A web of alliances in Minneapolis mayor’s race

  • Article by: MAYA RAO and ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: June 25, 2013 - 7:37 AM

Old guard DFL is lining up with Mark Andrew and Minneapolis City Hall with Betsy Hodges.

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jskjsk5Jun. 24, 1311:21 PM

This appears to be a rather superficial choice, as there is hardly any difference between the "old guard" and "new guard." The centerpiece of RT Rybak's campaign against SSB was opposition to corporate subsidies, and most prominently public funding of a stadium for private professional sports. Of course RT turned around supported two stadiums, the second with a greater commitment of Minneapolis tax dollars that anyone could have imagined and more than all off SSB's corporate subsidies combined. Hodges voted against the stadium, but always has and continues to align herself with Rybak, and as the article points out, has his staffers and supporters. The article does not provide any substantive areas where these candidates are likely to differ.

jstwondrngJun. 25, 1312:17 AM

Lazy reporting. Old guard equates to elected officials or long time Minneapolis civic leaders who have actually accomplished making our city one of the best in the country. The three Rybak (neutral?) staffers supporting Hodges have one common - future employment. One of those staffers is Mr. Morillo's partner. So I think Mr. Morillo needs to worry more about his own motivations instead of casting aspersions on why people are supporting Mr Andrew.

johnmplsJun. 25, 1312:44 AM

It doesn't bother people that of the 9 running, none have ANY business experience? That all are DFL or "independent"? Maybe it's time we try to get someone, either in the Mayor's office or the City Council, who can at least understand what a balance sheet is. Who knows the value of a dollar. Who believes in things other than bigger government. Nah......won't happen.

mpls417Jun. 25, 1312:49 AM

Not really crazy about either. If Rybak policy aide Peter Wagenius is for Hodges, I will be voting the other way.

stplooklistnJun. 25, 13 5:15 AM

More concerned about someone's budgeting abilities.

swoodruffJun. 25, 13 7:21 AM

Johnmpls and folks - I have 25+ years of business experience, along with currently serving as Vice Chair to the Audit Committee. Trying to bring Transparency & Accountability to City Hall. Check out Stephanie Woodruff for Minneapolis Mayor. Google it :) Join me!

yaashureJun. 25, 13 7:49 AM

Either one will work for our state.

LicoriceJun. 25, 13 9:51 AM

johnmpls: "It doesn't bother people that of the 9 running, none have ANY business experience?" Mark Andrew, at least, has. He founded a business, Greenmark, that works with large buildings and public venues to make them more environmentally sustainable. He also has employeed a couple of thousand people seasonally at State Fair concessions. (Disclaimer: I haven't yet decided who I will vote for as #1, but do note Andrew's business background, which you missed)

fdrebinJun. 25, 1310:51 AM

"Laugh about it, shout about it, when you've got to choose, any way you look at it you lose!"

fdrebinJun. 25, 1310:54 AM

And of course, "meet the new boss, the same as the old boss!"


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