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Who Wants to be a Senator?

Daniel Ruen

Forget free trade with China, privatizing Social Security, and that pesky debate about campaign-finance reform. Here's everything you really need to know about that gaggle of Minnesotans who are vying for a six-year stint in Washington.

Unless you've been living in a cave, you've suffered through every twist in the New York Senate race saga. Compared with that soap opera, Minnesota's U.S. Senate chase has so far been as calm as a church-basement potluck.

Sen. Rod Grams is seeking reelection against a veritable football team of challengers; the incumbent Republican faces nine DFLers, as well as several third-party rivals. This weekend the state's DFL Party honchos will gather at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester to nominate a candidate. Though it doesn't appear that the confab will do much to winnow the field, so far no one has found a great deal to disagree about in public, and no high-wattage candidate has yet emerged from the silent pack.

Never averse to barging in where no one else dares tread, City Pages sought to flush out some clear differences among the crowd of contenders, just to get the ball rolling. So as a service to you, our readers, we devised a comprehensive survey and sent it out to all the candidates. In the interest of, well, interest, we focused on questions that other media aren't likely to ask: "What's your favorite album?" "Pet cliché?" And, perhaps most revealing, "Is there anything you'd like to admit now, just to get it on the table?"

Designed without the aid of a single focus group, or the holding of any town meetings, our survey provides answers you won't find anywhere else this campaign season. (In fact, we wouldn't be going too far out on a limb if we said it provides information you probably never wanted to begin with.)

To hear the candidates tell it, they're fair-minded, compassionate, and progressive. (Some, we're happy to say, exhibited at least a hint of a sense of humor.) But differences emerge when you start to ask the tough questions: Are voters more likely to back a candidate who listens to the Beastie Boys, or Frank Sinatra? Kansas, or Jefferson Airplane? Will owning up to an Ally McBeal fixation have a negative impact on one's campaign? Every answer carries its own kind of political risk--you never know whom you might alienate.

One final note: Sad to say, voters who seek to discern Rod Grams's "favorite legal substance" will be disappointed: The senator was the only candidate who declined to respond to our questionnaire. Instead he sent along a campaign booklet titled "Because Actions Speak Louder Than Words."

 

MIKE CIRESI

Born April 18, 1946, St. Paul. Graduated University of St. Thomas, 1968; University of Minnesota Law School, 1971. Joined Robins, Davis and Lyons (now Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi) law firm 1971. Married to Ann Ciresi; three children.

 

Political party: DFL

Official Web site: www.ciresiforsenate.com

Day job: Partner and chairman of the board of the Minneapolis law firm Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi

Have you ever been elected to anything before? I was elected class president in third grade.

Will you honor your party's endorsement process? I respect the DFL endorsement process and am working hard to earn the party's endorsement. I do intend to run in the primary.

Which three adjectives best describe your political philosophy? Straightforward, courageous, honest.

Which three political issues are most important to you? Education, health care, rural revitalization.

What did you want to be when you were 12 years old? A small businessman like my dad.

What do you think of Sen. Paul Wellstone's beard? I have never thought of it.

Have you mailed that census thing back yet? Yes.

Favorite legal substance: Mama's Pizza, in St. Paul.

Anything you'd like to admit now, just to get it on the table? Yes. I am short and wealthy.

Anything you'd like to deny now, just to get it out of the way? All this hair I have is not a toupee.

Are you glad Tim Penny got out of the way? He did the right thing for the right reasons.

Favorite album: "Ann's Favorites"--Ann [Ciresi's] compilation of my favorite songs.

Favorite book: My current favorite is The Greatest Generation, by Tom Brokaw.

Favorite movie: The Godfather

Favorite TV show: The West Wing

Favorite Web site: www.ciresiforsenate.com

Favorite State Fair food: Anything on a stick.

Guilty pleasure: Sleep.

Pet cliché: Go pound sand.

My friends think I'm... crazy for answering goofy questionnaires like these.

