We hear DFL Endorsed candidate has doubled down on the name Erin and tapped fellow freshman Rep Erin Maye Quade (DFL-57A, Apple Valley). Maye Quade is an articulate, sharp debater and instrumental in bringing sexual harassment in the legislature to the foreground. She is the only member of the House to turn her district from red to blue and offers an opportunity to concentrate the focus for the DFL in the legislature to the greater metropolitan area, including the suburbs.

This will shift the DFL focus from the need to always chase the elusive Greater Minnesota vote, which tends to operate counter to the trend line of the new party establishment.

This means the DFL ticket will be seen in the following fashion three women at the top US Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Tina Smith (D-MN) and now Erin Murphy to be enhanced with Maye Quade, a lesbian, Matt Pelikan a gay male, Secretary of State Steve Simon heterosexual male, and with the State Auditor’s race pending either another woman in Julie Blaha (D-MN) or Jon Tollefson (D-MN) also a gay male.