Among the maze of down-ticket races on my ballot is the Ramsey County Attorney race.
The race currently pits John Choi – a higher-up at the Saint Paul City Attorney’s office, and therefore part of the Saint Paul DFL machine, and hand-picked successor to former DFL gubernatorial hopeful Susan Gaertner – against David Schultz, who takes pains to point out that he is not the same Dave Schultz who is the poli-sci professor at Hamline University.
Schultz points out something interesting in a campaign email:
On some of [Choi’s] lawn signs in the city, he displays his DFL endorsement; on his lawn signs in the suburbs, he does not. In the literature he sends to Democrats he prominently displays his DFL endorsement and quotes Mayor Chris Coleman; in his literature sent to others, he conceals the DFL endorsement and his ties to the party.
Schultz points out…:
I send the same literature to everyone – Democrat, Republican, and Independent. I don’t change who I am depending on my audience.
Is it a sign that the DFL brand is past its shelf-life in the ‘burbs?
We’ll find out tomorrow.