Saturday, October 18, 2008

Norm Coleman Express in Congresional District 2 

This afternoon, US Senator Norm Coleman visited a number of locations in MN's Second Congressional District. Stops included Eagan, Apple Valley, Savage and Chanhassen.

As the Republican Chair of the Second District, I've attended many of these functions. At all events, Senator Coleman has come across as real, honest and sincere in his views. He's a public servant responsible to all Minnesotans. He knows the local history of the towns and often tells a story related to it. He mixes easily with all attendees, answers questions, does all these events free form - no notes, period. The DFL has put a film tracker on Norm - a young guy who tries to get his camera into every single conversation Senator Coleman has with a constituent. While this is legal, to me, the behavior is rude, very rude.

Senator Coleman understands we need energy, all kinds. He knows we can produce it in environmentally safe ways because Americans have designed many of the approaches to cleanly extract minerals. He knows we need to stop sending $700,000,000,000 to nations that want to destroy us.

He believes that we Americans can overcome anything: "Hope conquers fear." It does - we've been given so much doom and gloom for so long too many Americans are banking on a nebulous "hope" that will tie our nation in knots for decades. Norm understands what is at stake. While I have my disagreements with him (and I have been vocal about them), he is the best candidate.

As he said, the best time to drill was 10 years ago, the second best time is now; the best time to build nuclear plants was 10 years ago, the second best time is now. He knows it's time we get going forward - he's the guy. Support him.