It is official today. I have narrowed my choice for governor down to one candidate, Paul Thissen. It is not like this is a momentous occasion or anything; I just want to be open about it as we get down to crunch time. The only reason I am even announcing my choice is because a couple people have speculated that I lean too much to one candidate or another. One friend even told me I was obviously a “closet Mark Dayton” supporter. I like most of the candidates and think most of them, if not all of them, could win the general election. But, since I have decided to support Paul Thissen, I felt it was worthwhile to post it.
While I will be supporting Paul personally, I still plan on maintaining a level of impartiality on MNDem.com. I think it is important to keep working to November. Any one of ten candidates might make it that far, and I would support that candidate. That said, I will attend the caucus in five weeks with the intention of attending the SD36 convention as a Thissen supporter.
So why do I like Paul? I think he is intelligent, energetic and optimistic. He is authentic, and I think he connects with people. He cares about people, and realizes the importance of healthcare for all. Paul Thissen is concerned about Minnesota families as they struggle to survive in this economy. He is looking to the future to make things better for the long run, not just from election cycle to election cycle. I think what Paul Thissen brings to the table is what the future of the DFL party needs to be. In that sense, Paul Thissen may be the future of the DFL.