Minn. Democrats Pick New Party Leader

COKATO, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party has elected a veteran operative as its new leader.

Ken Martin ran unopposed at Saturday’s meeting of the DFL State Central Committee in Cokato. Martin replaces DFL Party Chairman Brian Melendez, who passed on another two-year term.

Martin has worked behind the scenes in state and presidential politics for years.

In 2010, Democrats swept all of the statewide offices, including their first win for governor in 25 years. But they lost both chambers of the Legislature despite huge financial and numerical advantages heading into the election.

Republicans plan to elect their party leaders this spring, with current Chairman Tony Sutton seeking another term.

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  • Karen

    With Dayton, Franken, and Klob heading up the Minnesota Dems, Pee Wee Herman would be appropriate.

  • shirley

    It’s good to see the conservative democrat’s in charge.Daytons done more in the short time he’s been in, than pawlenty ever did in his 8 years in office. But I understand it’s alot to be focused on the presidency and being a governor at the same time.

  • re Shirley

    like his lie to open up gambling? Or the higher taxes on the rich he is still promoting so much? He is as much in bed with the unions as Pawlenty was with big business. The difference is at least big business employs people instead of just latching onto their hard work and sucking a little more from their paychecks, like the state does….

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