Wednesday, September 14, 2005

WCCO gets it wrong

Can't say I'm surprised.

Note to WCCO Radio personalities Dark Star and Erik Escola: yesterday’s St. Paul mayoral race was not a referendum on President Bush. Nor did the election have nothing to do with Hurricane Katrina.

Everyone knows that Bush’s support in St. Paul is marginal, that's just a fact of life. Primary voters are the more hardcore party loyalists, so it should come to no surprise that Coleman won due to Kelly’s endorsement of Bush last year.

Chris Coleman is a Democrat. Randy Kelly is a Democrat. In November, the election will be a referendum on the direction the city is going. Do the residents of St. Paul want a limited tax increase (Kelly) or a more expansive one (Coleman)?

Kelly’s endorsement of Bush had no bearing on St. Paul whatsoever. Had John Kerry received Kelly’s endorsement, the outcome of the elections would’ve been the same: Kerry takes Minnesota but loses the nation.

Coleman will likely win the general election, but will have done so by not tackling the issues facing St. Paul. Instead, Coleman will win by cleverly calling Mayor Kelly “Republican Randy.”


At 10:17 AM, Blogger GOPWingman said...

It's a shame. Mayor Kelly is a good man.

At 11:16 AM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

Yeah, this was really retribution for Kelly not being a good little solider.

At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kelly is a DFLer in name only, like Coleman was in 1996 before he switched. You guys can have him.

At 8:47 PM, Blogger North Star Politics said...

I'd be shocked if, given the choice, DFLers wouldn't cast him out. Zell Miller is not a Democrat. Zell Miller used to be a Democrat. The same is true of Randy Kelly. Randy Kelly is an independent.


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