DFLers set schedule of State Fair appearances

Expanding on the Politics at the State Fair story above, DFL officials have now posted a schedule of elected officials who will appear in the party’s fair booth.

It includes former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton, who’s running for governor; two appearances by gubernatorial candidate Matt Entenza; three by former State Sen. Steve Kelley, who’s also running for governor; two each by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, who both will likely run for governor; three by House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, who’s also running for governor; one by Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner, who’s running for governor…

I see a pattern.

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Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 08/27/2009 - 10:06 am.

    There are a few names conspicuous in their absence from that list.

    When can we greet Senator Klobuchar?

    What about Senator* Franken?

    Where will our members of the US House of Representatives be receiving their constituents?

    The Metro chapter of the DFL’s Washington delegation has studiously avoided their constituents during the recess. Will we have to set up “trail cameras” to track them down at the fair?

  2. Submitted by Amanda Tempel on 08/27/2009 - 11:02 am.

    As a seated Senator, Amy Klobuchar has her own booth. That doesn’t mean she won’t stop by the DFL booth.

    Read on:


    Come visit me each year at my State Fair Office!

    * Stop by my booth at the state fair at the corner of Judson Ave. and Underwood St. and directly across the street from Empire Commons. Check out the photo gallery to see me with the many Minnesotans who stopped by during past fairs!

    Senator Klobuchar will be at the opening day of the State Fair on Thursday, August 27th. She’ll be greeting Fairgoers at the main gate in the morning and will be at her booth from 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM. Please check back as more appearances are scheduled.

    On Friday, August 28th, Senator Klobuchar will be at her booth from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM, and will be joined by Congressman Collin Peterson.

  3. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 08/27/2009 - 11:15 am.

    Thanks for that Amanda.

    Senator Klobuchar’s office was actually quite helpful just now when I called to enquire about her schedule.

    It’s also handy to have her appear with Collin Peterson, since he, like the Senator, hasn’t been meeting with constituents.

    Senator* Franken, however, evidently is just too darn busy to know when he’ll be making appearances.

    His staff can’t even say what day he might be there.

  4. Submitted by Amanda Tempel on 08/27/2009 - 11:18 am.

    As a seated Senator, Al Franken has his own booth. It’s located next Amy Klobuchar’s at the corner of Judson Ave. and Underwood St.

    Senator Franken will likely stop by many booths during the fair, including the DFL Booth, the AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion, etc. He’s been known to stop & chat in line for food too.

    Additionally: Senator Franken is being advertised as visiting AM950’s State Fair Booth on Friday, August 28th.

    AM950 says:

    Come visit Minnesota’s newest Senator at AM950’s booth. Senator Franken will be appearing and interviewed sometime during the first hour of our local shows between 5PM and 6PM.

    The AM950 Booth is located at on Randall Street (at V-16 on the State Fair Map)

  5. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 08/27/2009 - 12:57 pm.

    Thanks for the additional information, Amanda.

    Do you work for Senator* Franken?

  6. Submitted by Ann McGinn on 08/27/2009 - 05:02 pm.

    If Mr. Swift had been at the state fair this morning at 6 a.m. as I was, rather than on the computer, he could have met Sen. Franken at the Snelling Avenue entrance by the ticket booths. There were also other chances to meet him today.

    As for the * by the senator’s name, I guess it’s supposed to be cute. As Molly used to say to Fibber, “‘Taint funny, McGee.”

  7. Submitted by Tim Nelson on 08/27/2009 - 08:44 pm.

    I volunteered at the Independence party booth today from 9 to 5. I’ll be back on Monday, and the following Saturday.

    Oh I know, you’re going to pretend that you just don’t care. I know how you are…

  8. Submitted by Nancy Gertner on 08/28/2009 - 12:13 am.

    No, I don’t think Amanda works for any senator. She’s just a resourceful, informed and aware citizen with well honed communication skills.

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