Fair Politics: Dayton Talks Jobs, Gets Heckled

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (WCCO) – It’s the first day of the Minnesota State Fair and it was hard not to walk a few feet without bumping into a politician.

WCCO-TV Political Reporter Pat Kessler spent much of the day with Gov. Mark Dayton, and it was an interesting experience. Dayton got out among the people who haven’t forgotten about the longest government shutdown in history, leaving thousands without jobs and wanting answers.

He’s a first-time governor who got elected after a controversial recount election. He had to deal with the government shutdown. As it turned out, Dayton got heckled from an unexpected source.

He was dressed in a sports shirt, slacks, and walking shoes. Minnesota’s new governor made his way slowly through the fair. Among many issues with fair-goers, the two most important were the situation for a new Vikings stadium and the government shutdown that affected thousands.

“I don’t think it should have happened at all. We elect those people to take care of the people, but they failed horribly,” said one fair-goer.

Dayton said he welcomed everyone’s opinions.

“It’s great not to be in a coat and tie. It’s a chance to get an earful, that’s part of why I’m here,” Dayton said.

Fair-goers were generally friendly, and polite. But not all. During a live interview on WCCO 4 News at Noon, Dayton was heckled loudly.

As it turns out, it came from a nearby booth: Republican Tom Emmer, who lost the governor’s race to Dayton, and his radio talk show sidekick Bob Davis.

“Leave us alone. Why don’t you tell the governor that? Leave us along. Get out of our lives, governor,” said Davis.

If Dayton had one mission, it was this: A chocolate malt at the Dairy Building. Misson accomplished.

“They’re good, really good,” Dayton said.

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  • Pat

    No, Dayton is the pathetic loser.

    • Pat

      Yep, the Republicans lost the election. However, I think it’s the liberals that are whining. If you watch the video, what Bob Davis said was minimal and very tame. Yet here is the Lame Stream Media whining that this is heckling. Yet liberal Lame Stream media people call Republicans things like the Bword and that is ok which you guys. I think you losers doth protest too much.

      • Pat

        You mean he’s not supposed to voice his opinion about he difference in opinion? He wasn’t hiding in his booth, that were he was supposed to be, and he was already talking about the idiotic idea that any government entity can create jobs in the private sector. Also, Bob has invited Dayton onto the show, an offer I might add that Dayton has not responded to.

  • JLO

    He is the Governor of the whole state. Not just the uber liberal like Kessler. And the rest of CCO. This state is not in rosy condition. Dayton has to be able to receive criticism too!! Dayton only wanted to spend more money on more government projects. These projects don’t create jobs. This trust fund baby made his millions and he wants to keep others from making money. It’s called power-I say get the government out of the way. If this was a Republican we wouldn’t hear a thing…!!

    • Ridiculous!

      Then run that big booty for office JLO, you seem to have a firm grip on economic principles and an outstanding sense of reality, not to mention an excellent display of human dignity.

  • Harold

    That’s funny. Democrats have been using all sorts of vitriolic speech/behavior for as long as I can remember, yet I never hear people like you complain about how appalling that is or that you will never vote for THEM?. Why the double standard, Kate in Como? Could it be that you really support the Demcrats, but are too scared to admit it?

  • Wendy

    I would like to see video of Tom saying one thing. poor reporting, that’s what this is. But, what do you expect from mainstream media that pretend they are unbiased. I agree with Bob. People are sick of government in their faces.all the time. And, while this is still a free country, there’s still a thing called freedom of speech.

  • Jake

    Dayton deserves EVERY WORD. It’s called FREE SPEECH. If you don’t like it, move to China. Incidentally, mr. kessler, dayton didn’t have to ‘deal with’ a government shutdown, he CREATED IT. The governors of all our neighboring states are already seeing a turnaround, but not HERE. I’m surprised that dayton even found the courage to show his face at the fair this year. An inept, pathetic, lousy excuse for a governor.

    • Sue J

      Walker did what he was elected to do. He didn’t run for the wasteful Unions!!

      • hard rains

        You know…getting rid of Unions will allow Corporations to lower wages and cut back on benefits. Not just in Schools, but in the private sector too. That’s what you seem to be asking for. Unless you are high enough up in the Corporate food chain, that would be the effect on you too.

