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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Will Mike Hatch Get Sick for this Event Also?

Screening / Endorsement Convention
Sunday, January 29, 2006
1:00 PM

Hennepin County Government Center Minneapolis, MN

This is the Endorsement Convention for Stonewall DFL. Lloydletta contributors Mark Hanson and David DeGrio will be attending and reporting back. Stay tuned.

It will be interesting to see how Stonewall will react to Hatch. First order of business should be to smoke out Mike Hatch's position on the Bachmann amendment. From the Pioneer Press:

"As far as I know, we have identical positions on gay marriage. I believe marriage is between a man and a woman," he [Mike Hatch] said. But he declined to support a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage that Pawlenty backs. Source: All bets are on a clash of political titans, Bill Salisbury, Pioneer Press, Nov. 14, 2005

Hatch is claiming to the press that his internal polling shows he's got 50% of the delegates. I've heard from an informed DFL source that Hatch's internal numbers are showing between 38-42% for Hatch. Hatch claims 50% to the Pioneer Press.

The party's leading vote getter and its highest state officeholder, Hatch said he seems to be gathering the support he'll need to win the endorsement. A survey by his campaign of 7,000 DFL activists who have been delegates or alternates to party conventions since 2000 showed "we had about 50 percent support," he said. "That's pretty strong, but you don't know whether they'll be delegates again."

My DFL source also told me that Hatch was committed to blocking the DFL endorsement. My question remains - if Hatch runs in the primary, will he try to get MCCL's endorsement as he did in 1994?