DFL Secretary of State candidate Steve Simon hasn’t had the easiest time of it.
First, he barely squeaked through his own DFL primary – getting 42% against a longtime perennial candidate and a future perennial candidate, in a primary race that should have been a coronation.
Of course, he’s up against Dan Severson, a candidate with – alone among the MNGOP’s state office candidates – high name recognition, from a previous SecState and Senate run. Severson is also the single prominent Republican who’s made a significant priority of reaching out to Latino, H’Mong, Somali and other immigrants.
Rumors – and that’s all I have to go by so far, but they’re from fairly reliable sources – indicate that internal polling in both parties show that Severson is the only statewide GOP candidate to lead in the polls a month before the election.
The DFL reaction was predictable; the facts against them, they went for the sleaze. The “progressive” alt-media’s attempt to paint Severson as a confederate sympathizer because of the color scheme on his lawn signs was not only idiotic, but transparently desperate.
It’s only getting worse for Simon.
Vote Suppression! – This morning, Severson held a press conference in which he pointed out the known fact that 5% of Minnesota’s servicepeople and their families serving overseas get their votes counted – a travesty – and that…:
- Mark Richie’s state department sent out a memo advising county election authorities on ways to legally reject military absentee ballots (active-duty military votes around 3/4 conservative Republican), and…
- Simon – whose campaign lit says he wants to emulate Richie – co-authored a bill that exempted the military from an attempt to smooth out the absentee voting process. In other words, a bill that made absentee voting easier for college students and other itinerant but reliable Democrat voters specifically left out the military.
And unlike most press conferences for constitutional office races, the media actually showed up.
Perhaps because of one of the other attendees.
Captain Smith Leaves The Bridge: MNDFL chair Ken Martin attended the press conference.
Let’s let that roll around your head a little bit.
The chair of the DFL party, who is working hard to find a way to keep the DFL from losing the House, but whose state office slate is purportedly already measuring the drapes in the Governor, State Auditor and Attorney General races, is taking time out to pimp for a candidate that should be a shoo-in.
Why is that? Because Simon is losing? And because if Severson wins, we can finally get answers about the rot and corruption in the state’s election system?
We’ll find out soon enough.
Oh, Martin’s whole line was claiming Severson is a “conspiracy theorist. Of course, the numbers are real, as was the fact that Steve Simon is listed in black and white, as co-author of a bill that exempts the military from absentee vote reforms.
And the media (!) actually pushed back on Martin, asking him if the DFL had erred in exempting the military from the reforms, which means the conspiracy is apparently on the DFL side of the aisle…
Anyway – more tomorrow.