|Posted on August 23, 2012 at 10:00 PM|
Exclusive to the Pioneer Press
FOUNG HAWJ STANDS TO DO BETTER THAN SENATOR MEE MOUA’S 60 %
IN 2012 GENERAL ELECTION ADDING TO EASTSIDE PRIDE
By Tom Hilber
Having been in involved in the DFL politics close to 50 years and on St. Paul East Side politics sense the early 1970’sI I would add following analysis of S.D.67 candidate (11.) Foung Hawj’s primary win over the public employee (5.) Democrat candidate, Mr. Robert Humphrey. Mr. Humphrey was endorsed by public employees as is current (2.) Senator Harrington Minnesota’s a long time public employee and a first male African American Senator who followed our first female Hmong (1.) Senator Mee Moua whom, you might say, Mr. Hawj saw as the establishment candidate (note teachers union withdrawn their endorsement after he was elected). Mr. Hawj did actually block the endorsement Harrington, a notable conservative in part because many who have noted he contributed to the Republican war president George Bush Jr. (12.) Foung Hawj will face (5.) Republican candidate Mike Capistrant.
Foung Blocked progressive former (3.) Democrat Councilmen Tom Diamond, whom I supported, as well as conservative Harrington and setting himself up to run in the primary thus dismissing the East Side DFL caucus influence, Made up of a spectrum of political philosophies from left to right just like the Republican party which, by the by, both have historically endorsed conservative candidates on St. Paul’s East Side; Examples I pose are DFL’er (6.) Senator Randy Kelly, (7.) Senator Norm Coleman, both turncoat Democrats, add too..Loyalist DFL (8.) Senator Gene Waldorf and then Independent/Republican Candidate (9.) Councilmen Chris Nicosia, who beat me, by the way, in the mid 80’s, when we both had public employee endorsements. And also, by the way, historically public employee unions endorse before and elections and from either party!
So now Foung Hawj is setting himself up as the what (?) Tree hugging progressive man of the people. To his credit and to former DFL Senator Mee Moua’s who won by 60% in the general election) they figured out how to dominate in the scarce voted fall primaries, which East Side Republicans also do well at, by getting out the crossover strategic votes. Harrington, an outsider (outside the Life long East Sider mantra heard so many times in East Side Politics) was a fluke and not voted by any ethnic vote I can see however it was the Hmong vote in coalition with the conservative’s public employee endorsement and most likely Foung has following of the former first ever Hmong state senator’s lead! But the story being reported fails to address Republican crossover with only 425 voters in a no contest vote by Republican voters itching to defeat the public employee endorsed candidates or the fact that Foung Hawj was third in a convention field of three DFL contenders including Tom Diamond.
Foung failed to get majority (60%) out to a DFL endorsement convention this spring and came in third in a field of three, in a convention stacked with conservative delegates while going to the less informed public and ethnic vote which still struggles with intellectual differences between the parties. Non-existent major party differences Jessie Ventura suggests are just two gangs fighting over the same Public employee turf.
This paradigm is not benefitting anyone but the establishments which win or lose missa me, I contend are beholding to the same forces aforementioned above i.e. public employees... We are truly in for more radical politics if the warring does not stop and the Public discourse and debates do not get real. Empty Homes & foreclosures are what I ran on, Mr. Foung Hawj, and I came in last in a field of nine last times around and you will have to say more when you get back from your vacation. The whoring going on will be acknowledged when Foung gets the Public employee endorsements and vote in November. My guess Foung Hawj will do better than Mee Moua’s 60 % in the general election and he’ll get Public employee endorsement before during or after winning in November election.
As my first public employee mentor (*) Dick Patterson (AFSCME council 14) back in 1984 City council race in ward 6, warned us..I paraphrase his message here, “Public employees unions need to lift all our boats not just their own! Pensions, insurance, salaries, rights should be on plate of all who labor. Now hopefully Foung Hewj will let the voice of us underwater people in the non union private sector be heard too… Mr. Foung Hawj, our future first Male Hmong Senator from East Side of St. Paul Minnesota (East Side Pride) have Wiki scholar get ready for a new entry!
(10.) Tom Hilber Retired Teacher ran for senate district 67 in 2010: e-mail [email protected] 47 years of DFL caucusing and voting; 40 year resident of Eastside 1972-2012 First ran against (9.) candidate Chris Nicosia 1984-5city council race as endorsed DFL’er, and later as an independent for St. Paul school board, city council, mayor and Ramsey County Board and candidate for 2010 Senate District 67 Race. Home foreclosed on May 2012 currently lives in South St. Paul
Tom Hilber Author Cell Phone #l 651-491-6286; Reproduction by permission only thank you! 8
1) Senitor Mee Moua: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mee_Moua
2) Senitor John Harrington: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John Harrington
3) Councilmen Tom Domond http://www.tomdimondforsenate.com
4) Mike Capistrant http://www.capistrant4saintpaul.com
5) Robert Humphrey http://votehumphrey.com/supportersandendorsements.htm
6) Randy Kelly: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Kelly
7) Norm Coleman http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norm_Coleman
Senator Gene Waldorf
9) Tom Hilber: http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2010/08/06/nine-way-race- senator-mee-mouas-st-paul-seat, Councilmen Chris Nicosia http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/stpaul-issues/messages/topic/Y6cpjt7UAk7K44yylUswP
10) Another POV: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021135770
11) Foung Hawj: http://www.facebook.com/foung
(*) The Richard Patterson: A Scholarship was established in 1989 to honor the memory of the devoted union activist who was a leader of City of St. Paul Local 1842 and who was the first Treasurer of old AFSCME Council 14. A scholarship was designed to assist the children of Council 5 members who wish to attend an accredited post-secondary Minnesota or Wisconsin institution. http://afscmemn.org/printable/node/233
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