Lobbyists think Margaret Anderson-Kelliher is a badass
Rep. Margaret Anderson Kelliher (DFL)
WORK ETHIC 8.7
No legislator received higher praise than the speaker of the House. Comments about her read like they were written for a book jacket:
"Our next governor? A grownup in a building filled with children."
"The savvy diplomat who brings together diverse voices while fighting for the most underrepresented in our communities. It is not easy to keep together a caucus, and she has done it with grace and style."
"A leader for our times! Very smart; eager to learn; listens extremely well; seeks common-sense solutions that work for all Minnesotans; tough, but in a kind of compassionate way; very flexible; and highly respected. One of the very best."
It was a struggle to find any negative opinions of her. We only found two: one lobbyist said they miss former speaker Dee Long; another felt that her talents needed to produce action earlier in the session. But that was it.
The budget is her baby this session, and if Kelliher-Anderson powers through a tax increase for the wealthy, her praise could turn into hero worship among progressive insiders.
"She is a powerhouse."
The only other to receive such high plaudits? Rep. Paul Thissen.
This DFL nomination is gonna get fierce. Fast.