Well, Meg Tuthill has now gone back on her word. After initially pledging to not seek re-election to the city council if she did not receive the DFL endorsement, she has been so “overwhelmed with calls, emails and visits” that she needs to break that promise. Of course, I’m supporting Lisa Bender in this election, though I’m worried about low turnout since Minneapolis has their elections in off-years. Meg does have a lot of support in her own precinct (which is the same precinct Lisa lives in, I believe), but not very much in Whittier.
I was doing some research into these organizations that Meg allegedly has the “support” of and it turns out her little press release was perhaps not entirely accurate in a few instances.
So the first group I look up is the Stonewall DFL, which is the LGBT caucus for the DFL. Turns out that they did give Meg an ‘A’ rating, as she claims, but they also endorse candidates! Guess who they endorsed in Ward 10? Lisa Bender!
womenwinning were the next group that I wanted to know more about – they’ve got a hip web1.5 presence going on, what with the single word smashed together and none of it being capitalized! Edgy! But are they edgy enough to support a candidate who lost the DFL endorsement? Apparently they haven’t made a decision for 2013 candidates yet (read the fine print with the unnecessary asterisk at the very top of the page). So I guess Meg’s not being exactly truthful here so far…
The Firefighters Association of Minneapolis Local 82 has an active website, but does not list endorsed candidates. Same with the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council, and International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49. The two organizations which make their support of Meg somewhat clear are the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, A.F.L.-C.I.O., and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 292.
Anyway, I just thought Meg’s attempts to pump up her own campaign were entertaining. I guess this just means we’ll have to listen to Meg and Lisa campaign for a few more months.
Also, I just looked at my blog and realized I hit “save as draft” on my huge Vikings Stadium slash Downtown East post! Drat! Maybe I’ll revise it a bit and post it for reals later.