I'll be posting a round-up late tonight about GOTV efforts in Greater Minnesota, but one incident on the campaign trail is striking. The Rochester Post Bulletin reports in Rochester mayor jumps into partisan politics:
Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede kicked-off this morning's get-out-the-vote rally at the Olmsted County DFL Headquarters.
"As many of you know, I over the years as a nonpartisan elected officials have tried to at least publicly be private with my support (of candidates)," he told the crowd of more than 100 DFL volunteers.
But that changed this morning. Brede said he believes this is an important time and he is backing all the area DFL state lawmakers in addition to 1st District Rep. Tim Walz and gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton. He said Walz's staff calls or e-mail him every week to check what is going on and that the congressman has supported veterans and Rochester's position on rail issues.
"This is somebody we need to have back there," he said.
There's more at the PB's blog, including Brede's support for Mark Dayton for governor. Go read the whole thing.
What a positive contrast with that expressed by a Randy Demmer supportors in the video footage below that the DFL captured during the kick-off for Randy Demmer's "Heartland Values" tour. If these are the sentiments that the Demmer campaign has shared with editorial boards, it's no wonder that Congressman Walz has received the lion's share of newspaper endorsements.
The notion that Walz "corrupted young minds" as a teacher also illustrates the poverty of ideas plaguing the Demmer campaign.
I know a lot of young people who were Walz's students at Mankato West or who trained with him as their First Sergeant in the National Guard. If inspiring young people to learn, to love and serve their country is corruption, I think I'll have little to do with the "Heartland Values" Randy Demmer's supporters espouse.
Representative Walz was given the Minnesota Ethics in Education award in 2002, the 2003 Mankato Teacher of the Year award, and the 2003 Teacher of Excellence award.