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Continued: Minnesota GOP moves HQ into DFL stronghold in Minneapolis

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 9, 2013 - 11:00 PM

His brother is Al Juhnke, a former longtime DFL legislator who now works for U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.

“We are happy to serve coffee to everyone,” said Karl Juhnke, who like his brother is a Democrat. “Other than that, we will see how it goes with the rest of the neighborhood.”

Downey realizes that an office full of GOP activists might seem a bit out of place in a bastion of liberalism.

But just maybe, Downey said, some of their beliefs will appeal to the locals after a while, particularly issues of unemployment, wages and the achievement gap for minorities.

“I think we have a compelling story,” Downey said. “If you want a job and you want to raise a family, then you should take a serious look at us.”

Baird Helgeson • 651-925-5044

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