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Friday, February 03, 2006

Tinklenberg Upstages Wetterling's Announcement

Strib here.

Children's safety advocate Patty Wetterling will announce her candidacy for the DFL nomination for Congress from the Sixth Congressional District today, according to her new rival in that race, former Blaine Mayor Elwyn Tinklenberg.

Wetterling's candidacy has been an open secret in political circles for a few days since she dropped her bid for the U.S. Senate, and she will officially announce it in Anoka this morning.

Tinklenberg, a former state transportation commissioner, said Wetterling called him Thursday afternoon and told him of her plans.

Tinklenberg, who has said that he got into the race relying on Wetterling's assurances that she would not run against him, said he asked her how she could go back on her commitment.

Tinklenberg said Wetterling told him that "things change, the world moves on."

Tinklenberg said he is disappointed. "I think that's what commitments are all about," he said. "They become most important when things change."

He said he supported Wetterling when she sought the seat in 2004, in part because he believed she was not a typical politician. But her decision to switch races strikes him as "political opportunism," he said.

Tinklenberg said that he would stay in the race and seek the DFL endorsement but that he would not challenge Wetterling in a primary if she were to get the endorsement.

This will be interesting. Elwyn Tinklenberg is trying to make this an issue in the campaign. This is NOT a major issue. Things do change, and grass roots activists were not excited about Elwyn Tinklenberg's campaign. Tinklenberg's website is a blank slate. According to an analysis by the Student for Bachmann, Tinklenberg has the most PAC money (those DC PACs). Tinklenberg is charging his campaign for rental of his house as office.

There's more comment on Tinklenberg's future on MN Publius here.

Sean, the point is that he can't survive a primary with Wetterling. She comes in to the race $100,000 ahead of him. She comes in the race with a professional experienced team in play.

His money source is about to dry up. Washington DC(who sent him his fundraiser) is about to pull the plug and switch their support to Patty. People who gave to him in the past is going to go with known commodity that polls much better against the Republicans than he can.

Posted by: StPaul_DFLer | February 2, 2006 07:48 AM

The thing about Tinklenberg is that he just sat back and collected checks. Scotty Mortensen "whom withdrew from the race in November" actually went out and about meeting people building grassroots support. Tinklenberg made it to the state fair once or twice from what I remember, and just didn't spend much time campaigning in the summer or fall. Because he had front runner status, and open seat, cash flowed in with little ground work. That shows in the poll numbers shown above.

I also have seen Tinklenberg in person. I think he is qualified and can win the seat. He is not as much of a right winger as I once thought. But I do agree with Eva that he will struggle with volunteers and has little support from the grassroots or netroots.

It really is time for Tinklenberg to post issue positions. Endorsements take place in a little over a month, come on

Posted by: Demrock6 | February 2, 2006 08:55 AM

Tinklenberg=anti-choice, anti-gay. Can you say Janet Robert?

'Nuff said.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 2, 2006 09:07 AM

Developing..... Will the Human Rights Campaign do an early endorsement in this seat? They should. Then they can use Bachmann and Tinklenberg (as the Bachmann wannabee) as a fundraising appeal to gay donors. This naturally would be an independent expenditure. Would HRC have the gumption to do this?