Commentary

DFL pounces on Johnson’s “no clue” comment

DFL pounces on Johnson’s “no clue” comment

The Minnesota DFL pounced on comments made by Republican candidate for governor Jeff Johnson in yesterday’s debate by releasing a video of Johnson’s “no clue” answer to a question about how to define the middle class. Below is the Minnesota’s DFL video “Jeff Johnson has no clue“: As I wrote […]

Unwinding The SPIN: Jeff Johnson’s “no clue” candidacy is over

Unwinding The SPIN: Jeff Johnson’s “no clue” candidacy is over

I watched this morning’s gubernatorial debate between Governor Mark Dayton and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson. In my first tweet about the debate, I complimented Johnson’s opening statement. Johnson said he was running for governor “because someone needs to stand-up for the middle class” in Minnesota. In his brief opening remarks, […]

Unwinding The SPIN: McFadden’s campaign winning the “spin” war

Unwinding The SPIN: McFadden’s campaign winning the “spin” war

I spoke with a few reporters yesterday about what I am seeing in the last three weeks of the campaign cycle in Minnesota. I commented that I continue to see a strong effort from Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden’s campaign. The most recent example I cited was the […]

Unwinding The SPIN: Jeff Johnson complicates a cup of coffee

Unwinding The SPIN: Jeff Johnson complicates a cup of coffee

This post is not just about coffee, but it will start out with a discussion on coffee. Let me begin by telling you that I do not currently drink coffee. Three years ago, I tried it for a week. I liked the first few cups, but then stopped. I try […]

Balls & Strikes: Great move by McFadden’s campaign to replay debate

Balls & Strikes: Great move by McFadden’s campaign to replay debate

Balls & Strikes is a continued featured on politics.mn which focuses on examining the tactics and strategies of Minnesota politics, politicians and candidates. I’ve complemented and offered constructive criticism to both Republicans and Democrats. As a Republican, the opportunities to compliment the strategy and tactics of Republican campaigns in 2014 have […]

Balls & Strikes: McFadden’s campaign rebounds after poll

Balls & Strikes: McFadden’s campaign rebounds after poll

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden’s campaign staff started their day knowing a poll had been released the night before which showed McFadden trailing U.S. Senator Al Franken by 18 points. Having worked on more than one campaign that was behind in public polling by double-digits, I know how tough it […]

Balls & Strikes: McFadden is the “scrappy fighter” in ’14

Balls & Strikes: McFadden is the “scrappy fighter” in ’14

Yesterday’s U.S. Senate debate between U.S. Senator Al Franken and Republican Mike McFadden was a much different debate than Governor Mark Dayton’s debate with Republican Jeff Johnson and Independence Party candidate Hannah Nicollet. The performance of the Republican candidates and their campaigns yesterday provided political observers of both races with a […]

No “scrappy fighter” in first debate between Dayton & Johnson

No “scrappy fighter” in first debate between Dayton & Johnson

Governor Mark Dayton, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, and Independence Party candidate Hannah Nicollet all participated in the first of five gubernatorial debate last evening. The debate in Rochester was Johnson’s first opportunity to directly contrast his vision for Minnesota with Dayton’s record over the last four years. After Mike […]