Last night, Marty Seifert, recent winner of the Minnesota Republican Party straw poll for candidate for governor spoke in Lake Elmo to a small crowd of about 50 conservative people who identified themselves as Tea Party supporters. He is hoping to gain momentum for his campaign.
“Frustration is at a boiling point for most people,” Seifert told the crowd.
Marty Seifert listed several reasons for why he is running.
Among them, he would like to abolish the Metropolitan Council, change the Minnesota income tax code, and give control of education to the local school districts.
Seifert is also opposed to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As House Minority Leader, he asked for a vote to have Minnesota’s attorney general sue the federal government over the ACA.
After an unsuccessful run for governor in 2010, he became the foundation director of the Catholic hospital in Marshall, Minnesota. This experience, he says, qualifies him to further fight the ACA.
“I’ve read the law,” he told the audience.
Seifert described the challenges that a Republican governor will have.
“The legislature will still be controlled by Democrats,” he says. “I have to be realistic in what I can do as governor.”
However, he assured the conservatives in the group, “the only thing liberal about me is that I will liberally use the veto pen.”
He did suggest, however, that he would be willing to work with those with whom he doesn’t always agree.
“Even if these people are left of Mao Tse-tung on most issues, if we can get their votes on the issues where we agree, we should take them.”
The main message Marty Seifert conveyed is consistency in his convictions.
As House Minority Leader, Seifert was opposed to the Highway Trust Fund. He still is.
He indicated one way he would like to deal with our shortcomings on infrastructure.
“If we collected that tax ourselves and used it on our roads, including the parts of the federal highways that ran through our state, we’d have enough money for all of our transportation needs.”
“We are not going to have Common Core in our state,” Seifert said, referring to the Common Core State Standards Initiative definition of student expectations.
“Now, I can say that I oppose this legislation from a Democratic president, but I also authored legislation to get us out of No Child Left Behind. I want to get the Federal Government out of education,” he announced with quite a bit of zeal. Opposition to federal regulation of public schools seemed to be what Seifert was most passionate about.
At one point, Seifert was asked if he would take the pledge, “I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes” to uphold principles important to the Minnesota Tea Party Alliance, which are free markets, fiscal responsibility, and limited government. Seifert tried hard to build the case that he has lived by these standards through his work as a member of the Minnesota House.
But, his answer demonstrated perhaps the best example of what we can expect from Seifert, a man who says he is consistent and likes to work “by the book with the proper procedures.” In answer to this question, Seifert replied, “I’ve signed my marriage certificate, that’s about the only pledge I’ve ever signed and taken seriously. If that’s not good enough for you, vote for someone else. That’s okay.”