Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Very Superstitious

I noticed something very interesting today on Becky Lourey's fundraising letter. Her office is located at 1821 University Ave. in St. Paul.

This building is known as the Griggs Midway building.

Who else has their campaign office in the Griggs Midway building? Why, it's Kelly Doran.

You're probably asking yourself: "RM, what does this have to do with superstition?"

Glad you asked.

Let's look at some of the other gubernatorial races that were housed in the same building:
Norm Coleman: 1998
Jon Grunseth: 1990

We all know how those turned out.

Could this be a kiss of death for these campaigns?


At 12:22 PM, Blogger StPaul_DFLer said...

Wellstone also housed two successful campaigns from there.

But yes, it could be the kiss of death for one of the Gubernatorial candidates if you guys continue posting and run Hatch back to the AG's office. Then you got Becky verses Kelly.

At 3:55 PM, Blogger DFL Governor said...

Hey RM:

At least one of them has to lose.


At 8:36 PM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

St. Paul DFLer-

Maybe so, but those were US Senate races.

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Skid said...

Another DFL'er All To Happy to Convert Death into Name Recognition


St. Paul, MN State domestic abuse experts have been noticing a disturbing trend in a local political party here: the use of family deaths as springboards for launching political campaigns. In fact, so many grieving parents and spouses have filed that a number of them have come under investigation. The party in question is the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) party and when asked to comment on the inquiry, the local chair simply stated that its "just coincidence."

But area pundits doubt that. "Coincidence? Come on," railed one radio talk-show host. "They just fielded a mom who lost her son in Iraq and another who lost her son in an abduction. How are they going to differentiate themselves now? Off their husbands?"

In political circles it is called 'tapping the sympathy vote' and, until recently, only included philandering and an occasional wheelchair--never actual loss. The 2002 US Senate race in Missouri changed that, however. "Mel Carnahan couldn't beat John Ashcroft in real life," remembered one local contributor. "So he had to do it from the after-world." Governor Carnahan, the Democratic challenger, died just before the election in a plane crash. "The sorrowful widow bit was too much for John to overcome and he drown in a flood of tears when she decided to run in Mel's place. Never mind that Jean Carnahan had no idea what she was doing in the Senate."

But what started as personal tragedy is now a haute couture political strategy, perfected by the state's liberals. "Normie just made it out by the skin of his teeth," said one GOP staffer, remembering the 2002 election of Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN). "Wellstone was behind in the polls with no way to make it up. But we know these guys so we were ready for anything." What that 'anything' wound up being was the incumbent, Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN), dying in a plane crash one week before the election. "The Dems wound up throwing us a Carnahan, obviously hoping for another dead man in the Senate. Luckily, if it wasn't for Clinton coming to town, I'd be waiting tables today."

It turns out the accusations aren't just political vitriol. One insider email goes so far as to instruct the party faithful to peruse local obituaries when looking for potential office-runners. "Last week a few of them where here handing out business cards to some of our mourning families," said one areal undertaker. "We kicked them out. That's sick. I hope they all rot in hell."

And if sympathy is the objective, then it is not hard to understand that the younger the victim, the higher the turnout. One such candidate who recently formed an exploratory committee for the state house has attracted increased scrutiny for just this reason. "Yeah, my mom is great," her six year-old told us as her mother whisked her into their car. "She left me off at the Mall of America all by myself last night and didn't come and pick me up till the police called to say I was OK. That was cool!"

In the mean time, officials are not taking the threat lightly. In lieu of handing down charges prematurely, they have proactively begun placing endangered family members into the Candidate Protection program until the investigation is completed early next year.


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