After watching the first-year governor and new legislative leaders shut down Minnesota’s government, the local elder statesmen are planning to introduce a compromise plan Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.
Former Vice President Walter Mondale, a Democrat who represented the state for 12 years in the Senate, and former Gov. Arne Carlson, a Republican who was governor for eight years in the 1990s, are holding a joint press conference at Minneapolis city hall at which they are expected to introduce a plan to jumpstart talks to end the 5-day-old shutdown
Carlson on Monday was “coy” about what he’d discuss, the AP reported, and how much impact the two will have is yet another matter.
Mondale, 83, lost his last election, when he was named to replace Sen. Paul Wellstone on the 2002 ballot after Wellstone died in a plane crash 11 days before the election.
And while Carlson, 76, was elected as a Republican, he emerged as a tormentor of Tim Pawlenty during his governorship, endorsed the Independent candidate for governor last year and in December 2010 was banned by the state GOP from participating in party activities.
Pawlenty, now seeking the GOP nomination for president, is using his home state’s shutdown in a TV ad now airing in Iowa. In the ad, he claims victory in the government shutdown, something the current Minnesota leaders are far from doing themselves.
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