New DFL leaders Bakk and Thissen vow to be fair — and tough

The DFL’s new legislative leaders — Sen. Tom Bakk of Cook and Rep. Paul Thissen of Minneapolis — say that their suddenly minority caucuses will be fair but tough in the next session starting in January.

The two leaders — who offer geographical balance, as Doug Grow points out — met with reporters today and said they’ll try to work with the Republican majority in solving the budget crisis, but they predict it will be combative.

Pat Doyle of the Strib says Bakk told reporters: “We’re going to have some very stark differences. We’re going to drive a very tough bargain.”

Bakk and Thissen said they expect Mark Dayton to be governor when the recount process is over.

Thissen said the Republicans are now responsible for legislating, but the new minority will be vocal in pointing out the consequences of their actions.

Thissen and Bakk said they’ve already developed a good working relationship, which isn’t surprising because Bakk supported Thissen for governor at the April DFL convention in Duluth.

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