Dayton Slams Potential Successor Tim Pawlenty in Interview
Gov. Mark Dayton offered up some pointed criticism of Republican Tim Pawlenty, a former Minnesota Governor who’s chosen to run for the post again in this year’s election.
In a conversation with the Star Tribune, Dayton said he felt that Pawlenty left Minnesota “in disastrous financial shape.” Pawlenty, the last Republican to win a statewide race in Minnesota, served as governor for two terms, ending his tenure in 2010. Dayton, a Democratic-Farmer-Labor party member, was elected in 2011.
“I don’t know what he’s going to run on because his record as governor was so abysmal,” said Dayton.
Dayton has willingly chosen not to run for re-election, but it’s expected that if Pawlenty won, he would seek to undo much of Dayton’s legacy.
Pawlenty’s key campaign foundation has been saving Minnesota and better preparing the state for the future, but Dayton implies there’s no “saving” needed. Dayton boasted about the improvements he’s made, including overseeing the addition of 290,000 people into the workforce, and improving quality of life measures for populations like women and the elderly.
The primaries for Minnesota’s Governor race are scheduled for August 15, and the general election is scheduled for November 6.