Prominent Pro-Life Democrat in Minnesota Endorses President Bush
by Steven Ertelt
August 2, 2004
St. Paul, MN (LifeNews.com) — The mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, a leading pro-life Democrat, announced today that he is endorsing President Bush for re-election and will campaign around the state on behalf of the president. The endorsement is drawing support from pro-life advocates.
St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly has been a Democrat for 30 years, but he announced Monday he will travel across the battleground state on behalf of President Bush.
Kelly saw a "I hate Bush" bumper sticker on a car six months ago and the negativism of it prompted him to rethink his position on the presidential election.
"I do think the politics of hate in this country for the last decade or more has poisoned the discourse, and I think that some folks have to jump out of this allegiance to party and say, ‘What’s in the best national interest?’ " Kelly told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The endorsement drew praise from Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, a statewide pro-life organization.
"This endorsement is indicative of the thousands and thousands of pro-life Democrats in Minnesota that will be crossing-over to support pro-life President Bush," MCCL director Scott Fischbach told LifeNews.com
"The extremist radical nature of John Kerry’s support for abortion is driving away voters in droves," Fischbach added. "Who amongst us — Republican, Democrat or Independent, can truly be comfortable in casting a vote for a man who supports partial-birth abortions."
Kelly’s announcement drew mixed reactions from elected officials.
Senator Norm Coleman, a pro-life Republican, called the endorsement "bipartisanship at its finest" while St. Paul DFL Party Chairman Jim Mogen called Kelly "a turncoat."
Kelly helped found Democrats for Life of Minnesota last August, a state chapter of the national Democrats for Life of America organization.
The national group recently held a rally at the Democratic convention in Boston and decried the party platform’s position in favor of abortion.
A plank noting the dissent over abortion in the party was removed from the latest version of the platform, engendering criticism from DFLA, which noted that some 43% of Democrats oppose abortion, according to a January 2004 Zogby International poll.
The mayor isn’t the only prominent pro-life Democrat to back Bush. Georgia Democratic Senator Zell Miller also supports the president’s re-election bid and is expected to speak at the Republican convention later this month.