Made it to the Cokato Corn Carnival parade last night!
Despite the rain, the turnout was great.
I've got some fun video that we'll try to post later in the day.
I always watch the politicians in parades. We caught Dean Urdahl last night at the parade, with a light amount of support. Michele Bachmann's parade group, maybe 5 people was on the heels of the Urdahl group.
David Detert, DFL candidate in 18B had a strong contingent of volunteers and Elwyn Tinklenberg was impressive as well. He was working the crowd on my side of the street and I was impressed.
Back to Bachmann...
I've been in the Cokato Corn Carnival parade as a candidate. One steadfast rule of the Cokato Corn Carnival parade is that the candidate must be with the parade group.
Bachmann was AWOL.
Theories as to Bachmann's absence were abundant...
Perhaps the rain would have made her melt?
Perhaps the Congresswoman doesn't quite have this "vacation" thing down yet?
Who knows why Congresswoman Bachmann allowed her campaign to piggyback off the Urdahl campaign for the parade.
This past week, right wing bloggers came after Steve Sarvi for apparent "free rides" in parades. In reality, the right wing bloggers have nothing on Sarvi. Just like the attacks on his military record...the attacks lack any substance whatsoever.
To adapt the rhetoric from SCSU Scholars...
"Stiffing local parade organizers over registration fees indicates irresponsibility on the part of a candidate. It raises the question: How many times this season has Bachmann just bummed a ride from some other candidate? Do we want to even consider someone who mooches like this to represent us in Congress?"
*Update* Word on the street, from an informed Cokato history reader, while my assertion that candidates must be with the group for the Cokato Corn Carnival parade, Bachmann's group asked for permission to join Urdahl since they knew Michele would be AWOL.