Gov. Tim Walz said he will not be “out small-town’d” by anyone when he was asked about the Democratic Party’s performance in Greater Minnesota.
According to Morning Take, a newsletter from Fluence Media, Walz participated in a virtual fundraiser Jan. 5, during which he said, “As governor, I have delivered for Greater Minnesota in a manner that’s fair.”
When Walz was urged to answer a question about the challenges facing the DFL in Greater Minnesota, he responded by saying that he wanted to be “very clear: I’m the first governor in a quarter century to come from Greater Minnesota.”
Morning Take said Walz claimed the “facts” are that his administration has provided more local aid to Greater Minnesota than any other administration. He said he has delivered a bonding bill and ensured “representation from Greater Minnesota.”
“I put the first Supreme Court Justice from Greater Minnesota in nearly 50 years on the Supreme Court,” the governor said.
He called it a “myth” that the DFL is losing ground in Greater Minnesota and said Republicans are attempting to “divide us along cultural lines, along ethnic lines.” Walz also criticized the GOP’s use of the “protecting our way of life” slogan, which he called a dog whistle.
“They are not delivering for Greater Minnesota,” he said.
“I can shoot better than any of them, I can fix my truck better than any of them, I went to a smaller school than them, and as governor, I have delivered for Greater Minnesota in a manner that’s fair,” he added.
He then claimed that “we’re all in this together” and vowed to “step into every American Legion Hall in every small town in Greater Minnesota,” according to Morning Take.
Rep. Erik Mortensen wants to start impeachment proceedings against Walz, saying in a press release that “people’s lives have been decimated by (his) dictates.”
Walz is up for reelection in 2022 and Minnesota Republican politicians are already beginning their quest to unseat him.