Three candidates are vying for the DFL endorsement to face Rep. John Kline (R-MN) in November. Patrick Ganey is a Northfield City Council Member. Kathleen Gaylord is a Dakota County Commissioner. Mike Obermueller was in the State House.
Because MN-02 is now a winnable seat for the DFL, I want to talk about the bottom line for these three candidates: fundraising.
In 2008, I thought Steve Sarvi was a great candidate except that he couldn’t raise much money. In 2010, I liked Dan Powers, but he had the same problem. I’m fairly confident I’ll like all three current candidates once I get to know them.
I know Mike. He’s an incredibly hard campaigner. He will outwork anyone. Dave Mindeman at mnpACT! interviewed him about this race. Mike set a goal of raising $1.2 million. So he gets it.
Patrick is a fundraiser by trade. You can read Mindeman’s interview here. He’ll understand how important money is in making a candidate legitimate.
Kathleen was South Saint Paul’s mayor for two terms and has been a Commissioner for a decade. She’s not a political newbie. With her nearly 20 years of political networking, fundraising shouldn’t a problem, right? Dave Mindman promised to have an interview up soon with Kathleen.
I’m only interested in the candidate who can show me the money. Show me you can raise $300,000 by the end of June and I’ll take you seriously. You got slightly two and a half months to do this.
Otherwise, its the same old problems we’ve always had in MN-02. No money, no help from the DCCC, no national PACs bashing Kline, little help from the DFL because its not worth it, no momentum, no TV ads, no nothing except for another easy victory for John Kline.