Hatch has chosen Judi Dutcher as his running mate. Anyone who has been even remotely following the DFL race for governor should not be surprised by this choice. It has been the worst kept secret in politics as of late. I confirmed this almost two weeks ago from a very reliable source.
Here is the message from Hatch's campaign site:
We now have a convention behind us, and I am pleased that Judi Dutcher has joined our ticket.
Our last poll was taken before the Republican convention, and we were ahead of the Governor by a narrow margin, with 13 percent of voters undecided. Undecided voters indicate that they want a new Governor, but need to know more about me. I believe that the Governor's gaffe at the Republican convention, combined with our endorsement at the Democratic convention and the addition of Judi, puts us in a very good position for the general election.
I promised to recruit a lieutenant governor who would make an excellent governor, and with Judi Dutcher, I accomplished this task. Judi is a big plus for the campaign. She won two statewide elections as Auditor and earned kudos from local government and state officials for her energy, wit, and courage. She was one of the first public officials to challenge the extreme elements that have taken control of the Republican Party, and she eventually had to leave the party to join the Democrats. She was warmly embraced by the Democrats and was supported by a broad and deep network of people in her 2002 gubernatorial bid. Over the past four years, she has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Minnesota Community Foundation, a large philanthropic institution that serves Greater Minnesota. As CEO, Judi witnessed the impact of the Governor's budget cuts to rural communities. For instance, her foundation purchased a fire truck for Fairmont because the Governor's cuts gutted the city's public safety budget. In other communities, the foundation helped with infrastructure items as basic as sidewalks because of the Pawlenty cuts.
We balance the ticket quite well. I am from Greater Minnesota, and Judi is from the metropolitan area. We both received the benefits of a strong Minnesota educational system, and we will fulfill the role of every administration, except the current one, in acting as a guardian for the next generation.
Judi will play a strong role in the Administration. I have dedicated my public life over the last 20 years to exposing the health care mess, and Judi's leadership will allow me to focus even more energy on this issue.
I take great pride that I can recruit the best and the brightest in government service. I believe Judi's participation continues this tradition of excellence.
This campaign will decide the long-term direction of this state. We need money to win. The Governor and his party are well-financed, and they already have demonstrated a willingness to be negative. Your help has gotten us over the endorsement hurdle, and we now lead in the polls. If we raise the money we need, we will win this election. There has never been a more important time to contribute . Whether its $100, $50, or whatever you can afford, please make your contribution on-line today. Your financial commitment to this campaign is greatly appreciated and will be prudently used.
I thank you for your help!
This should be fun, Hatch is trying to soften up his image, but most Minnesotans recognize that he is an angry liberal!!!!