  • Bill Hedrick

    Yes, Bob is a religious man and prays daily in thanks for his good fortune. I am sure that is what you meant.

    • Mike

      Thank you for clarifying that Bill.

  • Wendy

    They weren’t heckling the Governor, they were simply doing their show for the audience at the fair. All radio stations at the fair do their shows and have speakers outside of the booth. Davis and Emmer (no “s” at the end, unless you’re using the possesive or talking about mor than one) do a political show. They were simply doing their show.

    • ZP

      Larry-If you have ever listened to the show, Davis “heckles” the Governor all the time (weather or not he is within earshot).

  • Jim

    News Flash, just reported….Tom Emmer did NOT “Heckle” the Governor, it was Bob Davis who yelled that Government does not create jobs. Pat Kessler please report accurately or at least print a retraction. The people of Minnesota deserve fair and accurate news.

    • Myron from Michigan-Go Tigers and Go Blue

      Larry the lefty,
      Your are the loser and I feel sorry for you and all your liberal friends. You people just don’t get it and are living in a dream world. Liberalism is a disease and if not checked will cause this great country to collapse. All you people can do is name call and not present one good argument for your position. Liberalism is an absolute failure. Look at what they have done to this country since they have been in power since 2007 when they took over congress and then the white house in 2009. It’s been all downhill since. Every city and state that has been run by democrats is in trouble, California, Illinois, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, New Jersey before Christy, Wisconsin before 2010, etc. and now Minn. I have never met a group of people more bitter, angry, hateful and just outright obnoxious. Davis is absolutely right and Larry you are the true loser.
      Stop the government intrusion in all of our lives, make the free loaders become responsible, lower the taxes and above all stop the spending. Then our country will be great again. It’s a simple receipt if you can grasp it.
      November 2012 we get our country back.

      • David

        Obama / Biden 2012

        • Myron from Michigan-Go Tigers and Go Blue

          Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!!!!!
          Thanks, that is the best joke I’ve heard in a long time.
          You made my day.

  • Stacey

    Once again WCCO illustrates their inability to report factual news. Watch the video people. Emmer IS NOT the one heckling it’s Bob Davis.

    • Duh!

      “Leave us alone. Why don’t you tell the governor that? Leave us along. Get out of our lives, governor,” said Davis.

      It says right there that it was SAID BY DAVIS. It’s not the reporting that’s inaccurate, it’s the fact that people can’t read!

      • stacey

        Hey Duh…watch the clip. Who does kessler mention as the heckler?

        • W. Cronkite

          @ Stacey, he says “it came from a nearby booth: Republican Tom Emmer, who lost the governor’s race to Dayton, and his radio talk show sidekick Bob Davis.” The “it” was the heckling. He clearly seeks to make it appear that the heckling came from both of them. Terrible reporting.

  • Pat

    First off, you and Katy need to take reading 101, Emmer wasn’t involved in the heckling, Bob Davis was. As for tossing a few back, wouldn’t that apply more to Dayton the alcoholic?

    • Ridiculous!

      you need to revisit reading 101 for comprehension. ADHD?

      • Pat

        Don’t transfer your problems onto other Mr Ridiculous.

  • Jerry

    The rich do not need to pay their fare share in South Dakota … maybe we should ask Governor Dayton why all his Mommy and Daddy’s money is there… perhaps he is a hypocrite and just wants to create class warfare . funny how he buckled on the Gov shutdown once it was known the Beer trucks would not be delivering the beer .. he wouldn’t want his constituents angry at him for that while they leech off the tax payers backs!!!

    • Matt

      its there because his parents put it there. We’ve already gone over this. He has no control where it is

      • Malthus

        Right, but that proves the rule. If Dayton implements his policy, even more will do what his parents have done.

  • 2Bornot2B

    Selective hearing — A Sid condition that most Repubs have — Won’t see the facts if it goes against what they have been taught to beieve!

