Minneapolis DFL endorsement could prove pivotal in big election year

  • Article by: MAYA RAO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 20, 2013 - 10:00 AM

Union leader who also chairs the Minneapolis DFL was major proponent of Vikings stadium.

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elmore1Mar. 19, 13 9:46 PM

Too bad that the council didn't have the values and principles to take the stadium issue to the taxpayers. It is clear that they suppressed the vote and that the etabs funding is a bust. I hope they elect real leaders next time around.

kinnickMar. 19, 13 9:56 PM

Unions and minorities,just keep chasing that democratic carrot that will never be caught as long as they refuse to wake up. Two questions every union member s/b asking,#1 how come Obama was in minnesota twice and never ventured into Wisconsin? #2 ask the democrats to explain NAFTA.

bowlinmamaMar. 19, 1310:02 PM

I've worked with Dan McConnell as a DFL volunteer and as a campaign volunteer. He always keeps his job and his DFL leadership separate. He is the walking definition of integrity.

billybillyMar. 19, 1310:14 PM

There is an underground vote that will take the stadium supporters out this fall. Samuels will survive because of his constituency and historic low turnout, but I feel it was the reason that Rybak decided not to run. Too bad it is probably too late to change the ridiculously bad decision, and you're wrong Dan about the five people that haven't moved on. The council will notice in November.

Mrs.JackJonesMar. 19, 1310:15 PM

There seems to be something smelling in City Hall. We are starting to sound/look like Chicago politics. Who would have thought?

adamh2o69Mar. 19, 1310:19 PM

Council Member Don Samuels, a stadium backer who attended, recalled feeling surprised at the show of union support because he had not previously enjoyed a close relationship with organized labor. “I didn’t know that that could happen — that all the unions could get together like that, and I got an envelope with … a couple grand,” he said recently." Um, isn't that called a kickback and extremely illegal? How could somebody get an envelope full of cash from the unions and not see anything wrong with that?

thatchioMar. 19, 1310:28 PM

so with the Trades union backing the city council candidates who voted for a stadium, it certainly seems that money talks. Did the council members vote for the stadium because it was in the best interest of the city or the best interest of their careers...

otherjulieMar. 19, 1311:00 PM

Thank you for highlighting Dan! McConnell is the kind of humble, do the real work kind of guy who rarely gets attention, but deserves the praise more than most.

phatcatpatMar. 19, 1311:14 PM

Minneapolis is run by unions and democrats. They have not had an elected republican since the city librarian retired in the 1980's. There is no hope in a city that is destined to be the next Detroit.

clnorthMar. 20, 13 7:20 AM

"The twin roles of McConnell, who is also business manager of the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council, don’t seem to trouble City Hall veterans" What hypocrisy! Look at what happened to the Red Wing mayor. There were stories on every station and the pressure got him to resign. Just another double standard from the left.


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