DFL county and city officials gather at Capitol to back Mark Dayton

Showing their support for Mark Dayton today were, from left, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, St. Paul City Council Member Lee Helgen, Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.
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Showing their support for Mark Dayton today were, from left, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, St. Paul City Council Member Lee Helgen, Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.

A dozen current and former city and county officials from across the state — all but one of them DFLers — attended a Capitol news conference this morning endorsing DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton.

When a reporter asked the assembled group if anyone considered him or herself a Republican, no one raised a hand. Afterward, Oak Park Heights Mayor David Beaudet told a reporter he is “a Rockefeller Republican.”

The group, part of a longer list of 46 local government officials calling themselves “Community Leaders for Dayton” bemoaned the cuts in local and county government aids during the Pawlenty administration and predicted a similar experience under GOP candidate Tom Emmer and Independence Party candidate Tom Horner, should they be elected.

Among those at the Capitol today were Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, Fergus Falls Mayor Hal Leland and Cloquet Mayor Bruce Ahlgren.

The full list of announced supporters is here.

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