Tim Penny Speaks Out On Governor Dayton’s Cabinet

An excerpt from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is “picking smart and credible people, and that’s a necessary and important first step to governing well,” said Penny, the former congressman and Independence Party candidate for governor in 2002 who now heads the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.

“This is as good a cabinet as we’ve seen since Ventura, largely because, like Ventura, Dayton has gone outside the realm of politicians and insiders.

“But the jury is still out on whether he’ll be able to pull off the kind of leadership that’s needed.”

What kind is that?

“We need him to be transformational,” Penny continued. “I fear that instead, he may be transactional, both in terms of his personal ideological bias and interest-group-driven considerations.”

Interestingly, 2010 IP gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner had donated money to Penny’s campaign while the former was a Republican and the latter was a Democrat. Both have worked at various times at the public relations firm Himle Horner. Penny has remained involved with the party, endorsing Horner in 2010 and Dean Barkley for Senate in 2008.

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