Mark Dayton's announcement that he is throwing his hat in the ring to run for Minnesota Governor comes on the heels of his announcement that he has had a relapse with his alcoholism and is being treated for depression.
The former one term U.S. Senator says the voters of Minnesota have the right to know who they are electing. Fair enough, yet why did he not tell Minnesotans when he ran for U.S. Senate in 2000? Why was it not Minnesotan's right to know this then?
Those that followed Dayton during his tenure as U.S. Senator unfortunately learned how his chemical and mental health issues affected him in Washington. As Time Magazine noted in 2006 Dayton was erratic and did very little in the way of beneficial legislation for his constituents.
When a prominent news magazine singles out a U.S. Senator and calls him "the blunderer", and Dayton himself admitting to not having control of himself or his behavior, it should give everyone great pause.
With the field of 16 Democrats and 5 Republicans vying for the governor's mansion having a candidate such as Mark Dayton, who has been dishonest with Minnesotans and himself about his alcoholism and depression, Minnesotans have better options and other candidates to focus on.
It's about integrity and Mark Dayton has already proved he is lacking.
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