Proudest moment: Standing before the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and listening to the world thank and praise Minnesota and its people for their courage in standing up to the tobacco industry.

Biggest regret: Not being drafted by the Vikings.

Secret ambition: To play middle linebacker for the Vikings.

 

 

 

DAVID DANIELS

Born January 4, 1955, Hartford, Connecticut. Attended Alaska Methodist University, Anchorage, Alaska. Playwright/performance artist; founder Reggae Theater Ensemble. Divorced, one child.

 

Political party: Grassroots Party

Official Web site: www.grassrootsparty.org

Day job: Barista in a café/bookstore, in addition to the Reggae Theatre Ensemble.

Have you ever been elected to anything before? No.

Will you honor your party's endorsement process? I was endorsed at the Grassroots Party meeting May 20.

Which three adjectives best describe your political philosophy? Commonsense, wise, nonideological.

Which three political issues are most important to you? Corporate welfare reform, reduction of the national debt, and an end to the marijuana madness.

What did you want to be when you were 12 years old? It was a tossup between becoming president of the United States and becoming the next Walter Cronkite.

What do you think of Sen. Paul Wellstone's beard? I dunno...what does he think of my dreadlocks?

Have you mailed that census thing back yet? Haven't gotten around to that.

Favorite legal substance: My favorite substance is legal in the state of Alaska (see freehempinak.org). [Editor's note: according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, marijuana can be prescribed for medical reasons in Alaska.]

Anything you'd like to admit now, just to get it on the table? I admit to being a regular patron of the Hard Times Café on Minneapolis's West Bank.

Anything you'd like to deny now, just to get it out of the way? I absolutely deny at any time in my life wishing any good fortune coming to the Minnesota Vikings. Ask my brother, a Vikings die-hard.

Are you glad Tim Penny got out of the way? Does it matter?

Favorite album: Natty Dread, Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Favorite book: In Watermelon Sugar, by Richard Brautigan.

Favorite movie: Modern Times

Favorite TV show: Monday Night Football

Favorite Web site: www.thebigwu.com

Favorite State Fair food: With all due respect to the State Fair, I'd rather be asked about May Day or the late, great Cedarfest.

Guilty pleasure: Here's where we draw the line. No one's business but mine.

Pet cliché: 4:20.

My friends think I'm... I don't know. Ask my friends.

Proudest moment: By invitation, performing my one-man play Kolorada... A Western Tale at the New York International Fringe Festival in 1997, just months after performing it at a Bob Marley tribute at First Avenue.

Biggest regret: Leaving a 3.8 average, a major scholarship, and many good friends to join a "Jesus People" commune. Believe me, I've recovered.

Secret ambition: Mine would be to live quietly, in woods, near mountains, with loved ones. Growing my own food. Reading and writing.

 

 

LESLIE DAVIS

Born 1937, New York City. Graduated high school. Worked in sales and marketing for women's apparel manufacturers. An environmental activist, founded the Earth Protector, Inc. organization in 1982. Divorced, four children.

 

Political party: Independence Party

Official Web site: www.lesliedavis.com

Day job: President, Earth Protector, Inc.

Have you ever been elected to anything before? No.

Will you honor your party's endorsement process? I am going to the primary.

Which three adjectives best describe your political philosophy? Fairness, integrity, honesty.

Which three political issues are most important to you? Education, environment, economics.

What did you want to be when you were 12 years old? Thirteen.

What do you think of Sen. Paul Wellstone's beard? As little as I did of my own.

Have you mailed that census thing back yet? No.

Favorite legal substance: Pizza.

Anything you'd like to admit now, just to get it on the table? No.

Anything you'd like to deny now, just to get it out of the way? No.

Are you glad Tim Penny got out of the way? Yes.

Favorite album: Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits

Favorite book: Green Felt Jungle, by Ed Reid and Ovid Demaris.

Favorite movie: The Godfather

Favorite TV show: Judge Mills Lane

Favorite Web site: www.earthprotector.org

Favorite State Fair food: French fries.

Guilty pleasure: Milk and cookies.

