I think endorsements matter. So, let’s look at who’s endorsing Cam Winton for Minneapolis mayor on Twitter:
— Isaac Schultz (@ImSchultz) November 4, 2013
Isaac’s twitter bio: Republican serving to turn Minnesota Red | Campaign Coordinator for @StewartMillsMN | Former @PeteHegseth for Sen & @MNSRC intern | Christian, #UNW grad | #PHR
— Rachel Jansen (@rkjansen) October 5, 2013
Rachel’s twitter bio: American. Republican. UMN Gopher. Co-Chair of the @MNCRs. Snowboarder. Italia Enthusiast. Lover of Anything Red, White & Blue.
— Casey Kim (@caseykim12) August 28, 2013
Casey’s twitter bio: U of MN alum, economics enthusiast, Packer fan, conservative. #tcot #wiright #mngop #NRA
— Andy Post (@andypost1) November 2, 2013
Andy’s twitter bio: Conservative, #MNleg Comms guy, U of M grad, former PR pro and campaign staffer with a passion for politics, communications and branding. Tweets are my own.
— Andrew Wagner (@andrewwagner) November 2, 2013
Andrew’s twitter bio: @mnhousegop Comms Team | Formerly: @MNHRCC, @PeteHegseth for Sen, @TimPawlenty for Pres. #UMN, Stillwater Alum. Local beer fan. Friends. Food. Travel. Coffee.
.@cam_winton continues to be he best choice to move Minneapolis forward while fighting for hardworking families.
— Luke Hellier (@lukehellier) October 26, 2013
Luke’s twitter bio: Press Secretary for @MNSRC. luke.hellier [at] senate.mn Husband to Josi. Dad to Betty.
— Amy Koch (@justamykoch) October 22, 2013
Amy’s twitter bio: Mom, Small Business Owner, Former Legislator, Fanilow.
Winton is getting a lot of Twitter love from members of the MN GOP political machine who don’t live in Minneapolis. As the most conservative of contender mayoral candidates it makes sense that he’d be their preferred candidate for Minneapolis mayor. But, these are the same people who trashed RT Rybak when he was running for governor, and wrote desperately partisan trash on Minnesota Democrats Exposed that was so embarrassing that Michael Brodkorb deleted the entire blog after recovering from his time as a GOP hack.
I’ve mentioned previously in the comments here that one of my biggest concerns with Cam Winton is that he’d go Scott Walker on us. There certainly are issues where I share the perspective of politicians further right than Cam like the Vikings stadium disaster (candidates on the far left like John Marty also opposed that waste of public tax dollars).
My concern with Cam is that he, like the people who’re endorsing him on Twitter from red congressional districts, may use the “we can’t afford this” argument to justify cutting things that Minneapolis residents happen to like and can afford. It’s really a matter of how much we’re wiling to pay and for what. We are a high cost, high service kind of place. While we’d all like to pay lower taxes, a perfect mayoral candidate is one who balances costs and benefits for the benefit of the city of Minneapolis, and I’m not convinced that someone endorsed by Minnesota Democrats Exposed writers Andy Post and Luke Hellier would do that.
So, if you’re too fiscally conservative to stick Mark Andrew in your top three (if you think the city is better off if we’re not subsidizing billionaires and Fortune 500 corporations), who should you consider? Give Stephanie Woodruff a look. Here’s an interview from The Uptake with Stephanie that’s worth watching before heading to the polls.
Stephanie represents the fiscally conservative wing of the DFL. That’s not a place that wins a lot of endorsements from construction unions or corporate welfare benefitting people of power in the city, but it’s a good place to be. I think you’ll find that the above video illustrates this.