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October 18, 2006

Speaker Sviggum stumps for local candidates

NORTH MANKATO — House Speaker Steve Sviggum admits Republican candidates are “running into a bit of a headwind” because of congressional scandals and the unpopularity of the war.

But Sviggum said state Republican candidates have plenty of good issues to run on — job growth, good management of the state budget and property-tax reform ideas.

Besides, he said, “It’s very unfair to refer to a congressman in Florida and relate it to a state candidate in North Mankato.” The speaker was referring to Mark Foley, the Florida congressman who resigned after a scandal involving sexual e-mails to pages.

Sviggum made a stop at Dunn Bros. in North Mankato to support House District 23A candidate Andy Davis and District 23B candidate Luke Robinson. Davis faces Democrat Terry Morrow and Robinson faces Democrat Kathy Brynaert.

Sviggum, who spent the day on a swing through southwestern Minnesota in support of House candidates, said the two local campaigns are among 25 to 30 key races in the state.

“These 25 or 30 seats, that’s where the majority in the House will hinge.”

Sviggum said there is a good chance Democrats will maintain a majority in the Senate, and said it was important to keep “balance” by maintaining a majority in the House.

“It’s bigger than North Mankato, it’s bigger than Mankato. These (races) are an indication of how the state will go.”

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