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Restaurant Association Attends Kline Fundraiser

Posted in Uncategorized by hospitalityminnesota on June 22, 2010

Rep. John Kline at Burnsville Fundraiser

Rep. John Kline describes the mood of the electorate as he campaigns

The Minnesota Restaurant Association attended a fundraising event for Congressman John Kline yesterday.  Kline said Republican candidates across the country are working very hard at getting elected in the upcoming fall elections.

Kline talked about key current issues such as the war in Afghanistan, health care reform, immigration reform and the gulf oil spill.

The Minnesota Restaurant Association and National Restaurant Association have long supported Congressman Kline and are appreciative of his pro-business views and track record.

David Siegel, CAE, IOM
Minnesota Restaurant, Lodging and Resort & Campground Associations and Hospitality Minnesota

Dayton Leads the DFL Field, Emmer tops Republicans

Posted in Elections by hospitalityminnesota on June 20, 2010

KSTP released a statewide poll taken last week showing Mark Dayton with a 39 percent to 26 percent lead over  the DFL endorsed candidate, Margaret Anderson Kelliher. DFLer Matt Entenza, who is also running in the primary, has 22 percent support.

Voters were asked that if the primary election were held today, which DFL candidate they would support to face Republican Tom Emmer and the endorsed Independence Party candidate, Tom Horner. The same poll showed Dayton as the only DFL candidate capable of beating Tom Emmer, the Republican candidate. The poll had a 500 sample size and a 4.5 percent margin of error.

I have been saying for more than a month that likely to win the DFL primary. Here are my reasons: First, Dayton knows how to craft a simple and effective message and stay on task. Second, he appeals to the senior voters. This is important because we’ve moved the primary one month earlier to August, and seniors will be among the most likely to vote. Senior also like Dayton for his earlier work on the cost of prescription drugs. Third, he brings tremendous personal resources to the campaign. Money isn’t everything, but it means a great deal in politics these days, and Dayton has the money to get out his message.

Of course, I thought R. T. Rybak would gain the DFL endorsement and Marty Seiffert would win the Republican endorsement, so what do I know?

On the other side of the aisle, it seems almost assured that Rep. Tom Emmer will take the Republican primary. He is a formidable candidate with tremendous passion and a strong vision for change in Minnesota. While Dayton, Kelliher and Entenza have all publicly supported tax increases as a major piece of solving our state’s budget shortfall, Emmer has not. He has talked much more about reforming government and restructuring the delivery of our services.

For political watchers, this is quite a time.

David Siegel, CAE, IOM
Minnesota Restaurant, Lodging and Resort & Campground Associations and Hospitality Minnesota