‘Draft Ciresi’ site debuts; GOP chortles

There’s a new website urging former U.S. Senate candidate Mike Ciresi to get back into the race. “Draft Ciresi!” Its authors declaim influence from the once-and-perhaps-future candidate, and list themselves only as “Moderate Thinker,” “Dump Coleman” and “DFL Activist Anonymous.”

How do Republicans feel about this? Great! — at least according to Minnesota Democrats Exposed, which bannered the news this morning.

Still, plenty of MDE commentators see GOP fingerprints on the site. Given the murky identities, there’s no clear evidence, of course — save perhaps that the new site shares an exclamation point with the Republican clearinghouse “Blogs for Norm!

“Draft Ciresi!” asks the “DFL base” to get Al Franken’s “dirt out NOW” so primary voters can “pick a candidate who can beat Norm in the fall.”

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Mark Gisleson on 06/12/2008 - 03:36 pm.

    I just spoke with a former Ciresi for Senate staffer today. The purpose of the call was to see if I knew anything about this site. I don’t, and I believed them when they said they had no idea who was behind it.

    I do hope Mike Ciresi jumps back into the race. The worst thing about the DFL has always been their toxic endorsement process that rewards candidates for ignoring the voters and spending too much time with hard core DFL activists and delegates. An endorsement process is profoundly anti-democratic. This is the kind of choice that should be made in an open primary where all Minnesotans get to have their say.

    I don’t think Al Franken OR Norm Coleman would be the first choice of many Minnesotans, many of whom would love to have another choice. I’ll vote for Franken in November, but not in September.

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