I know I am a little jealous of DFLers in CD5. They have Keith Ellison as their Representative, while those of us in CD2 cope with John Kline as our Congressman. Representative Ellison is a true representative of his district. He is not just a congressman from the district. Ellison strongly advocates for what he believes in, and he works hard to support both his district and the state.
As far as I know, Representative Ellison is the first congressperson to endorse a candidate. I recently saw a video posted on Facebook that featured Rep. Ellison talking about endorsing Matt Entenza. Something occurred to me as a watched the video. It wasn’t why is Keith Ellison endorsing Entenza? It was why didn’t he endorse somebody else?
“Minnesota Central” made the comment on a recent poll blog that maybe we shouldn’t ask who we would vote for, rather we should ask who we feel should terminate their campaign. Rep. Ellison has already done that and answered the final question. He has eliminated at least nine other candidates, three of which he served with in the house, Kelliher, Thissen and Rukavine, and his mayor, Rybak.
It is interesting that he didn’t do the “safe” thing by stepping back and waiting to see who emerges. He is confident enough in Entenza that that he already has endorsed him. Ellison must knows something I don’t know — let me rephrase that, Rep. Ellison knows a lot more than I know, and he knows most of the candidates. He has decided to back Entenza.
Does it make you stop and think? I have narrowed my field down to a few candidates by eliminating candidates. I have eliminated those candidates based on superficial reason. I don’t really know any of the candidates. Why have I eliminated anybody? I know these candidates politically, through seeing them on TPT or reading about them online or in the paper. Everything I know about the candidates is second hand, or based on a politically “clean” presentation. I don’t know them at all.
I’d love to invite them over for dinner, or watch a game with them. But that isn’t feasible for the candidates, nor would they likely be their true selves. Candidates are always on stage. Being a good actor is important in an election, but being a good person is important to being a good governor. How do we know who the good people are if we don’t know them. So I’ll ask the question that won’t be answered — what does Keith Ellison know that I don’t know about those other candidates?