Unless you're Rod Hamilton (R-Mountain Lake), willing to build up a granary of talking points for the Agri-Growth Council, it's rough being a member of the Override Six, those mostly now-former Republican Minnesota House members who helped pass a gas tax increase in 2008.
Thus, it's not surprising to see Republican operative Andy Brehm, who served as press secretary for Senator Norm Coleman from May 2003 to June 2005, rip aspiring Republican US Senate candidate and Override Six member Jim Abeler in the AP report published in the Albert Lea Tribune, Anoka Republican wades into Senate race:
. . . Andy Brehm, a Republican strategist not aligned with any campaign, said having competition for the GOP nomination will make the party’s candidate stronger. But Brehm has trouble seeing a viable route for Abeler.
“This is a longshot candidate for sure,” Brehm said. “People are hungry for independent but they’re not hungry for inconsistency. Voting for taxes before is going to be a nonstarter.” . . .
At the Pioneer Press, Doug Belden reports in Anoka Republican Jim Abeler wades into Senate race:
. . .He caught heat from within his party in 2008 when he broke ranks and helped DFLers override then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto of a gas tax increase.
Abeler handily won re-election that year, anyway. In 2010, he was one of a handful of GOP legislative candidates endorsed by the Education Minnesota teachers union. . . .
So if members of the Override Six in Anoka County don't end up remaining in the Minnesota House with dreams of serving in the United States Senate, where do they end up?
Photo: The Override Six, via MinnPost's 2008 article by G.R. Anderson, The 'override six': Chastised by GOP leaders, they're feeling confident about re-election.
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