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How valuable is State Fair politicking?

WCCO-TV’s Esme Murphy did an interview with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar Sunday about the value of State Fair politicking for political candidates.

The senator thinks it’s valuable because it brings constituents and politicians face-to-face, in a less-intimidating environment than the walls of power in St. Paul or Washington.

Said Klobuchar:

“People actually come up to you and tell you what’s on their mind. They may not send an email, they may not call your office or write a letter. They may not have the time. But if they’re just walking by and they see you here, they actually will talk to you about an issue, something that’s wrong in their lives, something that they think they have a problem with on a national level. think it’s the best place to really meet people.”

The story also raises the interesting question: Can Sen. Al Franken thank fairgoers for his 312-vote victory in the lengthy 2008 recount?

There’s no answer, but it makes a good ending to the story.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 08/28/2012 - 08:13 am.

    Can Sen. Al Franken thank fairgoers

    for his 312-vote victory in the lengthy 2008 recount? No, but if he happens to run into Mark Ritchie he can thank him. But I’m sure he already has.

  2. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 08/28/2012 - 10:29 am.

    As I related elsewhere on Minnpost

    My son and I were treated to the spectacle of several young, heavily tattooed women putting on an “R rated” show at the “Vote no” booth yesterday.

    Judging from the reaction of my fellow passers-by, I’d say they were making an extremely effective statement, although I aver they probably wouldn’t endorse the conclusions being reached.

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