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McFadden’s fundraising prowess reveals his appeal to the GOP business/political complex, both in Minnesota and nationally. It also betrays the disdain of the GOP donor class for this state’s party endorsement process, which two years ago served up the ineffectual Kurt Bills against DFL U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Klobuchar won re-election with 65 percent of the vote.
In 2012, Bills was little-known and ill-prepared. He had spent just one term in the state House, had no record of legislative or community leadership, and was given to spouting Tea Party talking points rather than displaying real knowledge about public policy or Minnesota.
McFadden may be no Mitt Romney. More’s the point: Ortman is no Kurt Bills.
Lori Sturdevant is a Star Tribune editorial writer and columnist. She is at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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