Pet cliché: Once a crook, always a crook.

My friends think I'm... different.

Proudest moment: Saving the Little Alfie white pines.

Biggest regret: Not getting rich.

Secret ambition: Seeing April again.

 

 

MARK DAYTON

Born January 26, 1947, Minneapolis. Graduated Yale University, 1969. Served as Minnesota's commissioner of energy and economic development (1983-1986); elected state auditor in 1990. Divorced, two children.

 

Political party: DFL

Official Web site: markdaytonforinnesota.com (under construction)

Day job: President, Vermilion Investment Co.

Have you ever been elected to anything before? Minnesota state auditor, 1990-1994.

Will you honor your party's endorsement process? I will honor what I believe the process should be in a democracy: The party endorses (recommends), and the people decide (in primary and general elections).

Which three adjectives best describe your political philosophy? Compassionate, courageous, trustworthy.

 

Which three political issues are most important to you? 1) Providing real opportunity for everyone to achieve the American dream; 2) taking government back from the rich and powerful and putting it on the side of all the people; 3) restoring a national ethic of individual responsibility to our country and shared responsibility to one another.

What did you want to be when you were 12 years old? The starting goalie on the U.S. Olympic hockey team.

What do you think of Sen. Paul Wellstone's beard?
It's Paul: unique, authentic, and politically courageous.

Have you mailed that census thing back yet? Yes, by telephone.

Favorite legal substance: Chocolate.

Anything you'd like to admit now, just to get it on the table? No.

Anything you'd like to deny now, just to get it out of the way? Anything not included in my previous answer.

Are you glad Tim Penny got out of the way? As in not running, yes. I just wish he'd convinced the other eight to go with him.

Favorite album: Volunteers, Jefferson Airplane.

Favorite book: The Bhagavad Gita (in English!).

Favorite movie: Glory

Favorite TV show: The Minnesota High School Hockey Tournament and the Stanley Cup finals.

Favorite Web site: howtowinademocraticprimary.com

Favorite State Fair food: The Minnesota Dairy Association's chocolate malts.

Guilty pleasure: Too much chocolate.

Pet cliché: Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.

My friends think I'm... intense, generous, and steadfast.

Proudest moment: Whenever I watch my two sons becoming themselves.

Biggest regret: The failure of my two marriages.

Secret ambition: To help improve this world before I die. As a Zen book on leadership admonishes: "May you leave an excellent legacy to 10,000 generations."

 

 

DICK FRANSON

Born February 14, 1929, Little Falls, Minnesota. Graduated Metro State University, 1976. Served on Minneapolis City Council, 1963-1965. Retired army first sergeant. Retired home appraiser, U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs. Divorced, three children.

Political party: DFL

Official Web site: Since the [now defunct] Twin Cities Reader called me "The Fax Man," I haven't concentrated on the Web site or the Internet.

Day job: Retired army first sergeant; retired federal appraiser.

Have you ever been elected to anything before? Elected Minneapolis 12th Ward DFL alderman, 1963-1965.

Will you honor your party's endorsement process? No! Since 1966 I have always believed the voters should decide the nominee in the primary. I will file for U.S. Senate in July 2000.

Which three adjectives best describe your political philosophy? Conservative Democrat on fiscal policies, a liberal on social issues, and as a combat veteran, I am pro-military.

Which three political issues are most important to you? Protecting Social Security and Medicare benefits, creating a national health-insurance system for all Americans, and improving K-12 educational standards.

What did you want to be when you were 12 years old? When I was passing out literature with my [union-organizer] dad in 1941, I told my dad I wanted to be a politician.

What do you think of Sen. Paul Wellstone's beard? Since the senator cannot afford razor blades, every Minnesotan should send him ten cents so he can get a decent shave every day. The senator is an embarrassment.

Have you mailed that census thing back yet? Yes. I filled out the long form the first day I received it. Every question was answered properly.

Favorite legal substance: Budweiser beer. When I socialize, I drink Budweiser beer.

