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GOP appears baffled by AFSCME’s Dayton endorsement

The Minnesota Republican Party — which you might expect would be giddy about Saturday’s AFSCME Council 5 endorsement of former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton because it further dissipates the overall union effect on the race — put out a release today totally trashing the DFL candidate for governor.

Minnesota GOP Chairman Tony Sutton today noted that Dayton’s gave himself failing grades for his own performance as a U.S. Senator.

“Mark Dayton was named one of Time magazine’s ‘worst senators’ in America and he even gave himself an ‘F’ for his lack of accomplishments in Washington,” Sutton said. “While that may be the kind of ‘experience’ AFSCME is looking for in the next governor of our state, I find it hard to believe Minnesotans will find much to praise in Dayton’s hard-left record of ineffectiveness and ineptitude. All the money in Dayton’s trust fund can’t change the fact that he doesn’t have what it takes to lead.”

The full text of Sutton’s statement is here.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Nancy Gertner on 10/27/2009 - 02:09 pm.

    I remember that Time magazine ranking. I found it bizarre that the ‘rationalization’ they listed for the ranking was Senator Dayton’s closing of his office when there was a terrorist threat, and advocating for a ‘Department of Peace’ because his constituents requested it.

    It appears that concern for one’s staff and responsiveness to one’s constituents are not valued by the editorial staff of Time magazine when ranking the most effective senators.

    Are Minnesotans’ values different?

    At least Senator Dayton didn’t go and eat steak and salad with the Minnesota National Guard at Camp Shelby in Mississippi on 15 March 2006 the day before AND after voting to keep corporate tax loopholes instead of increasing funding for Veterans VA Health Care by 1.5 Billion like Senator Coleman did.

    Senator Dayton did eat steak and salad with the Guard, but he also voted to close corporate tax loopholes so funding for VA Health Care could be increased. Unfortunately, Dayton’s party was in the minority at the time, and the vote failed. So the GOP Majority can be blamed for Senator Dayton’s inability to increase VA Health Care funding in 2006.

    Now, 3.5 years later, with a Democratic Majority in the Senate and House and a Democrat in the White House, the VA has funding on 2-year cycles. Disabled American Veterans hails this as the best legislations for veterans in a generation.

  2. Submitted by Colleen Morse on 10/28/2009 - 04:42 am.

    The media forgot to mention that Mark Dayton gave every senator an F, not just himself. How convenient for the media to not get the facts straight.
    Mark Dayton will make an excellent governor. He’s got the experience, he’s got the ideas, and he’s got a huge passion for Minnesota and it’s people. He’s one of the few politicians who actually cares about the people of Minnesota. He’s certainly got my vote. And looking at his Facebook page, he’s got many more as well. Mark Dayton is well liked and has supporters all over Minnesota. He’s the best candidate for governor.

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