GOP Sen. Jungbauer formally announces for governor, saying God is calling him to run

State Sen. Michael Jungbauer, a Republican from East Bethel, formally announced this weekend at a game fair that he is running for governor.

The ECM chain of newspapers reports that “amid the dog yelps and shotgun thuds” of the game fair, Jungbauer told people he was running for governor — as the story puts it — “out [of] a sense God was calling him to an endeavor.”

The story quotes Jungbauer: “I believe if I’m really called by God to do this, and again it’s not necessarily called by God to be the governor, but to do the campaign, to do it right, I set the goal quite high when I would have to believe it was truly miraculous [to achieve], and I couldn’t say I did it, or they [the campaign] did it.”

The second-term senator, first elected in 2002, lists his occupation in the current legislative directory as a water resources manager.

Said the news story:

Jungbauer found a kind of verification in the blue sky he had for his announcement in Ramsey after a deluge that had vendors sweeping puddles out of their tents let up about 30 minutes before the announcement.

Prayer works, said Jungbauer, gazing up at the cloudless sky.

He said he thinks he’s in the top three of the announced Republican candidates for governor and will abide by the party endorsement. He’s for energy efficiency and wants state tax reform and has signed a no-new-taxes pledge.

The story has an opinion on the candidacy from DFL State Party Chairman Brian Melendez:

“It’s clear from his comments and his record that Sen. Jungbauer doesn’t have the drive, experience or vision to lead our state through these difficult times,” said Melendez.

“Sen. Jungbauer has consistently associated himself with a conservative circle that does not engage on the issues,” he said, adding the senator had been the subject of multiple ethics investigations.

Jungbauer has had ethics complaints filed against him stemming from the use of the Senate e-mail and improper campaign finance record keeping.

But he contends the average person finds the ethics complaints that have been filed against him more puzzling than disturbing.

Indeed, as governor he would seek to change state ethics law, said Jungbauer.

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Matt Linngren on 08/10/2009 - 11:16 am.

    “He said he thinks he’s in the top three of the announced Republican candidates for governor”

    I’ll give him that, considering the list of actual announced Republican candidates is incredibly weak… he’s still an incredible long shot, and the whole being called by God thing might help with Repubs, but not the rest of the state…

  2. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 08/10/2009 - 01:02 pm.

    What can one say about this? Some public servants have to work hard to convince us that they are worthy of our trust and support. Others are supremely confident that the Almighty has anointed them. They don’t need to prove anything to us. But golly! Even Moses had to perform some miracles (with God the sole power behind everything)!!

    What does Mr. Jungbauer propose to perform for us? Or does he intend to just dictate and be another dictator?

  3. Submitted by Howard Miller on 08/10/2009 - 05:28 pm.

    God told me that she was just kidding when she encouraged State Sen. Michael Jungbauer to run for office, raise a bunch of campaign cash.

    She mentioned that irony and satire are lost on the well-meaning Senator, and she regrets having stirred up another misguided righteouse soul to enter the political fray

  4. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 08/10/2009 - 05:41 pm.

    In my experience, the things that seem like inspirations from God: things that quite legitimately and very gently arise within our own ways of mulling things over – in our thinking, our visual imaginations, our emotional sensitivities or our intuitive sensibilities, can be easily confused with things which arise from our own unconscious, unacknowledged, unmet needs.

    Perhaps all those who claim to be called by God to run states or nations should remember that Jesus, himself, was the man who would NOT be king. [John 6:15]

    The desire to be in charge and to rule is a VERY human desire, but as history demonstrates, those who have believed they ruled by “divine right” or by “the mandate of heaven” have as often horrible, despotic, tyrants, as they have been enlightened and inspired in their reign.

    And of course the danger of believing that your own unconscious, unacknowledged, unmet needs are actually divine inspirations is that you can forget you’re human and do great evil, all the while thinking you’re incapable of error.

  5. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/11/2009 - 09:53 am.

    Funny — God told me not to trust anyone with the chutzpah to claim that they had a private line to God.

  6. Submitted by Jeremy Powers on 08/13/2009 - 11:21 am.

    I have a theory about people to whom God talks to. I figure they’re like misbehaving children. Think about it. Most of us go through life with God NOT NEEDING to tell us what to do. I figure God only talks to the errant ones.

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