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Deja Vu: It's Senjem

Category: GOP Politics
Posted: 12/27/11 23:38

by Dave Mindeman

Deja Vu.

We are back to Sen. Dave Senjem as GOP Senate Leader. I didn't think he would be very likely choice because he has a moderate reputation....and very Rochester centric. But it's possible that with the new legislative session looming very quickly, a guy who has lead the caucus before was probably a palatable option.

The gambling lobby is probably pretty happy (and probably Zygi), as Senjem has been an advocate for racino in the past.

Rochester is happy. Senjem has been a solid advocate for Rochester interests.

We know who is probably happy. But who is unhappy?

That may play out over the next few days. It is significant that the entire leaderhip team turned over.

Senate Republicans also elected Sen. Roger Chamberlain,R-Lino Lakes, Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd, Sen. Ted Lillie, R-Lake Elmo, and Sen. Claire Robling,R-Jordan to serve as assistant majority leaders.

Three of the new assistant leaders are freshman legislators and one woman is on the team. Three of them are suburban. Gazelka is from Brainerd.

None of the previous leadership stayed in place.

The Uptake quoted Senjem....

Sen Senjem says no one should make a "big deal" that the entire GOP leadership team resigned.

Not a "big deal" but kind of a "big change" for consideration. I would love to have heard just a few minutes of the conversation in that room.

And we all await the reactions from the conservative factions.

On its face, this would seem to be a more cooperative choice in regards to dealing with Dayton. But it all depends on how much the entire caucus trusts Senjem to speak for them all. Was he elected with restrictions? We just have to wait and see.

In any event, Congrats to Sen. Senjem. At least I think congrats are in order....
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