Persistent Kennedy Rumors
From Checks and Balances:
Persistent Kennedy Rumors
The polling results on head to head match-ups for 6th District Congressman Mark Kennedy have not been good. In one on one races against Amy Klobuchar (D) and Patty Wetterling (R) Kennedy trails and he barely outperforms Ford Bell (D). His decision last week to be the deciding vote on the Budget Bill will not place him in a favorable light statewide. This coupled with his support for the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) doesn't do a lot to boost his support.
Kennedy is having a fundraiser with President George W. Bush (R) in Minneapolis on December 9th and though Bush is a good fundraiser, his popularity is at an all-time low and he doesn't produce much political benefit other than campaign cash. With this said, it gives some credibility to the persistent rumor regularly coming our way that Republicans are actively seeking an alternative to Kennedy for 2006. The problem with this idea is that Kennedy's train has already left the station and it will be hard to get it back the roundhouse.
Names that keep cropping up are: Glen Taylor wealthy owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Entrepreneur and Republican Party National Committeeman Brian Sullivan.
The Glen Taylor rumor is an interesting thought. Taylor is a moderate. For that reason, I'd doubt he would get party endorsement from the Leviticus crowd and We don't Want No Choo Choo Trains activists that dominate Republicans caucuses.
We understand a bid by Sullivan would be problematic because in order for the Republican National Committee to participate in Kennedy's effort the Republican Party and it officers needed to sign something called Rule 11 that clear the table of any supposed viable challengers to Kennedy. We understand that Sullivan signed this document and we have spoken to him directly and he said, he will not be seeking the Senate in 2006. Another interesting idea is for Governor Tim Pawlenty to forgo reelection and to take a run at the Senate, we don't put much stake in the idea, but since we are discussing rumors we might as well incorporate this one.
Kennedy has close association with Bush and it should continue to reward him financially, but as St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly found out, Bush is far more of a liability than an asset.
This Pawlenty will run for the Senate rumor is swirling around the capitol. I heard it from a friend of mine who got it from a capitol lobbyist.
Mark "I always voted my party's call and I never thought of thinking for myself at all" Kennedy is a pathetic candidate.