Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Hatch announcement confirmed

From the Sioux Falls Argus Leader:

Eyes on Minnesota

Democratic Attorney General Mike Hatch became the first Minnesota politician eyeing a major office to venture across the border to campaign in South Dakota.

Hatch, who plans to announce Oct. 24 that he will seek the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party nomination for governor, coupled his trip to Luverne with a trip to Sioux Falls to take advantage of South Dakota’s news media penetration into southwest Minnesota.

At the center of his differences with Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty is the controversial summer government shutdown that led to a special session.

“You can’t allow a government to shut down,” Hatch said. “That is inexcusable.”

As he travels, Hatch says Minnesotans still talk with him about their distaste for the shutdown and ask what he would have done.

A “lights on” resolution to keep government going was necessary, he said.

“You sit down and find the commonality of interest, a process of exchanging views, find the common ground. That is Basic Politics 101,” Hatch said.

Pawlenty, who shared constituent criticism along with the state Legislature, now is debating a possible second special session to deal primarily with a stadium bill.

Pawlenty plans to decide in few days whether that will happen, but Hatch doesn’t support another special session.

“If there is a special session, we had better address other priorities for the state like accessibility and health care costs going off the chart,” he said.He also wants education on the table.

If the Legislature reconvenes and a stadium bill comes to the floor, Hatch would support a facility for the Gophers rather than the Twins or Vikings.
(Source: Argus Leader, Oct. 11, 2005)

Hatch’s candidacy is so stale he needs to campaign in South Dakota. That’s pretty sad (no offense to SoDak).


At 1:36 PM, Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis said...

Well, this just confirms the fact that the DFL forced the shutdown to use it against Pawlenty. This was Hatch's first major media hit of the campaign and what did he talk about?

The DFL is despicable. I wonder how the 9,000 folks out of work for 10 feel about the role they were forced to play in the 2006 DFL campaign strategy.

At 10:09 PM, Blogger North Star Politics said...

Yes, Gov. Pawlenty is so important that the DFL needed to shut down the government to embarrass him. Get a grip; you and the Governor must suffer from delusions of grandeur. DFLers in the House voted EIGHT times to keep the government running while the GOP majority voted to keep it closed. Voters know who to blame, and they'll remember come November 2006.

At 6:59 AM, Blogger Kevin from Minneapolis said...

Delusions of grandeur? I just read a news article where all Mike Hatch did was attack Pawlenty for the shut down. Do they, or anyone else on the left, have an actual policy agenda to run on? If so, please let the secret out of the bag.

And, I hope the DFL uses your strategy of pointing to their 8 votes for the lights on bill. Cause it was also 8 votes to cut education spending, cut employee benefits, undo health care cost reforms, cut nursing homes, etc, etc.

Please, please, please keep bringing that up!


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