Posted: 02/08/16 20:15
by Dave Mindeman
Congressman John Kline is not thrilled with the GOP field looking to succeed him. He is not endorsing anybody...he is not even impressed with anybody.
Kline isn't making any secret of his wish that Mary Pawlenty would have gotten into the race. It even looks like he was the main recruiter on that one.
"I talked to her and talked to her," Kline said of Pawlenty, the wife of former governor Tim Pawlenty. "I actually thought she was going to get in. If she had gotten in, we wouldn't be having this conversation. The others would not have gotten in, for the most part, and Mary would win in November."
But after repeated attempts to persuade her, Kline is left to assess the field that is there. And, apparently, he doesn't think it has much to offer.
His main criticism centers around their ability to raise money. Wow. There's a surprise. Kline still has a hefty bank vault to work with in his own campaign fund, so he knows what he speaks of....but I do not see him offering any of his coffers to this group.
We know he doesn't have the time of day for Gerson (and vice versa) since Gerson ran against him for party endorsement twice and was a primary opponent once. He was dismissive of Howe and Myhra because of the lack of fundraising...even though Howe has put a significant sum of his own money into the campaign. And strangely enough, he thinks Jason Lewis may be too far right to be competitive....imagine that one.....
"He spent a lot of time -- his life -- with a microphone in front of him so he speaks well. He hasn't raised money like I think he needs to, so we'll have to see how that plays out. Jason of course has to be a little bit careful because he spent a lot of years making himself 'Mr. Right' and so he'll have to work that. He's a smart guy so we'll see how he works through that."
Odd comments coming from a Congressman who lived and breathed the right wing agenda.
But it would seem that Kline holds out hope for Darlene Miller.....
Kline spoke most warmly of Miller, the latest entrant to the race. Her campaign is being run by a former Kline aide. "The new arrival, Darlene Miller, brings a lot," he said. "Clearly one of the things she needs to bring is the ability to raise money."
As the MN Political Roundtable blog has pointed out, fundraising may end up being one of Darlene Miller's strengths...
Candidate Miller has announced her team ... with Steve Ralls as Campaign Treasurer.....Steve Ralls is about as Washington as you can get ... political treasurer is his game. Steve Ralls is a name known throughout the halls of Congress ... just ask Paul DeMarco, Jeff Fortenberry, Shelly Moore Capito, Markwayne Mullin, Ben Sasse, Mike Thompson, Rob Wittman, just to name a few politicians who have used his services.
He has the connections that Kline likes to see.
Kline didn't mention the fact that Miller has no intention of abiding by the endorsement...nor the fact that her website does not even identify her as a Republican.
Kline is withholding his coronation endorsement.
He is not impressed with this field....and he is not alone.