With no ado, DFL Chair Ken Martin elected to a second term
February 2, 2013 — 6:43pm
Minnesota DFL Chair Ken Martin was elected to a second term as the party's leader on Saturday.
Martin, like the rest of the DFL leadership, was unopposed.
In his acceptance speech, he said that the party has never been more powerful.
In November, Minnesota flipped the Legislature from GOP control to DFL control, added Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan to Congress, giving Democrats five of Minnesota's eight House seats, and re-elected Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Democrats also have control of the state's governor's office, all its other constitutional offices, and Minnesota's second U.S. Senate seat.
Since the 2012 election, Martin said, the DFL has repeatedly been warned against overreach. But, the added, the flip side of that warning is that the powerful party underperforms.
"If the last election was a referendum on anything, it was a referendum on inaction, on gridlock, on shutdown, on partisanship. People want to see us move a progressive agenda forward," he said.
Rep. John Kline, Republican serving his final year in Congress after 14 years, criticized the Obama Administration's handling of foreign military crises, elaborated on his recent presidential endorsement of Sen. Marco Rubio and visibly worried over the state of the Minnesota Republican Party and its chances of retaining his seat in the Republican fold.
The House GOP campaign committee said Thursday they are launching a TV ad against DFL candidate Andrew Carlson, as he runs in the special election to replace former Rep. Ann Lenczewski, the longtime DFL lawmaker who retired last year.