Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Joe Fricke says he's #1

Hi all - Lots of work, including nine days of the Minnesota State Fair, have kept me away from my computer and this blog. I'll apologize for the absence, and also apologize for the slightly obscene photo below, but it's just too much fun.

The Mayor of Red Wing, John Howe, is running for the State Senate, and as I mentioned in an earlier post, I'm doing a little volunteer work for him. John is on his way to winning because he's a terrific candidate, and because the guy he's running against is, well, NOT such a terrific candidate.

Joe Fricke is the guy's name, and he graduated with my oldest son from Red Wing High School 10 years ago. He just got out of law school this spring, and his first "career move" was to file for public office. His only work experience is summer laboring for the city, he's never had a permanent job, never owned a home, etc., etc. Most local DFLers considered him sort of a joke candidate from the start, but they had to put someone's name on the ballot.

As a campaigner, little Joey leaves a little bit to be desired. At a recent candidate forum, his response to the only question he was asked was "That's something I'd be willing to raise taxes for." Really sharp answer in the current political and economic environment: Let's raise taxes!

Anyway, he made the leap to the big time this week when a Minnesota political web site,, produced this Facebook photo from earlier this year of Joey in a candid moment. It's almost like he's speaking directly to taxpayers, and it sort of sums up the liberal mindset these days. The Rochester Post-Bulletin already took notice of it in this story. St. Thomas law school must be really proud to have him as an alum.


  1. I like Joe Fricke, he seems to speak his mind! Go Joe you are #1!

  2. Your friend Frankie Ubotz thinks so too!

  3. Wow, this Joe looks very handsome. Do you know how I can get in touch with him? I hope he likes old, fat women.

  4. Hmmm......St. Thomas Law School must be sooo proud. Especially since they espouse to producing only proper, ethical attorneys!

  5. This truly is a difficult race. Much on Mr Fricke's website makes him sound almost Republican! And the Republican candidate, though not without some strengths, is spouting a bunch of "small government" nonsense.

    Also, à propos Facebook photos of people in their 20s with a guitar and flipping off the camera (just like Johnny Cash, who Mr Fricke is clearly imitating in the photo): if this is a criterion we're going to somehow use to determine who's fit for public office, we'll be excluding a whole generation of candidates. Let's look at the important things: education, infrastructure, environment, etc.