Help Wanted in Minnesota

I had a long telephone conversation with Sue Jeffers last night. I had called to confirm the rumors I’d been hearing about the resignation of her campaign manager, but we ended up talking about politics for a bit. I was very favorably impressed with her command of the issues and her political acumen. Here’s the release they put out about her former campaign manager:

St. Paul, MN – Sue Jeffers, the recently announced Republican candidate for governor, accepted the resignation of her campaign manager today. Dan Coleman submitted his letter of resignation, citing health concerns and philosophical differences as his reasons for departing.

“[This] in no way diminishes my admiration for you and what you are trying to achieve,” he said.

“My staff and I wish Dan a speedy recovery, and wish him well in his future endeavors. His duties will be assumed by my capable staff,” Jeffers said of Coleman’s departure.

I know several members of her key campaign team and have full confidence in their ability to keep things running while they look for a suitable replacement for Coleman.

Stephen Gordon

I like tasteful cigars, private property, American whiskey, fast cars, hot women, pre-bailout Jeeps, fine dining, worthwhile literature, low taxes, original music, personal privacy and self-defense rights -- but not necessarily in this order.

  1. I met Dan at the LPWI and LPMN conventions, and spoke with him quite a bit.

    He said he was a lobbyist rather than a Libertarian, although he said he admired Sue Jeffers.

    I’d peg him as a conservative libertarian from what I know.

    I’d be willing to bet he has worked with many republican candidates, I’m sure the MN LP knows more.

  2. Jeffords is a strong candidate…. I was going to say “but she’s not much of a libertarian,” based on some of the things I read on her site, but I went to review her issues page to cite examples of authoritarianism, and she has rewritten her platform. I swear she had stuff about building more prisons and adding mandatory years to crimes committed in certain circumstances (while simulatenously, and hypocritcally, opposing hate crime legislation). I hope her altered platform has come with actual changes in her positions, not just rewrites to satisify libertarian doctrine.

  3. I’m no longer “in the loop”, but I would say Sue is someone who is relatively new to libertarian philosophy. She is probably not a 100/100 on the WSPQ, but is moving in the correct direction.

    I’m not sure about the whole R deal, but she seems to be taking the pragmatic approach. This will certainly raise the hackles of purists…

    Give her some time, and she might satisfy purists in a few years. (Unless she wins and gets corrupted :-)

  4. I don’t care that she’s seeking the R nomination–it is probably a good move. I don’t like her position on immigration, but hey, no candidate is perfect. There WAS something in her old platform that really upset me, but whatever it was, it has been changed/removed and I can’t remember it anyway, so it couldn’t be that bad. I think I’ll send her a small donation.

  5. Sue’s campaign and the LPMN *will* be petitioning for ballot access for Sue as a Libertarian this summer. What Sue decides come primary time is her decision, but we expect that there will be an L on the ballot this November, though there is a distant possibility the RPM Convention could have impact.