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A fundraiser for Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire at Mancini’s Char House & Lounge in St. Paul is slated for Wednesday evening. Maguire is seeking the DFL nomination to take on freshman GOP Sen. Ted Daley.
The invite features some prominent DFLers, including Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk and newly appointed state party executive director Corey Day.
The implicit support for Maguire is raising some eyebrows among political observers. That’s because he isn’t the only DFLer in the contest. Former Sen. Jim Carlson, who lost to Daley last year, intends to once again seek the DFL nomination.
Carlson was aware of Bakk’s support for his opponent. But he was surprised that Day — who was only appointed to his party position earlier this week — is listed as a supporter.
“Of course that’s going to to prompt a call to Ken Martin,” Carlson tells PIM, naming the state DFL party chair. “That’s a surprise to me.”
Martin tells PIM that DFL staffers are prohibited from supporting candidates in endorsement battles and that Day’s name has been been removed from any materials suggesting that he backs Maguire. “We don’t pick sides, ” Martin says. “No one on my staff should be listed on anything like that.”
Carlson denies that the high-profile support for his DFL opponent suggests that Maguire has the inside track on the endorsement battle. The former senator claims to already have 108 supporters lined up to participate in the caucuses slated for February.
“For the mayor to have a fundraiser outside of the district is a little bit telling,” Carlson says. “Endorsements are local. I’ve got a lot of support here in Eagan.”