June 03, 2018 10:12 PM
State Rep. Erin Murphy has named Rep. Erin Maye Quade as her running mate as she heads toward a primary in her bid for governor.
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Murphy was endorsed by Democratic delegates in Rochester on Saturday. She defeated U.S. Rep. Tim Walz and State Auditor Rebecca Otto.
Murphy's campaign announced her running mate Sunday. Maye Quade is a first-term Democratic lawmaker who rose to prominence last year after accusing male legislators of sexual harassment. Both men later resigned.
She also staged an overnight sit-in on the House floor in April to protest lack of action on gun control legislation.
Maye Quade was a political organizer for both President Barack Obama’s and Governor Mark Dayton’s campaigns.
She was elected as state representative in 2016.
“Minnesotans don't want or need a Wallstreet lobbyist,” Maye Quade said. “They need the heart and tenacity and the vision of a nurse, and the passion and experienced leadership of an organizer.”
Murphy was the sole Democratic candidate in the three-way race for governor not to pick a running mate before the convention weekend.
Before the November election, they will once again face Walz. He plans to stay in the race despite losing the endorsement after six ballots.
“Clearly there was a split at the DFL convention between the progressives and the labor factions who would rally behind Erin Murphy, and the more moderate folks who had rallied around Congressman Walz,” Larry Jacobs said.
Jacobs is the director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School.
He added it’s a party division reflected across the country.
Jacobs called Murphy a “good campaigner,” but said Walz will have more money and a broader base of support.
The DFL candidate who wins in the Aug. 14 primary faces the Republican challenger with less money and more fatigue, Jacobs said. There's a lot at stake.
“The battle for the Governor's race is probably the most significant political face-off in November,” he said.
The GOP already controls the House and Senate.
Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson has the Republican endorsement. He faces former Governor Tim Pawlenty in the primary. Pawlenty did not attend the convention.
“Jeff Johnson is mobilizing support among conservatives, among those who support President Trump by reminding them that Tim Pawlenty had been against candidate Trump,” Jacobs said.
Jacobs thinks Pawlenty would’ve lost if he sought the party’s nomination.
“Tim Pawlenty certainly has a big advantage going into the primary because of the funding, and because of the name recognition,” Jacobs said. “On the other hand, Jeff Johnson looks like he's putting together a powerful coalition among conservatives and Trump supporters in the state.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
Updated: June 03, 2018 10:12 PM
Created: June 03, 2018 04:09 PM
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