Mark Dayton’s oh-so-predictable announcement that he is, yawn, reentering politics bolsters the DFL’s glass ceiling limiting ordinary citizens interested in serving at the highest levels of public service.
Dayton, Kloubachar, Freeman, Humphrey, Mondale, Dutcher… Puh-lease. The party of equal opportunity for all continues it’s embarrassing record of being dominated at its heights by those who received, as a birthright, a marketable name and/or a marketing budget.
Sure there have been plenty of exceptions – Moe, Growe, Perpich, Hatch, and many others. And wealthy candidates such as Ciresi, Doran and Franken are in a different category, since they earned their fame and fortune the American way, after birth. But a political party that is all about equal opportunity needs to put forth such self-made people much more consistently.
I was fortunate enough to work with Humphrey III, an incredibly honorable man who achieved amazing things on his own once in office, as have many of the aforementioned. None of this is intended to diminish their record of service. But it’s time for Democrats to break out of this embarrassing pattern, and support more candidates born without a household name or household staff.
— Joe Loveland