More on Hatch, the no-show
Yesterday I posted on how the Hatch campaign may be in trouble, based off of Hatch's attendance (or lack thereof) at recent DFL candidate forums.
The headline of MPR's story on yesterday's event was "Hatch keeping low profile as competitors score points at business forum."
Doran, Kelley and Lourey have now appeared at several candidate forums together, but they have yet to share the stage with the fourth Democrat in the race, Attorney General Mike Hatch. Hatch's office said the Business Democrats' event conflicted with a conference call on a prospective pharmaceutical lawsuit. But some Democrats are questioning whether it's part of a deliberate strategy to stay above the fray.
Blois Olson from the newsletter Politics in Minnesota says Hatch needs to ramp up his campaign activity.
"He is the perceived front-runner, but the more he doesn't do, the less he is the front-runner," according to Olson. "And I think the Rose Garden strategy is, you sit in the garden and you smell the roses while everybody else enjoys the bad weather outside, and I think that while he is the front-runner, he has to start acting more like a front-runner and not be so publicly shy."
Olson says Hatch has only a bare-bones campaign operation. Hatch did raise half a million dollars last year, surpassing all of the other Democrats except Doran, who lent his campaign $1.8 million. Hatch's campaign says the attorney general focuses first on his full-time job. (Source: MPR, Feb. 8, 2006)