Sarah McKenzie at the Southwest Journal got a reaction quote from the Mark Andrew campaign regarding the StarTribune’s endorsement of Betsy Hodges as their first choice for Minneapolis mayor, followed by Don Samuels and Jackie Cherryhomes. The Strib, who left Andrew out of their top-3, criticized Andrew for saying different things to different audiences.
Mark Andrew’s campaign team doubts that the endorsement will have much of an impact on the race, said Marion Greene, Andrew’s deputy campaign manager.
“Mark Andrew, along with many of Minnesota’s other great elected leaders, is apparently too progressive for the Star Tribune,” she said.
That’s an interesting response from the Mark Andrew campaign. Personally, I don’t view Mark Andrew as a progressive candidate. Sure, his signs are green and he has a campaign Prius, but he’s also endorsed by the biggest corporate welfare union in the city (Building Trades), prominent members of big banks, the Chamber of Commerce, and utility companies.
These are not progressive groups. They’re groups who know how to profit from large government projects and tax breaks at the expense of people who don’t have lobbyists at City Hall, and have chosen Mark Andrew as their candidate of choice for Minneapolis mayor.