The Free Press, Mankato, MN


November 10, 2012

Our View: DFL comes in talking moderation


Some Republicans are hoping the DFL will make the same mistake the GOP did — overreach, as it did with the constitutional amendments that took it off message of jobs and the economy. Because of that overreach, a whole slew of first-time Republicans lost their seniority.

DFL analyst Todd Rapp reportedly said “a lot of (newly elected lawmakers) heard at the door, ‘We want to figure out a way for you to reach across the aisle and work with the other party,’ and they feel a commitment to that.”

Our area legislators can help with that transition. A number of regional lawmakers retained their seats and they could provide mentoring to the newly elected. DFL Rep. Kathy Brynaert won re-election handily and continues to serve along with DFLers Sen. Kathy Sheran and Rep. Terry Morrow, who ran unopposed. They join GOP lawmakers Sen. Julie Rosen and Rep Bob Gunther, who were re-elected, as well as Rep. Tony Cornish, who was unopposed.

Now more than ever these regional lawmakers, working together, can help all outstate lawmakers by example and work for compromise as Rosen and Morrow did with the Vikings stadium. The greatest strength lawmakers can show getting ready for 2014 or 2016 is their proven ability to work across the aisle.

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