By Pat Kessler

By Pat Kessler, WCCO-TV

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Gov. Mark Dayton toured the state by plane on Thursday asking Minnesotans to support his budget plan. At the same time, Republicans back in St. Paul unleashed a withering attack on the governor, questioning his stability under pressure.

Dayton, traveling to several cities by a plane he said was paid for out of campaign funds, is asking Minnesotans to “vote” for his budget. He’s blaming Republicans for the stalemate.

“We’re standing here in the middle waiting for them to show up,” said Dayton. “And their attitude is our way or no way.”

But as Dayton turned up the heat, Republicans lit a political blast furnace.

“There’s a madness to his method, not the other way around,” said Tony Sutton, chairman of the Minnesota Republican Party.

The state GOP is resurrecting a 2010 campaign theme: questioning Dayton’s stability and linking a possible government shutdown to the closing of his U.S. Senate office.

“Here’s a guy who’s used to getting his way his entire life,” said Sutton. “He lived in a big house full of servants, never had to work a day in his life, all that kind of stuff. And when people push back on him, he’s not used to it.”

The state GOP party unveiled a website,, including videos of Dayton as a U.S. Senator and raising questions about his behavior, which party leaders described as angry, erratic, baffled and flummoxed.

Meanwhile, the labor-backed group Alliance For a Better Minnesota began a heavy rotation of television ads supporting the governor and accusing Republicans of protecting the rich.

“The Republicans are choosing to balance the budget on the backs of the middle class,” said the ad.

Comments (15)
  1. Sarah in Outstate MN says:

    BOTH sides are to blame for being childish, stubborn children unwilling to compromise. Anyone who cannot see this is blind. Both parties suck.

    1. WHAT????? says:

      I will give you that they are both to blame to a point. What I will not give you is that both sides are not trying to compromise. Dayton did pull back on the taxes he was looking for and that is trying to compromise as that is what the GOP said that they were not going to do. He did also try to accept some (note I did not say all) of the cuts the GOP is asking for. It seems like the GOP are trying to stall and using his Senate background as an excuse and a scapegoat for the shortcomings of the party that has said they will not budge. Well that is another way of saying we will not compromise. There is also the problem with the GOP not wanting to do the job that they were supposed to do like the budget. Dayton gave a deadline of 2 weeks before the end of the session for them to bring the budget plan to him and they did not as they were too busy with abortion and gay rights to do anything about the budget even though this needed to be worked out 1st as the rest does not matter until 2012, but then again that is my take on it.
      I have no “love” for either party but in my eyes I would have to call the children the side that has more people and still no idea how to work with others to find common ground. This is not all on 1 persons shoulders which is what a lot of people would like you to believe as that way they do not look bad.

      1. Sarah in Outstate MN says:

        Blah…blah….blah….more excuses from people defending one of the parties. It’s not US, it’s THEM. They are the ones with the problem.

        1. WHAT????? says:

          I was not making excuses. I was pointing out the fact that you said “BOTH sides are to blame for being childish, stubborn children unwilling to compromise.” and this is wrong, there was some compromise, but it was not accepted. Why is it people cannot read what is post? Everyone always has to try to read between the lines cause it is not what they want to hear.

  2. Paul says:

    the rebublicans need to learn how to comprimise and STOP slinging mud everytime they don’t get there way, tubby sutton is a slimeball and someone needs to shut him up

  3. Take Care of MN not Yourself says:

    Since we are so happy pointing fingers here – can someone please point a finger to who is footing the bill for Dayton flying around Minnesota trying to convince people to buy into his plan? Why isn’t he where he belongs – working on a comprimise to fix the budget instead of playing the finger pointing game? Is he trying to follow in the Presidents foot steps? We have parts of this state that were literally destroyed by the tornados and bad weather but I turn on the news to see Dayton patting hiimself on the back for a budget plan that he thinks is the only possible option – please – we didn’t get to this place because of one person and we sure as hell aren’t going to get out of it by using one person’s plan. There are more important things he should be dealing with – and getting to people to buy into his plan isn’t one of them. I know someone will make the comment that campaign funds paid for the plane – my answer to that is putting those funds towards this budget problem would certainly have benefitted more people! Thing of all of the money that is wasted on mud slinging campaigns – if that all went towards the budget – we would have a surplus!!

