More on District 19
Mark Hanson's post about a bad night for Suburban theocrats drew a fair amount of comment. Susan Rego, a DFL activist gave us more background on the District 19 race:
The IP candidate insisted that marriage is between a man and a woman, whenever he was asked about the amendment. The DFL candidate, John Deitering, said that he has been married 40 years, and his marriage has never been threatened by the idea of gay marriage. When asked if he supports the amendment, he said, "No."
The interesting thing about this election is that 48% of the voters (13% turnout) did not vote for an MCCL-backed pro-life candidate.
Interesting.... Lori Sturdevant says that Haag disagrees with much of the Republican social agenda. Did he say he supported the Bachmann amendment?
Lori Sturdevant from the strib comments in her weekly column:
The other trembles after Tuesday's election had to be felt in the Independence Party. For the little third party that Jesse Ventura rode into the governor's office seven years ago, the results in exurban District 19 had to be dispiriting.
Del Haag was the IP's super-qualified candidate -- former League of Minnesota Cities president, National League of Cities board member, 17-year Buffalo City Council member, Montrose Public Works director. He came in third, with not quite 17 percent of the vote.
The Republican winner, Buffalo businesswoman Amy Koch, garnered a solid 52 percent. It cannot be claimed that the presence of a third-party candidate altered the outcome.
Yet it's worth wondering what might have happened if Haag had said yes a few weeks back, when the DFL Party called and asked him to be its candidate.
Haag then would have had the resources of a real party -- voter lists, volunteers, special interest friends, fundraisers -- that the Independence Party lacks. More voters would have heard about his impressive résumé and thoughtful views.
Haag's answer to the DFL was no, he related, but not because he disagrees with much that moderate DFLers like Senate leader Dean Johnson say. The GOP's inflexibilty on social issues has got Haag leaning toward the D side.
Rather, Haag said, he went with the IP because the DFL label hasn't been worn by a winner in Wright County for many years. And because, after 17 years in nonpartisan office, he didn't feel right about plunging into the DFL water. And because the chance to be part of building something new "sort of gives you a tingle."
He said that a few days before the election. He's likely felt something a little different since.
My personal take on this: it's a two party system, and it's a waste of time getting involved in the Independence Party.