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Minnesota NOW endorses Entenza, not Kelliher

In what some might consider a snub of DFLer Margaret Anderson Kelliher — the only woman who is a major candidate for governor in Minnesota — the Minnesota National Organization of Women has endorsed DFLer Matt Entenza in the race.

On its website, MN NOW states as its mission:

“taking action to bring women into the mainstream of American society NOW, exercising all privileges and responsibilities thereof, in truly equal partnership with men.”

Entenza’s running mate for Lt. Gov. is former news anchor Robyne Robinson.

A statement from Entenza’s campaign quotes Minnesota NOW President Shannon Drury:

“Like most Minnesota progressives, I’ve known Matt Entenza to be a great champion of women’s rights. In the past, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him at various events, including the very first organizational meeting for the Minnesota Constitutional Amendment for Equality (MN CAFE) Coalition.

“Recently, however, I had a chance to sit for a meeting with his running mate, Robyne Robinson. I was impressed immediately by her intelligence, her candor, and her compassion for all the citizens of this state. I’m proud that the Political Action Committee of Minnesota NOW has endorsed this dynamic team for the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor.”

Said Entenza about the endorsement:

“I am where I am today because of my mother and grandmother. Growing up without a father I know how powerfully important women are, how strong they can be and the unique challenges they face in the world.

“Right now women are still being short-changed across nearly every category. Women are paid less than men, there are women and children living under the threat of domestic abuse and nearly 1 in 3 women will have experienced a sexual assault by the time they graduate college. This is outrageous. In an Entenza administration women will not only be represented, but their causes will be championed.

“For us to reach our potential as a state, we need to make sure that everyone has equal opportunity to reach their own, and as governor Ill work to make this happen.”

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Jeff Goldenberg on 07/19/2010 - 11:11 am.

    Great news for Dayton. Twenty-two days to go and Entenza and Kelliher are battling for second. Any traction Entenza gets won’t be enough to get over the hump. Kelliher is showing nothing since her endorsement win. No matter how her team tries to spin it, this is a big time slap in the face. Get your minds around Dayton – Emmer in November everybody!

  2. Submitted by James Hamilton on 07/19/2010 - 01:10 pm.

    I can only conclude that NOW’s endorsement is based on what we’re warned against in personal investments: past performance which is no guarantee of future results. From the perspective of an independent and resident of Entenza’s former district, I can only say I’ve planted a MAK sign in my front lawn.

    As for getting ready for Dayton-Emmer in November: if that comes to pass, Horner will get my vote.

  3. Submitted by Lyn Crosby on 07/19/2010 - 01:13 pm.

    The AP report that MN NOW endorsed Entenza is correct. The statement “over Kelliher” is incorrect. I am a long-time Board member of MN NOW and the PAC, which is still in the process of considering Kelliher’s questionnaire and in the middle of an email vote on it. MN NOW, unlike many other groups, considers each candidate on her/his own merits, and can endorse (and has endorsed) more than one candidate in the race. It is unfortunate that so many media outlets are picking up the misleading and incorrect AP report. Hopefully you will all publish the correction and action on MAK when that info is also released to the media.

  4. Submitted by Lyn Crosby on 07/20/2010 - 08:17 pm.

    In an action delayed but now final, MN NOW has ALSO endorsed Margaret Anderson Kelliher. This action was pending when the committee adjourned on the 17th and was finalized on the 19th.

    From a MN NOW PAC press release: The Minnesota NOW PAC rates each candidate on her or his own merit which may result in endorsing more than one candidate in a race.

    For more info, see the press release on and feel free to contact the organization.

    In my opinion the original AP press release, picked up by many local media, was premature, was NOT announced by the MN NOW PAC Chair, and was meant to give advantage to the one candidate endorsed by the PAC at that point.

    This action, however, had one benefit to me personally: it made me decide who to vote for in the primary!!

    MinnPost’s “spin” on why the MAK endorsement happened, is not correct. As a MN NOW PAC board member, I want readers to know the facts.

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