In Abler's district, neither Don Huizenga or Jim Abler were able to get Republican endorsement. The race is headed for a primary. Andy Aplikowsi comments on the Strib article:
“Preventing the Democrats From Gaining A Veto Proof Majority”
Posted by Andy on August 22nd, 2008
There’s an interesting story in the Strib about some of the Legislative races that have Primary battles. Take a look.
One key portion of it is this from Rep. Jim ‘Hey Let’s Tax Their Arses Off’ Abeler.Abeler said focusing on relatively minor exchanges misses the larger point — preventing DFLers from gaining a veto-proof majority in the House.
Hey Abeler, you voted to override a veto, you moron! With you around, they don’t need to win that seat.
It is because of YOU, Jim Abeler, that the DFL overrode a veto!
(Note: Abeler’s mention of minor exchanges has to do with him trying to get his lit into the Anoka County Republican booth. It was for ONLY endorsed Republicans, Abeler is not endorsed. He still tried to get his lit in there. The stories on what really happened varies, but Abeler DID cross a line. Because he is an ……
From the Strib article:
"Getting the correct Republican on that ballot is what's important to us," said Republican Don Huizenga, a 42-year-old insurance industry official from Anoka who is trying to unseat Abeler, believing that Abeler too often votes with DFLers. "If we're just going to put Jim Abeler back in that Republican seat ... what does it matter if there's a DFLer in the seat?"
Abeler said he is trying to run a positive campaign but acknowledged some Republicans still are upset with his transportation funding vote, which among other things ushered in Minnesota's first state gas tax increase in 20 years.
In one sign of the campaign's acrimony, Abeler and Huizenga have clashed over Abeler's attempt to feature his campaign literature at a Republican Party booth at the Anoka County Fair. Abeler said the episode was, at worst, a "misunderstanding," while Huizenga wrote on his website that Abeler "almost came to fisticuffs" with a worker at the booth.
Abeler said focusing on relatively minor exchanges misses the larger point -- preventing DFLers from gaining a veto-proof majority in the House.
"It's always a bad thing when you don't have the give-and-take" that comes with a more balanced political split, he said. "That's not good when one side can do everything."
Star Tribune, August 21, 2008
A commenter notes that Jim Abler has a record of supporting criminalizing abortion, while his opponent does not - and suggests checking MCCL's website. I did not see information on this race on the MCCL website.