Thursday, April 22, 2010

Who will get the Friendly Neighborhood Republican's endorsement: Emmer or Seifert?

I'm usually a very decisive person. I don't understand, for example, people who don't know what to name their baby after having nine full months to think, argue and compromise. Good Lord, isn't nine months enough?

I like to do my research, and I am usually able to come to quick conclusions about things. I have never understood the need for "undecided" in a poll. I live on very solid moral ground, and I pride myself on that.

My parenting philosophy reflects my world view. Most people, when asked, say they just want their children to be happy. I don't. Nobody ever learned anything by skipping through a field of flowers whistling a happy tune. Adversity makes us stronger. What I do want for my children is for them to be people of integrity. I want them to be able to look in the mirror and be proud of who they see. I want them to know their word means something.

I believe in moral absolutes. I believe some things are wrong just because they're wrong, and some things are right just because they are. This usually makes it easy for me to make decisions.

I'm not proud to say that I haven't made a decision yet as to who I am backing for the Republican endorsement for governor. I've been very distracted of late, and I haven't had the time to do proper research on these two candidates.

I interviewed Senator David Hann about why he is backing Marty Seifert. I know what others are saying about Emmer and Seifert. But I'm not skilled in bandwagon jumping. I need to form my own opinion based on my own beliefs, not the beliefs of others.

I'm not a delegate for the upcoming Republican convention. I'm a second alternate. I don't even know if that requires my attendance. I'd like to go, but personal issues are taking precedence right now. However, attending the convention is a goal of mine.

So in the next few days, I'll be reading through the small stack of literature each candidate has mailed to me. I'll dissect their websites. I'll try to use as many resources as I can to make a decision.

I am the Friendly Neighborhood Republican. I am also a conservative columnist for, which reaches more people than my blog could ever dream of.

So who will the Friendly Neighborhood Republican endorse for governor of Minnesota? Tom Emmer or Marty Seifert?

We'll discover it together, because as soon as I make a decision, I'll post it here.

Feel free to send any information you think is important. I won't accept opinions without solid information to back them up. This decision is not emotional, it's cerebral. So, who will be endorsed by the Friendly Neighborhood Republican?

Who knows?

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