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Response to scarletwoman (Reply #13)

Thu Jan 30, 2020, 02:59 AM

18. Although I have never even been to Minnesota

I have a family connection with Minnesota that goes back three generations. My paternal grandmother was quite the firebrand of her time. She was labor liason for New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia until he fired her--for getting too cozy with Labor! She then was a major NY fundraiser for the then-mayor of Minneapolis, who was making his first run for the US Senate. His name was Hubert Humphrey, who sponsored me to be a summer replacement Senate Page when I was 15. My family got to be good friends with a lot of the "Minnesota DFL Mafia." Fritz Mondale was really "Fritz" to us. Arms negotiator Max Kampelman. My dad had already passed by the time Al entered politics, but I guess my meeting him was just a logical extension. Pundit Norm Ornstein, while not a politician himself, is also a from Minnesota, and a friend who also knew my dad well, when he was still a DC beat reporter.

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