I have previously written about the
election triumphs in Minneapolis and St. Paul of political non-profit TakeAction Minnesota. TakeAction has posted another win, this time in Duluth. Last night TakeAction tweeted,
Congratulations to Patrick Boyle on winning today’s special election to fill Steve O’Neil’s St. Louis County Commissioner seat in #Duluth
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Former City Council President Patrick Boyle
won a special election for a vacant seat on the St. Louis County (MN) Board. Boyle’s nearly 2 to 1 margin
of victory over his recent City Council colleague, Jim Stauber, reflected the order
of finish in November’s non-partisan open primary for the seat.
Although runner-up Stauber had the endorsement of the local newspaper, Boyle had the endorsement of political charity TakeAction and the backing of its political machine. In these local, non-partisan races—where established political parties either can’t or won’t participate—TakeAction fills the vacuum to get their hard-left progressive candidates elected.
At present, there is no organization on the other side of the spectrum to promote more conservative (or at least, non-leftist) candidates. Local elections used to be little-noticed, small-scale affairs—neighbors voting for neighbors—with the issues revolving around non-ideological concerns like streets and sidewalks.
TakeAction, and groups like it, have effectively nationalized these low-profile races, bringing big-time resources and tactics to bear to place candidates sympathetic to their union backers in positions to advance a progressive ideological agenda.
In my way of seeing things, if groups like TakeAction are endorsing candidates, the elections are no longer nonpartisan. In such instances, either the established political parties need to get involved, or we risk losing our own communities to the influence of outsiders.