As we all know by now, Mark Dayton disclosed some very personal issues to the Star Tribune. He later agreed to an interview with MPR. Here's the interview. Listen to it and then read my take.
What I hear is a good man telling the public about some health issues that he has been dealing with. He thinks that the voters have a right to know. I admire his courage in revealing these things. Hopefully his frankness will mean that more people will understand about depression and alcoholism. These are two illnesses that affect thousands and thousands of people, yet they both remain misunderstood to a large degree. The social stigma is better than it was fifty years ago, but we still have a ways to go.
As you heard in the audio, Dayton has these medical issues completely under control with a healthy diet, daily exercise and the care of a good physician. I see no reason whatsoever why he shouldn't continue his campaign for governor of Minnesota. I believe, without any doubt, that Mark Dayton could conceivably be the best governor that Minnesota has ever had.
Mark Dayton has thirty-four years of government experience. He's well known for the generous way in which he helps others by giving of his time and his financial resources. He truly cares about Minnesota and its people. When's the last time we had a governor who has really cared? What a difference this will make from what we've had for the last twenty years.
This is a man who is concerned about the direction that Minnesota has been going. He wants to change it. He wants to give us a Better Minnesota. He knows how to do it. He knows what it takes. In his younger days, his mentors were Walter Mondale, Rudy Perpich and Paul Wellstone. His political hero was Bobby Kennedy. He has always had a soft spot in his heart for the downtrodden and underprivileged. Mark Dayton is a man who can easily associate with anyone no matter the race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender or sexual orientation. He has done so much for veterans and seniors, as well.
One of his most admirable qualities is knowing what a problem is and what to do to fix it. Dayton realized he had a health issue and sought immediate help for it. What a far better world this would be if everyone would do that. Most people deny that there is even a problem. Mark Dayton not only admitted it but sought help to fix it. He now takes his health very seriously and has embarked on a healthy routine each day in order to enjoy maximum health. It's apparent in the picture above that Mark is blooming with health and good cheer.
Please join me in voting for Mark Dayton for the next governor of Minnesota.