Anything you'd like to admit now, just to get it on the table? Since I was granted a secret clearance by our government in 1995, 1973, and 1951, I certify that I have never used marijuana, cocaine, or any other illicit drugs in my lifetime. All candidates for U.S. Senate should also certify.

Anything you'd like to deny now, just to get it out of the way? In 1962 I was elected president of the Minneapolis Umpires Association and in 1963 I was elected Minneapolis 12th Ward alderman and my theme was that I was going to "call all political decisions as I see it," just like I did as an umpire. Since my life has always been an open book, I don't believe I have anything to deny.

Are you glad Tim Penny got out of the way? No! He was a hypocrite when he used his children to bow out of the Senate race! He did not want to defend his dismal voting record in the U.S. House of Representatives because he voted with the Republicans many times.

Favorite album: All of Frank Sinatra's albums.

Favorite book: Crusade to Europe, by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Favorite movie: Saving Private Ryan

Favorite TV show: The Honeymooners

Favorite Web site: Since I concentrated on my fax machine the past year and a half, I promise to get proficient on the Internet.

Favorite State Fair food: Hot dogs at the food barn.

 

Guilty pleasure: When I socialize with my friends and relatives, I sometimes party too much. I believe camaraderie and love should be shown throughout life. Life is a bowl of cherries!

Pet cliché: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." --President Franklin D. Roosevelt

My friends think I'm... a patriot who served during the Vietnam and Korean wars and retired from the U.S. Army with 23 years of service. Since my friends know I have more than 40 years of government service, and a bachelor's degree in public administration with a minor in Middle East studies, they believe I am the best qualified to be the next U.S. senator from Minnesota.

Proudest moment: Coming home to Minneapolis on military leave during the Korean War and marrying Margaret I. Chapman on June 16, 1951. Having three children: Terri, 1955; Todd, 1957; Tim, 1959. Getting elected Minneapolis 12th Ward alderman, 1963-1965.

Biggest regret: Failing at my marriage to Margaret, which lasted more than 17 years. Margaret divorced me on April 8, 1969. On January 15, 1969, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy Seabees and volunteered for Vietnam and served until October 7, 1970.

Secret ambition: If my former wife, Margaret I. Franson, can forgive my previous errors in life, I would like to remarry her at St. Stephen's Church in Minneapolis. We could be a family again!

 

 

JAMES GIBSON

Born January 13, 1953, St. Louis, Missouri. Graduated from high school. Ran heating supply company in Wausau, Wisconsin; self-taught software developer, Distributed Programming Systems. Married to Celeste.

 

Political party: Independence Party

Official Web site: www.jim2000.org and www.gibsonforsenator.org

Day job: Software developer

Have you ever been elected to anything before? No.

Will you honor your party's endorsement process? Yes.

Which three adjectives best describe your political philosophy? Responsible, accountable, honest.

Which three political issues are most important to you? Paying down the national debt, education, environment.

What did you want to be when you were 12 years old? A baseball player or tycoon.

What do you think of Sen. Paul Wellstone's beard? Seems like just another expanded federal program.

Have you mailed that census thing back yet? Yes, but who's counting?

Favorite legal substance: Chocolate.

Anything you'd like to admit now, just to get it on the table? I have raisins with my pizza.

Anything you'd like to deny now, just to get it out of the way? I didn't do it, it wasn't me.

Are you glad Tim Penny got out of the way? Tim who?

Favorite album: My wedding album.

Favorite book: Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo.

Favorite movie: The Sound of Music

Favorite TV show: Frasier

Favorite Web site: www.gibsonforsenator.org, www.jim2000.org

Favorite State Fair food: If I had just one favorite, perhaps I wouldn't overeat. I'll be at the fair every day this year; what's 8,000 calories per day times 11 days?

Guilty pleasure: Fries and a chocolate shake.

Pet cliché: I try to avoid clichés, because I tend to get them mixed up.

My friends think I'm... determined, focused, ambitious.

Proudest moment: Helping my father and brothers through a business crisis.

