Conservatives upset Mark Dayton missed speech for birth of first grandchild

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Dayton and his grandson, Hugo
Rather than be at the hospital for the birth of his first grandchild, some conservatives thought Dayton should've gone ahead with a Chamber of Commerce speech.
On Wednesday morning, Gov. Mark Dayton made an appearance at Blaine High School and spoke to students. According to Sally Jo Sorensen, he left around 9:45 a.m.

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Dayton was scheduled to give a speech before the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce later that morning, but he sent his chief of staff, Tina Flint Smith, in his place. The reason? He wanted to meet his first grandchild as soon as possible after his daughter-in-law gave birth via C-section. Seems like a perfectly fine reason to get a substitute for a speech, doesn't it?

Not to some of the foremost members of Minnesota's conservative Twitter intelligentsia, who questioned whether Dayton was telling the truth about the birth, and even if he was, wondered aloud whether it was sufficient reason to miss the speech. It should be noted that according to Dayton's press secretary, the governor told the Chamber he'd miss the speech due to his grandchild's birth two weeks in advance.

Here are some choice cuts from interactions among "conservative activist" and onetime MNGOP official Sheila Kihne, lawyer and conservative blogger John Gilmore, and Minnesota Majority Executive Director John Rouleau: Indeed, Dayton's grandson, Hugo, was born at 12:27 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, about an hour after his Chamber speech was scheduled to begin. On Facebook, Dayton posted that he's "so happy" for his son Eric and his wife Cory and said he "appreciate[s] all your well wishes." He later posted a picture of himself holding little Hugo (visible at top of this post).

Not exactly compassionate conservatism, is it?

-- h/t: Bluestem Prairie --


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foureyes137
foureyes137

Sheila's dad sounds like a real piece of shit.

Jake Benecasa
Jake Benecasa

The best reason I've heard to miss anything, let alone some talking head just spewing hot air.

scott.luse
scott.luse

Sheila Kihne makes me want to puke. Talk about no family values. She is a hypocrite and so unattractive which makes her a perfect case for allowing same sex marriage.....ish!

Brett Andreas Campbell
Brett Andreas Campbell

Not that I blame the Governor for being there, but we can always count on liberals to be overly sentimental.

Greg Honrud
Greg Honrud

At least Mr. Dayton knows how important FAMILY is!! Who gives a crap about the "two week" thing? If Mr. Dayton is like "most" men, we don't always pick up on the "details"! He knew he had a grandchild on the way, and was excited about enough to mention it two weeks before the birth. What is wrong with that? Nothing...

Danette Allrich
Danette Allrich

I love the fact that Gov Dayton was there to support his son and daughter in law and the new baby. His kids have always been an important part of his life, this is fabulous. Family values, yes, even we liberals have them!!

Pat O'Brien
Pat O'Brien

Conservatives = Family Value's? NOT!!!

Lisa Overby
Lisa Overby

Knew in advance...Yea can you say scheduled section boys and girls..which mean not only did he miss the speech because of new grandbaby, but because his daughter-in-law was having surgery and that means maybe possibly his son could use some support. What could force him to do this? Hmmm. Maybe uh..."family values"?

Jake Fleming
Jake Fleming

Spell check your big words... intelligenstia?

Joan Snyder
Joan Snyder

I think this showed he is a real nice man that cares about his kids and the new grandchild, any meeting can go on without him but missing this event for some meeting would have been stupid, We need more men like him :)

Brett Andreas Campbell
Brett Andreas Campbell

Chamber of Commerce? Who cares. State of the State I would understand. Eh. Just let it go guys.

Sane Jane Cangor
Sane Jane Cangor

If you ask me, it sounds like Dayton has healthy priorities! How refreshing.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@foureyes137 Nah... He just has a piece of shit daughter.  Unfortunately for him, he has to see her when he wants to see his grandkids.  Three days was as long as he could hold out.

Southsider
Southsider

@Brett Andreas Campbell And I suppose you haven't moved out of your parents house because you're "helping them out" right?

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