WASHINGTON — Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine is coming to Minnesota Wednesday to raise funds for and promote Mark Dayton.
DFL officials announced that the pair will hold a press conference Wednesday morning with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman to “highlight Mark Dayton’s commitment to building a strong partnership between state and local government.”
Later Wednesday, Kaine will “meet with activists and donors,” DNC spokesman Frank Benenati said. Fundraising, as it were.
It’s little surprise that Kaine would get involved in this race. For national Democrats, the Minnesota governor’s race is a top target and one of their best chances nationally to flip a red governor’s seat blue.
“The Minnesota Governor’s race is very important, and like many we are seeing across the country, this race presents the people with a stark contrast,” Benenati said. “Democrat Mark Dayton has a clear vision for Minnesota and will do the heavy lifting to help the people out of tough economic times, while Republican Tom Emmer offers nothing but political platitudes that will only take Minnesota backwards.”
The news conference will be held in Minneapolis, a significant location for more than just the logistics of being in the state’s largest media market. Dayton ran well in rural areas in the primary — especially up north — but lost the Twin Cities by a wide margin to second-place challenger Margaret Anderson Kelliher.