Lloydletta's Nooz in Politics In Minnesota
From this week's Politics in Minnesota:
An Awkward Endorsement
Eva Young, writing here and here and Pam Spalding, here, object to former DFL party chair Rick Stafford endorsing former DFL Rep. and current candidate for State Auditor Rebecca Otto. Stafford was recently elected chair of the Democratic National Committee's GLBT Caucus. As a legislator, Otto was the only House Democrat to vote in favor of putting the proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage on the ballot. Certainly there was intense pressure from her district at the time, given the Senator there, Michele Bachmann (R-Stillwater), is the chief proponent of the amendment. Otto, who surprisingly beat GOPer Matt Dean in a 2003 special election, lost to him in the 2004 general election.
Otto was the only house democrat to lose. She was joined by many other house democrats in her vote on the Bachmann amendment, including Al Juhnke, Mary Jane Otremba, Bev Scalze and Denise Dieterich. None of the house democrats who voted against the Bachmann amendment lost. Even though Al Juhnke voted FOR the Bachmann amendment, the Minnesota Citizens in Defense of Marriage still used billboard ads to attack Al Juhnke as supporting gay marriage.