What Impact Will the Marriage Amendment Have on Legislative Races?

Politics In Minnesota published a must-read story about how the campaigns for/against the constitutional amendment to limit marriage solely between one man and one woman are battling in the suburbs.  A battleground area for control of the legislature is Edina, where Representative Keith Downey is running for the Minnesota Senate in Senate District 49 against Melisa Franzen to replace Senator Geoff Michel. Downey, like Michel voted for the amendment to limit marriage solely between one man and one woman.

Downey is also the campaign co-chair of Representative Kurt Bills’ campaign for the U.S. Senate against incumbent U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and like Downey & Michel, Bills supports the constitutional amendment to limit marriage solely between one man and one woman.

As the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representative Tip O’Neill famously said, “all politics is local…”  The “all politics is local” element for Downey is that Edina, the largest city in the new Senate District 49, passed a resolution opposing the constitutional amendment to limit marriage solely between one man and one woman.

What impact will Downey’s vote for the marriage amendment have on his race for the Minnesota Senate? Rick Weible, co-chair of the 3rd CD GOP told Politics In Minnesota “it was a tight race to begin with, and this just, depending on who shows up, this could make it tighter for [Downey].”  While Downey’s campaign message is focused on government reform, jobs and the economy, his support for the constitutional amendment to limit marriage solely between one man and one woman could be a deciding factor in his race.       

One Comment

  1. Central Minnesota Republican says:

    I’m reminded of the 2005 special election between Sen. Terri Bonoff and Judy Johnson. The race was close. Johnson botched a question on teaching creationism in the schools. That issue, which disappeared after that race, largely sent Terri Bonoff to the Senate. Generically, don’t think the amendments have an effect, but in a local, suburban race, this could be a factor.

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