To: Dave Fitzsimmons, the Lucero delegates, the Minnesota Family Council, the Taxpayers League, the Media, and Mr. Lucero
From: Mitch Berg, Uppity Peasant
Re: The HD30B Convention
So many things to write to so many people. Let’s start at the top:
To Dave Fitzsimmons: Thanks for all you’ve done so far. I hope you come back and do more. You’re one of the best.
To Anyone Who’s Used This Incident To Say The GOP Is A Tiny-Tent Party: Nope. This is a sign that a candidate – Eric Lucero – got a slew of single-issue activists to bum-rush the caucuses on his behalf. It’s exactly how Michelle Bachmann and Kurt Bills got their respective nominations (for Congress in 2006 and US Senate in 2012, respectively).
You’ll note – if you are intellectually honest – that of the four Republicans who voted for the Marriage Amendment, Pat Garofalo cruised to an easy endorsement in Farmington, which is every bit as blood-red conservative as Wright County, and Jennifer Loon will do the same this next month in her neck of the woods (Andrea Kieffer, unfortunately, is retiring – but she’d have been re-endorsed in a walkover).
This is what happens, sometimes, in a party that truly embraces local control. The DFL would never have allowed this to happen, for better or worse – DFL money interests would already have the primary challenge planned and the votes paid for – and events like last Saturday aside, most of us believe it’s better our way.
To The Lucero Delegates: I heard the talk from Buffalo while I was on the air on Saturday. Many of you apparently came strictly to vote
for Lucero against Fitzsimmons; you agitated loudly to cut to the voting without bothering with all the other business that the district convenes to take care of. Many of you had never darkened the door of a GOP event, ever. You had your mind made up about one issue, and one issue only.
I wonder – what would you say if I asked you what Eric Lucero intends to do, if elected, about taxes? Booming social and HHS spending? The budget bloat? How he plans to work, potentially, in a minority, and at best with a single GOP chamber against a DFL senate and possibly Governor? What his legislative priorities might be, other than…
…well, what precisely are Luceros’ priorities? Because near as I can tell, the only agenda on which Lucero ran was punishing Fitzsimmons for one single solitary vote in the entire 2013 session.
We’ll come back to that.
The Minnesota Family Council and the Taxpayers League: What the f***? I mean, what the f***ing, f***ing f***? The Taxpayers League gave Fitzsimmons a perfect 100% score and labeled him a “Friend of the Taxpayer” – presumably because Fitz perfectly supported the TPL on its brief, cutting taxes and spending . And yet there was your former boss, Phil Krinkie, writing a scathing hit piece on TPL stationery, attacking Fitzsimmons, for reasons utterly opaque to me.
And the Minnesota Family Council? You gave Fitzsimmons a 92 out of 100 – up near the top, even in a legislature full of perfect 100s. And yet over one vote, over a stance Fitzsimmons took before the GOP fell into a complete minority absolutely ensuring the passage of gay marriage - via pushing legislation that was mostly your organization’s work, by the way – and, most likely, the eventual oppression of those who dissent against it, you threw him under the bus as hard as you could.
What precisely is a good rating from either of your organizations worth, again?
Shame on both of you organizations. You both harmed both of your causes immeasurably this week among the people who’ll be showing up next week, next month and next year, if you catch my drift.
The Media: Um, not every candidate you disagree with is Tea Party. Lucero certainly isn’t. The Tea Party largely stays out of social issues. Many of us Tea Partiers have strong social beliefs, but our priority is trying to forestall the mindless liberal governments in St Paul and Washington from completely collapsing the entire economy, if we can.
Mr. Lucero: I saw you speak two weeks ago, at a Tea Party event. Near as I can tell, you have two issues; re-fighting the 2013 marriage debate, and…data security.
Assuming you get elected – and Wright County is, at least, fairly safe GOP territory, with minimal chance of the DFL flipping the seat – by all means, Mr. Lucero, tell us; what do you stand for that is material to the coming session. Because Gay Marriage ain’t coming up.
Taxes? Fighting a DFL Senate and possibly Governor? Fighting against the DFL’s drive to institute as much control over this state as it can? Getting the budget under control? Exporting conservatism from the third-tier suburbs into the parts of the state that need it?
You have some huge shoes to fill. Go ahead – convince those of us who work more than one issue that you’re fit to hold Dave Fitzsimmons’ briefcase.
That is all.