Biggest regret: Not pursuing the PC market earlier.

Secret Ambition: To help kids excel.

 

 

JERRY JANEZICH

Born March 16, 1950, Chisholm, Minnesota. Graduated St. Cloud State University, 1972. Co-owner, Tom & Jerry's Bar & Lounge in Chisholm. Currently a state senator. Married to Patty; three children.

 

Political party: DFL

Official Web site: www.janezich2000.org

Day job: Bar owner and state senator.

Have you ever been elected to anything before? State Senate, 1993-present (District 5); State House of Representatives (District 5B), 1989-1993; St. Louis County Board, 1983-1989.

Will you honor your party's endorsement process? Yes.

Which three adjectives best describe your political philosophy? Compassionate, progressive, and populist.

Which three political issues are most important to you? 1) Fighting for working families and their children in the global economy; 2) investing in our kids' education from the day they are born; 3) protecting the future of Social Security and Medicare.

What did you want to be when you were 12 years old? In 1962, in the era of John F. Kennedy, I wanted to run for public office.

What do you think of Sen. Paul Wellstone's beard? I think he copied me!

Have you mailed that census thing back yet? You betcha!

Favorite legal substance: Dr Pepper.

Anything you'd like to admit now, just to get it on the table? I was a cheerleader in high school.

Anything you'd like to deny now, just to get it out of the way? No.

Are you glad Tim Penny got out of the way? Yes.

Favorite album: Bat Out of Hell, Meat Loaf.

Favorite book: Life's Little Instruction Book, by H. Jackson Brown.

Favorite movie: Braveheart

 

Favorite TV show: Cheers

Favorite Web site: Steve Kelley's: www.kelley2000.org

Favorite State Fair food: Pork chop on a stick.

Guilty pleasure: Brach's Bridge Mix.

Pet cliché: What are you, nuts?

My friends think I'm... crazy.

Proudest moment: The birth of our three children.

Biggest regret: Selling our pizza place.

Secret ambition: To build a lake home.

 

 

STEVE KELLEY

Born January 8, 1953, Hopkins. Graduated Columbia Law School, 1978. Currently a state senator. Married to Sophie; two children.

 

Political party: DFL

Official Web site: www.kelley2000.org

Day job: State senator and lawyer.

Have you ever been elected to anything before? Elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives (District 44A, Hopkins) in 1992; reelected in 1994. Elected to the Minnesota Senate (District 44) in 1996.

Will you honor your party's endorsement process? Yes.

Which three adjectives best describe your political philosophy? Empowering, progressive, pragmatic.

Which three political issues are most important to you? 1) Maintaining economic growth through education and job training; 2) health-care access and cost control; 3) not leaving problems of our own making, such as national debt, insolvent Social Security and Medicare, and irreparable environmental degradation, to be solved by our children.

What did you want to be when you were 12 years old? A physicist.

What do you think of Sen. Paul Wellstone's beard? It's okay. My personal belief is that he should either go completely clean-shaven or grow a goatee with a braid in it.

Have you mailed that census thing back yet? Completing a census form is an important responsibility of citizenship. It gives all of us the opportunity to literally stand up and be counted for our state, and I applaud the efforts of the folks who are doing the hard work of going door to door. No, I haven't filled it out yet. I got the long form and now it's lost somewhere in my house.

Favorite legal substance: Soup!

Anything you'd like to admit now, just to get it on the table? What's that supposed to mean? Are you accusing me of something? I don't have to answer that!

Anything you'd like to deny now, just to get it out of the way? There have been a lot of irresponsible and inaccurate rumors flying around about me, and I thank City Pages for allowing me to set the record straight: I am not a nerd, I am a tech geek.

Are you glad Tim Penny got out of the way? Well, yes. Tim's a good guy and I have a lot of respect for his decision. When he says he doesn't want to run because he wants to spend more time with his family, he actually means it. Fortunately, both of my kids are away at school and I think they're glad to know that I'm too busy to drop by unannounced.

