Minneapolis DFL convention leaves open field, bitter taste

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 17, 2013 - 7:33 PM

The city DFL convention produced no winner, save for the voters.

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horacedjonesJun. 17, 13 7:29 PM

Excellent. Let's hope the DFL machinery pays attention. Both the DFL & the GOP parties would better serve voters by heeding the ideas expressed here.

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lenorekJun. 17, 13 7:42 PM

I don't feel that the convention had any winners including the candidates that chose not to participate in it. I think it definitely showed up some fundamental flaws in the process. As an Andrew delegate I personally loved that he came to the floor in the final ballot and asked us to go home and eat. He did not stand around to see if by some miracle he actually still had a quorum. I thought that was classy. Of course in November it is the opinion of the public that will matter most not that of a handful of delegates. Still I feel good to be able to say that of the top three contenders that day Andrew played it straight and with dignity.

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jbpaperJun. 17, 13 7:58 PM

The party that claims we have the cleanest elections and that there aren't ever any irregularities can't even endorse a candidate without members of their own party questioning the outcome.

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thatchioJun. 17, 13 8:27 PM

A one party town is not good for anyone but those who participate frequently in the party. The worst part is how the party rewards candidates for agreeing to suspend campaigns if someone else gets the endorsement. We'd be better served if the DFL didn't endorse in City elections. But we'd need to have campaign finance laws in place, else we could easily end up with self-funded candidates.

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jodemocracyJun. 17, 13 9:40 PM

As a delegate to the convention, I think you missed the point. Progressives like me are tired of having to back candidates who tend to make business the alpha dog of their agenda, rather than the welfare of people. Saturday's deadlock reflects this divide. The fact we produced no-endorsement is not really the point. The bigger question is, "What is the purpose of the DFL party?" If a no-endorsement forces the party to take its progressives seriously, then so be it. A party is not supposed to gain advantage for itself, but to organize so it can get get good laws and policies passed that elevate the quality of life for the people.

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biffpoloJun. 17, 13 9:46 PM

As a former Andrew neighbor who also had kids near the same age in Minneapolis schools, I can firmly state my opinion that his arrogance and underhanded style and small-narrow thinking would make a terrible mayor candidate. I only hope the rest of the city realizes what a disaster Mpls would have with Andrew, Cherryhome, Samuels or other longtime city politician as Mayor. It is time for new blood...look outside the well manicured politicians for someone who can really lead our city away from the brink of disaster left by Rybak.

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supervon2Jun. 17, 1310:27 PM

The Unions are not worried. They have their candidate picked out and if by magic that candidate will win come November. Why? Because the Star is Union and they will pump their candidate.

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lenorekJun. 18, 13 6:53 AM

Superon no one in the DFL has actually given a rip about labor for decades and that very much includes the so called progressives. As to Rybak he may have loved overpriced water fountains but labor? Never. I am not even talking unions per we just plain people who work for a living. Not anty parties priority. I think that any of these candidates save Betsy Hodges would be overall better than Rybak. Betsy is basically just a vote for four more years of Rybak. Her people are his people.

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furguson11Jun. 18, 13 7:12 AM

Endorsing conventions, both DFL and GOP are full of activists, are too contentious and represent just a small portion of each party. Dayton knew better, he skipped the endorsement process and went straight to the primary. Arne Carson did something similar 20 years ago. I've attended local DFL conventions and left early all the times I've sat in.

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koolioJun. 18, 13 7:36 AM

No where did the editorial mention the bloated need for 1,400 delgates. Are you kidding? There are only 370,000 people in the city - meaning one of every 264 peoople in Minneapolis is a delegate. No wonder nothing was accomplished.

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