By T.W. BUDIG
ECM Capitol Reporter
Minnesota’s first woman U.S. Senator is up for reelection.
Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar received the State DFL Party’s seal of approval at the state party convention Saturday, June 2, in Rochester.
Klobuchar, by unanimous acclaim, received the party’s endorsement.
She had no challengers.
“I wake every morning inspired by the spirit of Minnesota,” Klobuchar told the convention of about 1,000 delegates gathered in the Mayo Civic Center.
“I refuse to obey the fence lines,” she said of a willingness to reach across the aisle to Republicans.
“I get things done,” said Klobuchar.
The former Hennepin County Attorney won election six years ago by defeating Republican Sixth District Congressman Mark Kennedy. She claimed 58 percent of the vote.
Arguably Klobuchar’s popularity in Minnesota hasn’t waned, but strengthened.
A Public Policy poll in January showed 61 percent of Minnesotans approving Klobuchar’s job performance.
This is set against a Gallup poll in February showing a record low number of Americans, just 10 percent, approving the job performance of Congress.
One political observer sees more to this than just luck.
“She’s (Klobuchar) got a knack for the nonpolitical,” said University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute Political Science Professor Larry Jacobs.
Klobuchar has “perfected the art” of constituency service, said Jacobs.
She focuses on obtaining passports, oversea adoptions, things lending themselves to a roll-up-the-sleeves, get-the-job-done persona, he explained.
Klobuchar is a loyal Democrat, Jacobs noted.
But her non ideological approach tends to diminish her political side, he explained.
DFL State Party Chairman Ken Martin views Klobuchar’s low-voltage ideology simply as the senator being true to herself.
“I just don’t think that’s the way Amy is,” said Martin of being confrontational.
Klobuchar is bright, dedicated, said Martin. “She’s a workhorse.”