11:55 – I voted. And now I have to head home. Back tomorrow!
11:21 – First ballot in for Auditor.
- Conlon (who dropped out during his speech) – 5
- Wiita – 327
- Gilbert – 548
- Anderson – 860
1078 are required to get the endorsement. Rumor has it that Wiita is a friend of Gilbert’s. You do the math. This could be a long night.
11:08 – We’re informed the Auditor results are coming. Soon. Still debating picayune resolutions – the bane of these proceedings. “a resolution in favor of a constitutional form of money”. That’s what we’re talking about.
10:59 – Waiting on the auditor vote to come in. And waiting. They’re debating resolutions right now.
10:30 – Finally back. I appeared with Marty Owings on KFAI. Then I had to dash back to my district to vote for State Auditor. We’re waiting for the results…and there’s Kohls with the gavel.
9:21 – Pat is on now. I’ve been called to do a standup with KFAI. Switch to Eckernet for updates for the next few minutes.
9:16 – We’ll start the speeches for Auditor now. Watching the Anderson video now.
8:57 – Motion on the floor to unanimously endorse Chris Barden. He’ll make a great replacement for Lori Swanson.
8:54 – The convention has unanimously endorsed Severson to run for Secretary of State.
8:49 – Sorry – I’ve been talking with Tim Burke. Dan Severson is on stage. I believe he’s running unopposed for Secretary of State. Huge crowd of red-clad sign waving supporters onstage.
8:12 – Lee Byberg on the stage. Endorsed candidate for CD7 – Collin Peterson’s district. He’s got a thick Norwegian accent; I did not know this. Him, I gotta book on the show.
“This is the American dream! Have you ever heard of the German dream? The French dream? even the Norwegian dream? Let me tell you, they have those dreams. They’re in America!”
“We are born American; it’s time to recommitt ourselves to the American spirit – to be come twice as committed to the American dream! This is my story! Our goal is not just to beat Colin Peterson – but to win the next generation!”
Byberg is tearing it up; Norwegians and “inspirational speaking” aren’t necessarily synonymous, but he’s got the mojo. Saying all the right things to whip up the crowd. After that rules debate, it’s nice to have the crowd whipped up.
8:06 – “Here’s a Constitution; it’s what I expect you to hold me and all of Congress to! And once we do that, we will get the budget under control!”
8:04 – Jeff Johnson introduces Teresa Collette, St. Thomas law professor, endorsed to take on the “somewhat less brilliant” Betty McCollum.
7:59 – Pat Anderson is a row ahead, talking with (I think ) Bill Salisbury. I’m going to try to scrag an interview with her.
7:55 -By the way – yeah, it’s white in here. Just like a good chunk of Minnesota. But I’m seeing all kinds of people here; black, Asian, Latino – my Senate District has an Iranian. Or, as we refer to everyone, “Americans”. Just so we’re clear on that.
7:54 – More rules debates. Chatted with Charlie Shaw, my old pal from St. Paul Legal Ledger and Politics in Minnesota. Looking like a fun night in the press pit!
7:46 – “This is bulls**t”, says a leader from SD54. “They’re letting everyone talk about…roll calls?” They’ve spent a good 20 minutes debating the idea of the roll call…”
7:38 – I’ve just figured out why more people don’t get involved in politics; Rules Committee debate.
7:35 – Mark Drake from the MNGOP tells us that the nominating committee has placed Emmer, Seifert, Haas, Herwig and Davis in nomination. Bob Carney apparently didn’t meet the threshold of signatures to make the cut. I had no idea he was trying. And I am astounded that Davis made it…
7:25 – I’m sitting with Kevin Ecker from Eckernet. Michael Brodkorb is giving the Rules Committee report.
Kevin and I are looking at the huge lime-green Phil Herwig banner above the arena, and thinking he might have chosen a better motto; “Change We Can Believe In“. Thinking this may not be Phil’s year.
7:20 – I’m actually a delegate in 66B this year – but I’ll be spending as much in the evening in the press pit as I can. There’s elbow room, and easy access to the bathroom. Hopefully nobody squawks; given that the only seat left was about 20 easts in from the aisle and people are jammed together pretty tightly.