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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Peter Hutchinson running for governor

Peter Hutchinson, a former Minneapolis school superintendent and finance commissioner, is running for governor as the Independence Party candidate, the party that brought us Jesse Ventura and Tim Penny.

He says he is running because political discourse has become overrun with divisive social issues like abortion, gay marriage, and gun control, something I agree with. The policy positions in the article, such as opposing public money for stadiums, opposing a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, and an openness to a sales tax on clothing, all sound pretty good to me.

That doesn't mean I'll be voting for him, though. If the DFL candidate was a hack like Roger Moe, I would happily vote for Hutchinson. Fortunately, this is not happening. Anything can happen, though.

Republicans generally welcome his candidacy because they think he will pull votes from Democrats, which is probably true for the most part. However, if Pawlenty chooses to run a campaign based on hot-button social issues, this could change.

2 Comments:

At 2:51 PM, May 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

check out Peter's website at www.openupmn.com

 
At 12:03 PM, June 28, 2006, Anonymous Dave said...

The Peter Hutchinson for Governor Campaign website has changed due to the newly endorsed Team Minnesota. Team Minnesota consisting of the candidates Peter Hutchinson (Governor), Maureen Reed (Lt. Governor), John James (Attorney General), Lucy Gerold (State Auditor), and Joel Spoonheim (Secretary of State). Team Minnesota is another part of the Independence Party's plan to go forward rather than get stuck in partisan politics as usual. The new website is TeamMN.com

 

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