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DFL Veterans Caucus backs Rybak in gov’s race

For those keeping track, R.T. Rybak’s gubernatorial campaign announced this morning that the Minneapolis mayor has been endorsed by the DFL Veterans Caucus.

The campaign calls the DFL Veterans Caucus “one of the largest and most active of the Minnesota DFL Party’s constituency caucuses, serves as a voice for veterans in the political process, advises the party and candidates on veterans’ issues and advocates for veterans and their families.”

DFL Veterans Caucus Chair Trista Matascastillo is quoted:

“As Mayor of Minneapolis, Rybak oversees the city’s Police Force and the Fire Department. Immediately after being elected Mayor in 2001, Rybak received intensive training for emergency response, expertise that he used when responding to the collapse of the I-35 Bridge in August 2007. Rybak has the experience and executive leadership to deploy the National Guard effectively.”

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Lance Olson on 12/15/2009 - 02:36 pm.

    I find it very odd that so many candidates so early in the process are being endorsed by groups!

    Can we wait to see who all the candidates are? Are these endorsements defacto affirmation that said candidate will push, lobby and vote for that group’s entire agenda?

    This is no way to run a state, folks. No wonder spending gets so out of control. Let’s pass a law — no endorsements until after the primary! At least June 1!

  2. Submitted by Nancy Gertner on 12/15/2009 - 03:35 pm.

    Doing endorsements AFTER a primary is pointless, since they are attempts to influence the party endorsement process. The DFL Convention in 2010, which MAY endorse a candidate, is scheduled for the last weekend in April, so that is why groups are working early so their endorsements have time to be meaningful.

    As a member of the DFL Veterans Caucus, I will say that the endorsement does NOT mean that the endorsed candidate will push, lobby, and vote for that group’s ‘entire agenda.’ The caucus does not have a published ‘agenda,’ and a governor does not (typically!) vote or lobby. The governor signs the bills that are passed by the legislature, or vetoes them. The governor works on budgets and legislative priorities. And hopefully, the governor works WITH the legislature to enact laws needed by the citizens of the state.

    I believe that candidates have until 15 July to officially declare, or at least I think that was the date in years past. But a candidate that waits until 15 July 2010 to formally register with the Secretary of State will be way behind in getting name recognition statewide.

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