Why do these ten candidates really want to be governor of Minnesota? What are their true inner motivations? They're not saying. In Toastmasters, if you don't give the Toastmaster of the Day an introduction, they get to make something up. I did ask this question of all ten candidates but did not get a response back from any of them. Since I'm home alone today on Christmas Eve, and will be tonight as well, I'm kind of bored. This is my first time ever to be all alone on Christmas Eve. (I'm not counting my whiny cat.) So here goes. The real reasons why these candidates want to be governor.
Tom Bakk - He's kind of an unknown to most of Minnesota. If he runs for governor, everyone will know who he is. Then he can write a book. Just like Jesse did.
Mark Dayton - He doesn't need the money or the fame, so his motivation must be altruistic. He has no reason to feel bad about his Senate years, but he does anyway, just cause that's the kind of guy he is. Humble and shy. And always looking out for the best interests of the people of Minnesota, whether others appreciate his good deeds or not. The media rags were not kind to him in those years. Winning the governorship and making this a truly better Minnesota is his chance to redeem himself in the eyes of his beloved Minnesotans. His motivation is redemption.
Matt Entenza - He's hard to figure. He doesn't need the money. I think he's running so people won't call him Mr. Quam anymore.
Susan Gaertner - She wants to fully prosecute the Republicans of Minnesota. She has the law on her side. Besides, she wants to prove that she really can get it done.
Steve Kelley - He is determined to be a winner. He's got tenacity. He wants to prove he can really win.
Margaret Anderson Kelliher - Speaker of the House, Governor of Minnesota...then what? President of the United States? I'll bet that's her motivation.
John Marty - If he is governor, he can make sure that the Minnesota Health Plan gets passed and becomes law. That's altruistic too.
Tom Rukavina - If he becomes governor, he will grow in grace and stature. It's a big thing that he's doing.
R. T. Rybak - I'll bet he has his eye on the presidency, too. I'll bet my life's savings.
Paul Thissen - Hmmmm...I don't know. This is a hard one. I think he really is the Roy Rogers type and really wants Minnesota to improve. What else would he want? He's already got everything else. Looks, intelligence, nice personality. He could write a book afterwards, too.