Thursday, November 10, 2005

Actually, this story was too sweet to just leave under comments (especially since I got so excited when I posted it as a comment that I forgot to close the link):

Voters in St. Paul, Minnesota, a heavily Democratic town, voted for mayor yesterday. And they got rid of incumbent mayor Randy Kelly in favor of fellow Democrat Chris Coleman. And why did they do that? Well, it seems that the reason why is because Kelly endorsed President Bush last year. Of course Kelly's endorsement did little good for the President last year, as Kerry won fairly comfortably in a state that has not gone Republican since Richard Nixon barely edged out George McGovern in 1972 (had McGovern gotten a few thousand more votes then you would have to go all the way back to Eisenhower in 1956 to find a Republican carrying Minnesota).

But if you read through (the story begins with the Detroit race, so you have to go about half way down to find the St. Paul story:

Incumbent mayors won easily yesterday in Atlanta, Boston and Houston. But in St. Paul, Randy Kelly became the city's first incumbent mayor in more than 30 years to lose a re-election campaign.

Polls suggested that Mr. Kelly’s endorsement of President Bush last fall was a factor in his loss to a fellow Democrat, Chris Coleman, by 70 percent to 30 percent.

“I have never seen anything quite like this,” Lawrence Jacobs, director of the University of Minnesota Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, said about what he called a firestorm over the endorsement.

A poll conducted by Mr. Jacobs found that more than half of likely voters in the city said Mr. Kelly’s endorsement would influence their votes. Most of those respondents said it would lead them to vote for Mr. Coleman, a former City Council member.

Mr. Jacobs said the results were especially surprising, as more than half of the likely voters surveyed said they thought that the city was heading in the right direction.

Mr. Kelly said leading up to the election that he did not regret the endorsement.

“The St. Paul race provides another kind of lens, which is what happens to moderate Democrats that are allies of the president?” Mr. Jacobs said. “The message coming out of St. Paul is it can be really hazardous to your political health.”

Thanks, St. Paul. That is a message I can agree with.

And there you have it. An incumbent Democratic mayor of a Democratic city is voted out by voters irate over his endorsement of George W. Bush.

'tis indeed delicious desserts.

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