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Mark Dayton Is Proud of What Target Was, Not Necessarily What It’s Become

Minnesota governor hopeful Mark Dayton, of the Democratic-Farmer Labor Party and whose family’s company created the Target store chain, is leading his Republican opponent Tom Emmer by about 10 points in the polls. Will that lead go up or down now that Dayton is (calmly) slamming Emmer and Target?

“Personally, I’m disappointed in that decision,” Dayton told a reporter Tuesday of Target’s donation to MN Forward, which is funneling cash toward electing Emmer. “I am very proud of what my father and his brothers, who are my uncles, and thousands of Minnesotans built as the Dayton-Hudson Corporation and Target is one of those subsidiaries. You know, my family’s been out of the operating side of the business for about the last, almost the last 30 years. I don’t hold any stock directly in Target in my own holdings. I don’t know the percent of my family’s holding in Target but I would estimate it is less than one percent of the actively traded shares in the company and certainly my family has no voice in the actions of Target corporation.”

They better not: Target is supporting your opponent! Also, the company’s executives kind of have a hard on for anti-gay candidates as a matter of policy, so that’d be sort of awkward.

By:          Ryan Tedder
On:           Aug 26, 2010
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    • Michael in San Jose

      Just read today in the San Jose Mercury that Target is partnering with “Radio Shack” to sell electronics in their discount stores. I have not been in a Radio Shack in over 20 years because of their support for anti-gay causes. This should leave no doubt what the management of this company is all about. I definitely will never be in a Target store again.

      Aug 26, 2010 at 12:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jason

      And don’t forget, Mark Dayton supports marriage equality


      Aug 26, 2010 at 11:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kent J

      Too bad Minnesota is filled with Sheep. Tom Emmer was the man.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 9:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Soupy

      Emmer was pro-life, anti-gay, and wanted to abolish the minimum wage. If Emmer was your man, you are a self loathing homosexual.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 9:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • justiceontherocks

      I’d like to trade Minnesota to Canada for Ontario and a province to be named later.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 10:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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