Favorite album: Collected, Mary Black.

Favorite book: The Lord of the Rings trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien (all-time); Shards of Honor, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Minnesota author).

Favorite movie: The Prisoner of Zenda [1937 version]

Favorite TV show: Star Trek: The Next Generation

Favorite Web site: www.amazon.com

Favorite State Fair food: Raspberry Hawaiian shaved ice.

Guilty pleasure: Well, I'm a little embarrassed about the Star Trek thing. When I feel really reckless and off-the-wall, I eat a Heath Bar Blizzard.

Pet cliché: "Technology is a tool."

My friends think I'm... smart, reliable, funny, and a little too brainy.

Proudest moment: The 103 degree day I married my wife, Sophie, in a little church in Prout's Neck, Maine. It was also my sweatiest moment.

Biggest regret: I can't sing to save my life.

Secret ambition: I can't tell. It's a secret.

 

 

DAVID LILLEHAUG

Born May 22, 1954, Waverly, Iowa. Graduated Augustana College, 1976; Harvard Law School, 1990. U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, 1994-1998. Married to Winifred Smith; one child.

 

Political party: DFL

Official Web site: www.lillehaug.org

Day job: Unemployed lawyer.

Have you ever been elected to anything before? No.

Will you honor your party's endorsement process? Yes.

Which three adjectives best describe your political philosophy? Progressive, populist, and prudent.

Which three political issues are most important to you? Campaign finance reform, health care, and education.

What did you want to be when you were 12 years old? A firefighter.

What do you think of Sen. Paul Wellstone's beard? It's Lincolnesque.

Have you mailed that census thing back yet? The very next day--and it was the long form.

Favorite legal substance: Summit Extra Pale Ale.

Anything you'd like to admit now, just to get it on the table? I play the flute.

Anything you'd like to deny now, just to get it out of the way? I did not (insert act) with that (insert name of person).

Are you glad Tim Penny got out of the way? Tim who?

 

Favorite album: Greatest Hits, Kansas.

Favorite book: Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain.

Favorite movie: Body Heat

Favorite TV show: ER

Favorite Web site: www.senate.gov

Favorite State Fair food: Corn on the cob dipped in a vat of butter.

Guilty pleasure: Playing Tetris and eating pistachios.

Pet cliché: Follow the money.

My friends think I'm... Electable.

Proudest moment: Birth of my daughter.

Biggest regret: The interview I gave to City Pages.

Secret ambition: It wouldn't be a secret anymore, would it?

 

 

STEVEN MILES

Born January 31, 1950, Minneapolis. Graduated St. Olaf College, 1972; University of Minnesota Medical School, 1976. On faculty at University of Minnesota: geriatric medicine and the Center for Bioethics. Married to Joline; two children.

 

Political party: DFL

Official Web site: www.milesforsenate.org

Day job: Bioethicist, geriatrician.

Have you ever been elected to anything before? Student body president, St. Olaf College, 1972.

Will you honor your party's endorsement process? I will support the DFL-endorsed candidate.

Which three adjectives best describe your political philosophy? Inclusive, kind, and pragmatic.

Which three political issues are most important to you? 1) Universal, comprehensive, affordable health care from a provider of your choice; 2) affordable, lifelong access to education; 3) a secure retirement policy.

What did you want to be when you were 12 years old? I was never 12 years old.

What do you think of Sen. Paul Wellstone's beard? It's too short.

Have you mailed that census thing back yet? Yes (the short form).

Favorite legal substance: Artichokes.

Anything you'd like to admit now, just to get it on the table? I've taught in Cuban medical schools.

Anything you'd like to deny now, just to get it out of the way? No comment. Next question.

Are you glad Tim Penny got out of the way? I never thought he was in the way.

Favorite album: Time Out of Mind, Bob Dylan.

Favorite book: Get Shorty, by Elmore Leonard.

Favorite movie: Rockers

Favorite TV show: [no answer]

Favorite Web site: www.northernlight.com

Favorite State Fair food: Roasted corn on the cob.

