Bluestem isn't able to quite put our tiny rural finger on it, but this passage in Tom Coombe's story in the Ely Echo, During annual stop in Ely, legislators look toward ’17, doesn't give us comfort:
“I have a decent relationship with the (House) speaker, and the incoming majority leader is a Virginia Blue Devil,” said Bakk. “Paul Gazelka grew up in Britt.”
Bakk said the very first thing Gazelka told him after the election was “Tom, remember I am an Iron Ranger.”
Oh. And there's this:
Bakk predicted a potentially long 2017 session, with Dayton’s “lame duck” status posing another obstacle.
“Lame duck governors are pretty hard to deal with because they’re not accountable to anyone,” he said.
Nice to know that Bakk thinks the governor, rather than Republicans, are the obstacle. That should win frienda and influence delegate if Bakk decides to run for governor again.
Photo: Once-upon-a-time Minnesota state senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, and soon-to-be Majority Leader Paul Gazelka share a moment during the last night of the 2015 session. Photo by Jennifer Simonson, Minnesota Public Radio.
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