    1. Michele says:

      I don’t think campaign funds can be used to fix budget problems, Take Care, but I appreciate that you’re trying to think outside the box. And you’re right, the people of this state have more important things to think about than the bickering, but let’s not forget that the Republicans did “go over his head” on the marriage bill.

      And why is it, the Republican party rep is constantly sticking his nose into things and stirring them up, when he’s not even an elected official?

    2. WHAT????? says:

      Take Care of MN not Yourself
      Don’t worry, I will read the story for you -“Dayton, traveling to several cities by a plane he said was paid for out of campaign funds”

      1. WHAT????? says:

        Hit submit too fast, that is all you should need to know about the funds, not being payed for by taxpayers. Funny that when he pays for something and not the people that nobody calls him a silver spoon trust fund baby then.

  4. kevin says:

    Just a reminder to all. What Dayton has backed off as a compormise is tax money that is not there and it’s money coming out of your wages. He has given up nothing except tax money he’s is taking from you. Also where are these labor organizations coming up with all the money they are spending on TV advertising. They seem to have an unending money supply to make sure we all pay more taxes.

    1. WHAT????? says:

      Way to spout off about things you know nothing about. I can say that with 100% certainty because he is not going to raise taxes on everyone and if you do not know this by now you have no right posting the comments that you are posting. He wants to raise taxes on the top 2% in the state. I know you would not be in this as you would have to be smarter than you are acting here to make that kind of money (unless you won the lotto). Please stop talking about things that you have no idea about as you are just spreading lies and stupidity. Before you get mad and lip off, you may want to get informed.

      1. WHAT???? is an arrogent jerk says:

        WHAT?????, in the above post you commented on how you have no “love” for either party. Are you sure about that? You sound like you work for Dayton or are a Democratic politician. Whatever you are or whatever you do, you definitely have love for the Democrats and have a bias.

        People can comment on anything they want to. You keep asking people to stop commenting on topics. Why? Apparently you are much smarter than everyone here and so therefore, *your* comments are valid while others aren’t. PLEASE GET OVER YOURSELF YOU ARROGANT JERK.

        1. WHAT????? says:

          WHAT???? is an arrogent jerk
          Go ahead and read into the comments I make if you would like. I do however have a problem with you telling me what and who I am when you and I have never met in real life. You call me “arrogent” (or arrogant if you want the correct spelling) and then presume to tell me about myself? Do you know what that word means? I never said that people should stop commenting on topics all together and that is clear to all who read my post and not read into my post. “Please stop talking about things that you have no idea about as you are just spreading lies and stupidity.” would be the statement that you are reacting to and if you read it, it does not say to stop commenting all together does it? So if you are going to attack someone on the post they leave you should probably understand what they say, and I have it there in black and white. So in summary, you are the pot calling the kettle black, and yes, I must be smarter than you as you cannot grasp the concept of calling out BS when it is put right in front of you, if not you must be the person that I post about there and just mad because I did call you out. Calling people names does not negate that the facts in the post are wrong and it never will. Taxes will not be raised on all in MN and this is not new information, so if that is what you think at this stage in the game you really do need to stop talking and start reading. I have to say it again… Before you get mad and lip off, you may want to get informed.

      2. Teddybear says:

        If you can say with “100% certainty” about what Dayton will or will not do then you work for him, have inside knowledge and you are partisan to the Democrats and are doing your part to point the finger away from Dayton. Please do us a favor and stop pretending you don’t work for him.
        Here’s news for you: MANY people think Dayton is still an incomptent drunkard (like he was in the US Senate) and they voted for him only because he was the Democratic nominee on the ballot. Kelliher would have been a much better choice.
        Why are you telling everyone they have “no right posting comments”? People can post and comment on anything they’d like.

        1. WHAT????? says:

          1s again taken out of context and the best part is all you have to do is scroll up and see the real post.
          “I can say that with 100% certainty because he is not going to raise taxes on everyone and if you do not know this by now you have no right posting the comments that you are posting. He wants to raise taxes on the top 2% in the state.” Nice try but again you can read into it all you want, the words that are post cannot be changed no matter how much you cry.

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