Guilty pleasure: Gardening when I should be working.

Pet cliché: Get that d--­ cat out of here.

My friends think I'm... on call all the time.

Proudest moment: Opening the tuberculosis treatment program at a refugee camp on the Thai-Cambodian border.

Biggest regret: Having Minnesota scale back on the MinnesotaCare law that was to take us to universal health care.

Secret ambition: I'm a candidate. My ambitions are all public.

 

 

ERIK D. PAKIESER

Born 1969, Omaha, Nebraska. Graduated Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, 1987. Self-employed security consultant in Cannon Falls. Served as a bodyguard for Jesse Ventura during 1998 campaign. Married to Liz Fish; one child.

Political party: Libertarian

Official Web site: www.pakieser2000.com

Day job: State of Minnesota employee, corrections officer.

Have you ever been elected to anything before? No. I did attempt to run for mayor of Omaha, Nebraska, in 1993, but was prohibited from doing so because I was a year too young to run. I was a candidate for appointment to the Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority, but withdrew when I moved to Cannon Falls.

Will you honor your party's endorsement process? Yes, I was endorsed by my party at our convention in April.

Which three adjectives best describe your political philosophy? Personal freedom, honoring our neighbors' choices, and ending aggression and force in government.

Which three political issues are most important to you? Taxation, crime, and personal freedoms.

What did you want to be when you were 12 years old? A policeman.

What do you think of Sen. Paul Wellstone's beard? If I had compromised my principles the way he did by voting for the 1998 wars against Iraq and Yugoslavia, as well as selling out the gay-rights movement, I would want to hide my face too.

Have you mailed that census thing back yet? Yes, but I only filled out the first page.

Favorite legal substance: Chicken McNuggets.

Anything you'd like to admit now, just to get it on the table? Well, I don't have a lot of political experience. I've never taken a bribe, suppressed someone's freedoms, or sold out someone who believed in me.

Anything you'd like to deny now, just to get it out of the way? Not really. Anything worth denying has nothing to do with my ability to run for this office anyway.

Are you glad Tim Penny got out of the way? Without personally attacking Mr. Penny, it is nice to see professional politicians get out of the business and make an honest living for a change.

Favorite album: That's a tough one. I like Paul's Boutique by the Beastie Boys a lot. Also Ice Cube's Death Certificate. And the Beatles' White Album.

Favorite book: That's also tough, because I read a lot. Either Healing Our World, by Dr. Mary J. Ruwart, or maybe Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do, by Peter McWilliams.

 

Favorite movie: This year, I'd say Three Kings.

Favorite TV show: The Simpsons

Favorite Web site: www.theonion.com.

Favorite State Fair food: Mini-doughnuts.

Guilty pleasure: I drive fast.

Pet cliché: When the government makes a law, it's backed up by police and federal agents who carry guns. So when the government forces you to do something, they are doing so at gunpoint.

My friends think I'm... really funny.

Proudest moment: When my son was born in 1998.

Biggest regret: Supporting the Democrats, and later Republicans, until I realized they didn't care.

Secret ambition: Well, if I told you, it wouldn't be a secret, would it? I always wanted to be a backup singer.

 

OLE SAVIOR

Born October 29, 1949, Minneapolis. Graduated Marshall University High School, 1967. Artist, poet, student of mythology and astrology.

 

Political party: DFL

Official Web site: [under construction]

Day job: Artist, writer, poet.

Have you ever been elected to anything before? No. But I was a candidate for governor in the 1998 primary; the 1988 congressional primary; the U.S. Senate primaries in 1984, 1996, 2000.

Will you honor your party's endorsement process? My plans will be to enter [the primary] no matter whom they endorse. Endorsement politics is not always the voters' politics.

Which three adjectives best describe your political philosophy? Liberal, free thinker of my own beliefs, a new more beautiful age is coming if we change our ways now.

Which three political issues are most important to you? Nuclear-free world, world hunger, and better education for all mankind.

