MN DFL Chair Race--posted by Tony Garcia on 3/21/2005
While the MN GOP has its own issues to save its dignity (defeating Hoplin) we need to also keep in mind the other side's race for their chair.
While I live in District 44 a few years ago I had the opportunity to watch Betty Folliard's campaign/tenure in the House. This is the woman who claimed incredible amounts of per diem in her first term because "she had to make ends meet." Is this really the type of person that should have any say in public policy? No. But, like Howard Dean, I think that if she became chair the MN-DFL will self-destruct. Therefore, she has my endorsement.
A candidate with a sense of humor! Brian Melendez has it. Check out his Top 10 reasons to be the party chair. Aside from the fact that he seems embarrassed to be white he almost would be fun to root for.
Finally there is Josh Syrjamak. He looks like he may be competent (strike against supporting him--I do root for the demise of the DFL). However, a saving grace is that he boasts of working on the Wellstone campaign. This means hne is very likely far, far, out-of-touch-with-reality left. This is good in that he will push the DFL too far to the left and thus give the GOP more strength.
Let the games begin.