Memo to Mark Dayton: make time for the Albert Lea Tribune editorial board.
In one of the more lacerating and entertaining editorials this year, the Tribune opined: “No one deserves endorsing for gov.”
The Tribune built Dayton up only to cut him down:
In rural Minnesota, cities, counties and schools struggle with cuts to state aid. It would seem that if people favor keeping Albert Lea with a staffed fire department (not a volunteer one), then Dayton is your candidate.
However, Dayton after the primary election has stayed in much of the metropolitan areas of Minnesota. We even had a difficult time getting him to come to Albert Lea to meet this Editorial Board. This isn’t the kind of candidate who understands Greater Minnesota and issues about attracting companies to disadvantaged places. If a campaign is an example of an administration, we wonder about his leadership skills.
Tom Horner and Tom Emmer don’t fare much better.
The Tribune becomes only the second state paper (besides the Mesabi Daily News), to jump off the Independence Party bandwagon: “Minnesota these next four years doesn’t need another third-party candidate as its chief executive battling against a Legislature without any Independence Party legislators. Frankly, the Independence Party needs more grass-roots candidates winning to gain voter trust at higher levels.”
Emmer, well, he’d let your house burn down: “Minnesota has had eight years with a Republican in the governor’s mansion and the no-new-taxes mantra has resulted in increased property taxes and cuts to roads, law enforcement, courts, schools and many essential services. There must be smarter ways to reduce government waste. Cut fat, maybe even some muscle, but not bone. If you want a volunteer fire department in Albert Lea, vote for Emmer.”
In 2008, the Tribune endorsed Norm Coleman.
[Hat tip: Dave Aeikens]