What did you want to be when you were 12 years old? Artist, poet, painter, world traveler.

What do you think of Sen. Paul Wellstone's beard? He should take it with him everywhere he goes. Looks good.

Have you mailed that census thing back yet? I have, but they keep returning it for more information.

Favorite legal substance: Cold Mountain Dew and hot pizza while watching the Viking cheerleaders on TV.

Anything you'd like to admit now, just to get it on the table? Why pay to suffer now when you can suffer for free later. Okay, Rebecca didn't help the poor with MCDA 4 years. She just helped herself. Ooops...it fell off the table.

Anything you'd like to deny now, just to get it out of the way? I deny I denied anything yet. Great Wizard of Oz. Alice in Wonderland's cat in a tree smiled at me.

Are you glad Tim Penny got out of the way? No. I wanted to teach him a political lesson for helping Jesse Vultura. Punish him for that big mistake. Now I can only ask frequent candidate Dayton if he's an HHH III clone.

Favorite album: Rolling Stones [no specific album].

Favorite book: The Bible (Revelation) and The Late Great Planet Earth, by Hal Lindsey.

Favorite movie: The Terminator

Favorite TV show: The X-Files, because I think my fellow Senate candidates came from somewhere else.

Favorite Web site: In The Terminator where people are using it to keep warm. Fire in the box.

Favorite State Fair food: Watching the Republicans drinking gallons of milk [and getting] white mustaches, and Democrats always spilling ketchup on themselves.

Guilty pleasure: Using art politically.

Pet cliché: I have no pets but I used to have two Chinese pugs named Sheba and Tuffy. They passed away to pug heaven.

My friends think I'm... the best person they have ever met or wanted to meet or will ever meet. But what do they know! I am suspicious of them and I am usually right.

Proudest moment: [Editor's note: Savior chose to relate his "most interesting" moment.] Writing this letter to you hoping you understand and seeing the eyes of the elitist (great) seven DFL candidates when they don't win.

Biggest regret: Not traveling around the world, not enjoying life more, not putting my footprint on the moon or spinning around upside down in cyberspace.

Secret ambition: Maybe president of the United States--ASAP of course. Creating a new and more peaceful world for the next generation of children.

 

 

REBECCA YANISCH

Born December 13, 1952, East Grand Forks, North Dakota. Graduated University of North Dakota, 1977; MBA, University of Minnesota, 1981. Former executive director of the Minneapolis Community Development Agency; currently on leave as vice president of redevelopment at Ryan Companies, U.S., Inc. Married; Steve. One child.

 

Political party: DFL

Official Web site: www.rebecca2000.com

Day job: Candidate for U.S. Senate

Have you ever been elected to anything before? Not yet.

Will you honor your party's endorsement process? I will be running in the September 12 Democratic primary.

Which three adjectives best describe you political philosophy? Progressive, responsible, commonsense.

Which three political issues are most important to you? Education, health care, affordable housing.

 

What did want you want to be when you were 12 years old? A farmer.

What do you think of Sen. Paul Wellstone's beard? I think it makes him look taller.

Have you mailed that census thing back yet? Yes.

Favorite legal substance: Chocolate.

Anything you'd like to admit now, just to get it on the table? I really invented the Internet.

Anything you'd like to deny now, just to get it out of the way? Well...okay. I really didn't invent it.

Are you glad Tim Penny got out of the way? I wouldn't mind if all my opponents decided not to run.

Favorite album: Moondance, Van Morrison.

Favorite book: A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving.

Favorite movie: Life Is Beautiful

Favorite TV show: Ally McBeal

Favorite Web site: www.rebeccasgarden.com

Favorite State Fair food: Hot mini-doughnuts.

Guilty pleasure: The things I really enjoy I don't feel guilty doing.

Pet cliché: A good man is hard to find.

My friends think I'm... crazy for running for U.S. Senate.

Proudest moment: Being there for the birth of my grandchild.

Biggest regret: Not meeting my husband sooner.

Secret ambition: Racing horses.


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