Running away from Bush
Norm Coleman voted with the White House 64 percent of the time last year--the lowest level of political fealty since he took office, according to anew analysis
by Congressional Quarterly. In fact the senator's loyalty to the White House has steadily eroded since he took office.
In 2003 he sided with the Bush administration on 93 percent of votes, and followed that up with a 92 percent rate of GOP-loyalty in 2004. But in 2005 and 2006, Coleman voted with the White House a mere 77 percent of the time.
Surely this surge of independent thinking on the part of Minnesota's senior senator has nothing to do with the fact that he's running for re-election this year in a state where the President is held in extraordinarily low regard.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss City Pages' biggest stories.
- Nicole Curtis hates 'affordable housing' that replaced south Minneapolis homes
- Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau will keep her job, but not without critics
- Minnetonka Schools remain oddly silent after teen assaults Chris Carr's daughter
- Luke McAvoy, ex-Minnesota football player, comes out in powerful essay