In 2010, I supported Tom Emmer’s campaign against Mark Dayton for governor. Had Emmer won that election, I’m convinced that Minnesota would be far better off than it is today. Back then, Tom Emmer was a staunch conservative. Unfortunately, Tom Emmer isn’t the full-time conservative today that he was then.

That’s why he just received the lowest GOP primary vote percentage in a generation. That’s why he “won the primary … with 68.7 percent of the vote.”

Eric Ostermeier, who founded the blog Smart Politics, wrote that “Emmer’s win was the fifth-lowest out of 49 contested primaries since 1964. The only members of Minnesota’s U.S. House delegation to receive less support were DFLers Jim Oberstar in 1980 and 1984, Martin Sabo in 1992 and Gerry Sikorski in 1992.”

A quick look at Emmer’s issues page on national security shows that he isn’t listening to his constituents. Emmer started wrong by teaming with Keith Ellison to form the Somalia Caucus. It went downhill fast after that.

During a July 1, 2015 townhall meeting, Emmer laid the foundation for this primary fight by blowing off constituents who wanted a moratorium on Syrian refugees being resettled in St. Cloud, saying that he’d checked with the State Department and that there weren’t any refugees coming to St. Cloud. Clearly, Emmer was either badly misinformed or dishonest.

The reason why AJ Kern got 26.5% of the vote in this primary is because she fought for US national security. Emmer hasn’t. Here’s hoping that Rep. Emmer’s last day in Congress is January 3, 2019. Central Minnesota doesn’t need a squish who collaborates with Keith Ellison representing the Sixth District.

5 Responses to “Emmer hasn’t fought for security”

  • eric z says:

    Stan Hubbard does not fit your liking? Do you suppose Emmer crosses the street without Hubbard’s permission?

  • Gary Gross says:

    Not this time.

  • Bob J. says:

    Congratulations, Gary, on a clear-eyed look at Tom Emmer. Didn’t take long for him to catch Potomac Fever, did it?

  • Gary Gross says:

    Sadly, Potomac Fever seemed to set in before he got there.

  • eric z says:

    Financial services committee seat too. Just like Bachmann before him. Setting his feet firmly within reelection funding land, only having to go along to get along. Keeping his mouth shut instead of being a divisive force for stupidity, he is an upgrade, but still, same roots – servicing financiers. And, by the way, what’re Guv Tim’s cash flows based on these days? Right. Servicing financiers. It seems a GOP trend, and the grassroots only mumbles and fumbles. Where do you guess Hackbarth will end up after losing his district endorsement and then losing his primary challenge to the endorsed candidate, Bahr? Lobbying? That’s my bet. Lobbying for mining interests.

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