Saturday, September 6, 2008

Your View: Davis is delegates' choice

By Linda Pettman, Mankato

Mankato Free Press
September 05, 2008 11:05 pm—

Sen. Dick Day recently mailed out a flyer claiming that only 160 “party insiders” had chosen the Republican candidate for Congress in the 1st District.As one who has sought and received the endorsement of “party insiders” numerous times, Day knows that, through the representative process, those 160 1st District delegates represented Republican caucus attendees and BPOU (county or senate district) delegates throughout the 1st District.

At each level, voters’ selection of delegates to the next level was largely or wholly influenced by which candidates the delegate would support at the next level.Brian Davis has great support at each level of the process because Republicans understood that we need more experts in Congress, not more politicians.First District delegates chose Davis because he offers critical expertise in both health care and the energy field, in addition to representing 1st District values and concerns.

Day’s flyer also states, “You know where he stands.” Yet, over the course of many months, Day repeatedly promised to abide by the endorsement decision, only to change his mind late in the process, when it became obvious he could not win that endorsement.

To me, it is reminiscent of the boy who says, “If you won’t let me be the pitcher, I’m going to take my ball and go home.”Let’s send an expert, not a politician, to Congress.