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Jerry McCarter is challenging State Sen. John Pederson in SD-14. A substantial part of McCarter’s message is anchored in the state government shutdown. In fact, he’s told SC Times political reporter Mark Sommerhauser that it’s a major reason why he ran:

McCarter, who’s running against Sen. John Pederson, R-St. Cloud, says the shutdown was part of what spurred him to run for Senate.

Based on what I’ve seen of him in interviews and debates, McCarter appears to have ingested the entire ABM/DFL talking points playbook. Here’s an example:

“Like a lot of people, I found [it] unnecessary, politically motivated, and I think it damaged the state’s image long-term,” he said.

I wrote here that Gov. Dayton shut state government down. Included in the post is the link to the negotiation documentation showing Gov. Dayton and the GOP legislature had agreed to sign an agreement limiting the June 30 special session “to passing a ‘lights on’ extension of funding for all current operations and obligations of state government until 11:59 of July 11, 2011.”

The GOP legislature didn’t reject signing that agreement. Gov. Dayton did. Whatever DFL candidates say, the indisputable fact is that Gov. Dayton and the DFL rejected the GOP’s plan to keep the state government open.

Gov. Dayton’s arbitrary decision to shut state government down hangs on his head and on Rep. Thissen’s and Sen. Bakk’s heads.

On his campaign website, McCarter says that he’s experienced at bringing people together. FYI- That’s a standard feature on DFL candidate websites. That’s DFL happy talke, something that they’re attempting to exploit.

The problem with that in McCarter’s situation is that, as a conservative freshman GOP legislator, Sen. Pederson got Gov. Dayton, the most liberal DFL governor in Minnesota history, to sign 21 bills that Sen. Pederson authored.

For all of the DFL’s happy talk about bringing people together, the GOP have the history of accomplishments.

More important than bringing legislators together is the fact that GOP legislators have listened to their constituents and kept their promises.

The state government shutdown apparently isn’t resonating with people. It’s equally important to note that GOP legislators keeping their promises, creating jobs while balancing the budget without raising taxes is resonating with voters.

If Mr. McCarter sticks with this strategy, which is likely, he’ll have difficulty connecting with voters.

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5 Responses to “McCarter pushes state gov’t shutdown storyline”

  • Colin says:

    If they did not want a shutdown, why did Republican legislators include politically-charged non-budget items in the 2011 budget?

    Gerrymandered redistricting and stem cell research bans had no business being tacked onto our budget by Republican legislators.

    Not only is it unethical and bad policy, it also outright violates our state constitution. The single subject rule is Article IV, section 17 of the Minnesota Constitution, which states: “No law shall embrace more than one subject, which shall be expressed in its title.”

  • Gary Gross says:

    Colin, it was included in 1 proposal, then removed. As the documents prove, the final budget proposals didn’t included any “politically-charged non-budget items.”

    If you want to argue that Gov. Dayton is justified in shutting state government down after some “politically-charged non-budget items” in the GOP proposal were removed, have at it.

    If you think it’s smart to shut down government over past history, you’re entitled to fight that fight. Let me get you a louder megaphone for that argument.

  • eric z says:

    Colin – The Republicans did that because they wanted to be obstructionist turkeys; and most people in the state realize that and support Dayton over that bunch of dissembling fools. And if they had any respect for the Minnesota Constitution their divisive amendment proposals would not be on this year’s ballot. The bunch. They would rather fire torpedoes instead of legislating in a statesman like fashion. That fashion is alien to them, since, primarily, they talk to one another and that’s where they get their ideas. We need better heads in the majority. Democrats.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Eric, King was at the Capitol waiting to be called into session at 9:30 pm on June 30 so he could vote on a lights-on bill. The details of the bill had been agreed to.

    Then Gov. Dayton withdrew from the negotiated deal.

    At 10:00 pm, Gov. Dayton called a press conference to say that the GOP was shutting the government down. The documents show the opposite.

    If you choose to lie, Eric, that’s your choice. I’ve got proof that verifies my account. You don’t. If you want me to reprove that you’re a partisan without regard for the truth, that’s your option.

    Just don’t whine when I prove you wrong.

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