Republican Seifert jumps into crowded race for Minnesota governor

  • Article by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger
  • Updated: November 21, 2013 - 11:41 PM

Four prominent Republicans already were trying to unseat DFLer Mark Dayton in 2014.

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luzhishenNov. 21, 1311:28 PM

Conservative but too rational for today's MN GOP. He'll have to dress up like Dolly Madison and run around with an AR-15 in front of a mosque or a Planned Parenthood clinic if he wants to have a chance. His ultimate albatross is the fact that he actually compromised while in the legislature.

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formergopNov. 22, 13 8:38 AM

His brand won't fly here. We want smart, independent fiscally conservative, socially middle ground candidates. Not far right, told what to do candidates.

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forpeopleNov. 22, 1312:52 PM

I voted for Dayton the last time (most of us could not fathom voting for Emmer) but I actually like Seifert. I might well vote for him. If he seems middle of the road on social issues and actually interested in cleaning up state departments, he is attractive to me. I am ultra sick of the state departments of corrections, health and human services as well as the ridiculous funding of nonsensical arts programs.

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actualreaderNov. 22, 13 1:33 PM

"Conservative but too rational for today's MN GOP." I don't know about that. One of our metro publications printed his five priorities, which include "cutting taxes and regulation by 7 percent" -- 7 is apparently the lucky number and it's high time the state shifted its share back onto property taxes -- as well as the genius idea to abolish the health department, corrections and department of labor, because they can just easily be folded into other state departments. Maybe MnDOT can monitor the travels of H6N1 and Education can use truancy officers to track down prison escapees. And, of course, nobody who's a "maker" needs a Department of Labor.

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rambler89Nov. 22, 13 1:37 PM

Shutting down the Met Council is a winning platform in the Metro area, except for Minneapolis and St. Paul themselves, which will vote Democratic in any case. The Departments of Health and Human Services are oppressive, non-functional money pits. Think of the blood on the hands of the mental health authorities who insist on releasing violent sex offenders, and of Minnesota's lowest-of-the-50-states standing in oversight of healthcare practitioners. As for MNCare, no-one's awake there. If Seifert promises to trash the decision-makers and engineers at MNDOT, and bring the department back to reality, he'll win Outstate and the Metro suburbs in a landslide. In the last election, even Emmer came within 9000 votes of winning over Dayton, who, in a balanced view, was just as "special" as Emmer was. Seeing that, many think that Seifert would have won then, and will do even better once we have had a full four years of evidence of Dayton's mental state.

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nkuhlmanNov. 24, 13 9:13 AM

I was planning on voting for Bill Gleason, but I'll give Seifert a look.

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tooty123Nov. 24, 13 1:36 PM

"Seifert said his agenda as governor would be cutting taxes, halting construction of the Southwest light-rail line and shutting down the Metropolitan Council, along with the state Departments of Health, Corrections, and Labor and Industry."---Cut, cut, cut! Shutting down SW light rail, the Metro Council, and the whole departments of Health, Corrections, and Labor and Industry! Wow, just Wow!

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