Margaret Anderson Kelliher concedes DFL primary election

Margaret Anderson Kelliher just conceded the DFL gubernatorial primary. Here is her statement.

“I just spoke with Mark Dayton and congratulated him on winning the DFL primary.  I offered him my full support. He will make an excellent governor.

“I am so grateful for all of the hard work of our volunteers and supporters over the last twelve months. This was a people-powered, grassroots campaign and we should all be proud of what we achieved together.

“In Minnesota we value every person’s voice and count every person’s vote. And that’s what happened this election. 

“Today we will come together as DFLers. We will unite behind Mark Dayton, and beat Tom Emmer in November.”

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Ginny Martin on 08/11/2010 - 12:02 pm.

    I am so sorry Margaret lost. She had an amazingly effective, low-budget campaign an I think she managed a great campaign. I think she knows how to work with–and against when necessary–people of all stripes and spots and colors. One big reason I’m disappointed is the loss of John Gunyou. He would have been a fantastic, lieutenant governor with his deep and wide knowledge of Minnesota economics and budgets and I see him as almost non-partisan.

  2. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 08/11/2010 - 03:25 pm.

    I liked Margaret better than the others myself, but the more important task lies ahead. It’s not just in terms of the election, which I certainly hope produces a Democratic Governor, but centers on the very difficult task of governing during a period of economic contraction that this state probably hasn’t seen in decades – we’re billions of dollars in the hole, and neither cuts nor tax increases will be able to make up the difference separately. It’s going to take both, and it’s going to be painful for a lot of people.

    This is where I hope Dayton will not allow John Gunyou to fade into the woodwork. Working our way out of the lunacy of tax cuts as the solution to every problem is going to require not just patience, but skill, knowledge, and persuasive abilities that the current occupant just doesn’t have.

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