Posted: 04/22/14 01:07, Edited: 04/22/14 01:08
by Dave Mindeman
Al Franken is up for election this year and there are a number of Republicans that want to take his job. Who will be the last person standing? Well, again, its fun to speculate. Here we go:
4. Rep. Jim Abeler - Abeler appears to have entered this race as a kind of alternative candidate. After all, he was a member of the Override Six and it would seem he thought he could appeal beyond the base. Unfortunately, he doesn't appear to appeal to any faction, and it looks like he will be the first casualty.
3. Commissioner Chris Dahlberg - Dahlberg kind of hangs around hoping that the two top tier candidates stumble. He has had some backing from media mogul Stanley Hubbard, but hasn't caught on with anybody else. He is treading water financially - his best shot is a credible showing at the convention. He is abiding by the endorsement because he really doesn't have much choice.
2. State Sen. Julianne Ortman - I used to think that Ortman was a very distant second, but I don't think that anymore. She has had a cash infusion of late and seems to be on track to win an easy endorsement at next month's convention. That would be a boost that will make her competitive in the primary. She has decent name recognition and is showing some willingness to do battle.
1. Mike McFadden - McFadden has been described as a Romney Clone. He is a financial analyst with virtually no political experience...and he has been doing a poor job of handling the press and outlining positions. So why is he still in first place? Just money. Lots of money. However, going forward he looks awfully vulnerable. Ortman is a much closer second than she was a month ago.
From my perspective, and granted, it is a biased one, Al Franken looks to be in pretty good position. These four candidates all have serious flaws that the Franken campaign will probably exploit. Still, a lot of outside money could come raining down if an opportunity presents itself.
So far, Franken's own fundraising has discouraged that influx.