  • Don

    The article is poorly written due poor sentence structure; it made for a difficult read at the begining. Maybe that is what caused so much confusion with the faithful followers of the Govenor, who keep believing that Emmer was the heckler. If you must mention “the other guy” during your reporting pf a heckling incident, could you possibly do it more clearly, so as to make it less difficult to follow? Or, was the controversy your real goal in the report?

  • JT
  • SW

    Either Davis or Emmer would be a better governor.

    • Save Polymet

      Very mature. Classic lib response.

    • Max Hoff

      Larry …
      Do you actually have an opinion or are you only able to repeat what your puppet masters say? Only attack, attack. It has to be that way when you have nothing to defend.

  • Brian

    Very POOR reporting WCCO. Way too predictable on your part.

  • KeepItReal

    More pathetic pablem from Pat K. Notice how the liberal report and station made the Gov out like a some sort of victim at the fair. You spend the entire day with him and you don’t ask him a tough question? Like why is the state economy in shambles? Or what do you allow the teachers union to continue to ruin education? Or why did you shut down the state government (no Pat said “he had to deal with the shutdown…”, actually he cause it.) More horrible reporting from the Don Shelby want-to-be…though I’m not sure why. Both are terrible, arrogant and just plain bad people.

    • RetroDude

      Governor Sad-Faced Clown IS a victim. He’s a victim of a brain debilitating disease called liberalism. The symptoms are stupidity and the burning desire to foolishly spend someone else’s hard-earned money. It’s highly contagious and is a near epidemic among the slow and challenged population in Minnesota.

      • larry the lefty

        Hey RetroDude…is that kinda like you Righties goose-stepping to the orders of the KOCH Brothers,Karl Roves PAC and the TEA BAGGERS??? Just wondering…

        • Sue J

          Wow Larry, you seem to have had to much coffee this morning. LOL

  • Sue J

    To: Emmer and Davis
    Keep up the great work!!!!

    • Dave's Not Here

      What work, exactly?

  • I'm Just Sayin'

    Let me get this straight, the two points of this story were that Pat Kessler spent another day with his nose up a democrats darier and that the only thing the governor wanted out of the state fair was a chocolate malt. What a couple of copmplete surprises. First of all, if Pat Kessler kissed the rear of the democratic party anymore, he would never see the light of day again. Second Governor Dayton, you are there to get feedback from the public and change your policies accordingly. Great, get a treat while you are at the fair, but that was your priority and not spending time with the public and learning what their concerns are. Pathetic, cmopletely pathetic, the both of you.

    • hard rains

      Hey…I’m Just Sayin’…were you one of the hecklers? It kind of sounds like it.

  • http://www.residualforces.com/2011/08/26/bias-by-any-other-name-the-anti-conservative-mn-media/ Residual Forces » Blog Archive » Bias By Any Other Name – The Anti-Conservative MN Media

    […] Not to be outdone by his junior press hack is WCCO’s Pat Kessler. This my friends is what you call one sided reporting.  […]

  • Larry is a loser

    I am just glad his real mission was to get the chocolate milk shake… not talk about jobs or try and do any good in this state. “It’s great not to be in a coat and tie….” well he should be in a straight jacket… what a failed idiot.

  • HardRainsSucks

    You know… getting rid of the unions will allow corporations to become more competitive in the global market, create more jobs and boost our economy. Of course liberal D-bags wouldn’t want that.

    • liberal D-bag?

      You have no idea of what you are even talking about but like to barf up the talking points of topics in which you have no understanding. Do you own a corporation? Do you even know the workings of a global market? Do you understand unemployment dynamics in the greater scheme of GDP? Nope, you don’t so go ahead and opine but do it under a name that distinguishes who you are so that I can follow you around and educate you.

  • I get it! Why can't you?

    I was there standing right next to Emmer and Davis. What BOB said was only the truth and nothing but the truth. Tom did not say a word. Also the liberal that was planted there to start an argument with emmer and Davis had “NO CLUE” about creating jobs and had zero talking points. I just think someone forgot to tell him where he was at after he woke up from his nap.
    P.S. The only reason I am on WCCO.com is to see if I was in the video. Otherwise this station is too liberal for me.

  • garage illogic

    I was there too and the comments were totally out of place.

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