Getting Back on the RIGHT Track
The message of change was the foundation of President Barack Obama’s campaign, now Republicans are rallying around a similar message as they prepare for the 2010 elections.
Local Republicans came together, Thursday, at Tobies in Hinckley to discuss the direction of the party. Rudy Takala coordinated the event. Takala has already thrown his hat in the ring for the District 8B State Representative race next election. He said Thursday’s meeting is about more than just the party.
The group heard from party leaders like Chairman of the Minnesota GOP Tony Sutton. Sutton spoke to crowd for about 50 minutes with the overall theme of his speech centered around restoring faith in the conservative movement.
Republicans in Minnesota and nationally suffered a setback this week, when Democrat Al Franken took his U.S. Senate seat, months after a highly contested election with Republican Norm Coleman. Franken joins fellow Democrat Amy Klobuchar as Minnesota’s two U.S. Senators Locally, Democrats controlled the majority of the races last election. Tim Faust, Bill Hilty and Jeremy Kalin all won seats for the state House. Rick Olseen and Tony Lourey, both members of the DFL, serve as state Senators. Congressman Jim Oberstar has served Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District since 1975.
Another race that is sure to grab headlines in the coming months is that for Minnesota governor. Republican Tim Pawlenty will not seek re-election, meaning the field is wide open for candidates of all parties.
Two Republican candidates for the governor’s seat were on hand at Tobies. Tom Emmer and Pat Anderson both spoke on rebuilding strength in the party.
Political leaders are not the only ones who are calling for change. Local residents are looking for a strong voice and presence as well. Pine County resident Abraham Mach addressed the group with an impassioned speech.