Dayton v. Kennedy

Returning Senator Mark Dayton to the Ranks of the Idle Rich in 2006

1/21/2005

First Ring On "Gilly"

From the anecdote file:

DvK had the privilege of hearing then-State Representative Gil Gutknecht speak on behalf of Jack Kemp in late 1987 (man, I'm getting old) at a small Minnesota liberal arts college. Gutknecht found himself preaching to the converted that evening but was still generous with his time. Unfortunately Gutknecht, the brothers Weber, and DvK were all sorely disappointed in the results of Minnesota's precinct caucuses the following March as we lost out to eventual nominee GHWB and "the tax collector for the welfare state" himself. Despite that loss, today the Minnesota GOP is very much a Reagan/Kemp/Coleman party and Gil can be proud of his contribution to reshaping it.

But that was then.

Except for the unfortunate metaphor of "political menopause", The First Ring is spot on once again. The Ringer handicaps Congressman Gutknecht's chances against Mark Kennedy. Prognosis? In the words of many of Gutknecht's constituents in the New Ulm area: nicht so gut.


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