« Home | Fight Club » | Memorial Day » | Turning His Back » | Stadium Disappointments » | 3-0 » | New Minnesota? » | Bread and Butter » | Pawlenty Saved by the Courts » | Wetterling » | Dynasty » 

Thursday, June 01, 2006 

Gubernatorial Hits

Lots of movement in the DFL gubernatorial race over the past couple of days.

Lourey's pick of ex-Viking Tim Baylor: This seems like a good pick, though it's nothing extraordinary. By picking a metro-area male moderate, Lourey has followed the established rule of picking her exact opposite as her running mate. That said, I'm impressed by the choice. It has garnered a fair amount of media attention, and people seem to be intrigued by the fact that Baylor is indeed a former Vikings player. That Baylor is African-American may help her in Rochester and in the primary, adding to the shrewdness of the pick. His decidedly unimpressive political credentials shouldn't be too much of a downside; Lourey makes up for it with her experience, and it's unlikely that his lack of a substantive political past will matter much. To make up for his short political résumé, he does have a solid business career. Overall, the choice of Baylor as a running mate will probably not matter much, but insofar as it does it will probably be a plus.

Kelley's pick of Rep. Ruth Johnson (St. Peter)
: This is also a good pick, and Kelley has also followed the opposite rule. Johnson has lots of experience in the House as well as previous experience as an LG candidate with Mike Freeman in 1998. While Johnson will be a good candidate, she may not be able to help where Kelley needs it the most; she will probably not move things around much for Kelley at the convention, as she comes from an area without unusual political clout and does not wield unusual influence herself. Even so, Johnson is respected and her campaign experience will be helpful.

Hatch's pick of ?: As MNCR says, it's an important question whether Hatch will announce an LG candidate before the DFL convention next Friday. If he does, look for the pick to be a moderate, outstate woman. Hatch hasn't seemed to be particularly interested in winning the endorsement, but he may not think he has to show interest to do. Assuming he doesn't drop out. What's the deal, Mike?

Gov. Pawlenty's re-election announcement: Nothing much to see here. Tim's running for re-election, with Carol Molnau. Will he serve a full term, if re-elected? He says yes, but we have no reason to trust him. More than likely, he will do everything he possibly can to secure the VP nomination in 2008. His ambitions are well-known, and he has a record of breaking campaign pledges. This should be a campaign issue for the eventual DFL nominee.

Technorati Tags:

I guess I'm a little suprised at Kelley's pick. I have tremendous respect for Ruth Johnson and would have liked her to run for Hottinger's seat, but running for LtGov again seems so "been there, done that". I would have thought he would've tried to pick up someone from Northern MN, like Eken, or a Ranger or Duluthian.

As for Baylor, pretty interesting. I think this is a much better pick than when Becky chose Joel Kramer in 2002. At least this one has the possibility of changing how delegates vote. Having someone untested in the political arena does make me nervous, however. And it would've been interesting if Becky had chosen a woman, like Kiscaden. Ah well. C'est la vie.

What's up with Hatch? His campaign is calling delegates and alternates, as well as sending out snail mail and email to us.

Like the other campaigns.

As the perceived front-runner, he's in the catbird seat as far as his LG pick goes.

Kelley pick--other than geography, not much different than him. Johnson's strength is education.

Lourey pick--good choice. While no electoral experience, has served on boards and commissions, strong public speaker.

What, no LINK?! I am inSULTED, sir!

Not really.

Post a Comment

Links to this post

Create a Link

Contact NSP