Grenell will be voting for Jim Abeler for United States Senator in the August 12 primary, since investment banker Mike McFadden has never run for office before. As McFadden notes in a news article posted to his website:
His two Republican rivals have a total of 25 years of legislative experience, but U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden, who has none, said he doesn’t feel outshined.
“I think it’s very much a positive to be an outsider,” said McFadden, 48, of Sunfish Lake.
Note: The "paid political letter" at the Echo isn't unusual, but rather follows the newspaper's policy for LTEs supporting candidates near elections.
Photo: Jeff Backer, one experienced politician.
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