Tomorrow, prior to the Humphrey/Mondale Dinner a Governor’s Reception is scheduled for 3:30-4:30 PM at the Minneapolis Convention Center. We understand the faith-based organization ISAIAH is planning to protest the entire event including the dinner with keynote speaker US Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). We are hearing Duckworth will only attend if US Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) attends.
All the announced DFL candidates for governor Rep Tim Walz (D-01MN), State Auditor Rebecca Otto (DFL), Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL-26A, Rochester), and Rep Erin Murphy (DFL-64A, St Paul) all will not be attending the gathering. St Paul Mayor Chris Coleman (DFL) was already not attending due to a family conflict. Liebling intends to join the protest.
The reason for the protest is opposition to Governor Mark Dayton’s (DFL) signature on the legislation containing the provision denying the Commissioner of Transportation to allow driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.
The increased attention Dayton will receive should create a great deal of discomfort. He always seems uncomfortable in large groups and is often awkward at times. There has been speculation about whether he could be on the autism spectrum and identified as having Asperger’s Syndrome.
In addition to the gubernatorial candidates boycotting the dinner Attorney General Candidate Rep John Lesch (DFL-66B, St Paul) is also forgoing the dinner, but has asked that the money he paid for his table be used to assist in training political organizers in new immigrant communities.