Meet Dave

I think Governor Dayton is wrong when he wants to increase taxes on families and businesses, and I haven’t been afraid to say so -- and I hope you’ll stand with me in challenging the Governor’s failed record.

I’m an ordinary man, and with your help, I’ll have the honor to serve as Governor of Minnesota.

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Whom do the Democrats fear?

Dear Delegate:

Thank you so much for the outpouring of support for Team Thompson over the last several months. Because of your efforts, we are in a good position to win the endorsement on May 31, and take our campaign to all Minnesota voters. More and more people are coming on board as our message takes hold.

Almost 10 months ago we launched our campaign for governor. From day one my priorities have been to build grass roots support, win your endorsement, put together a good organization, and raise the resources to win this election and defeat Mark Dayton.

In the most competitive and crowded fundraising field in recent history, our campaign is proving it is gaining steam while others are losing momentum.

I am not a career politician. Unlike my opponents, my “Rolodex” does not contain a long list of political contributors built over years of running for office or holding Party positions. As a sitting Senator, I have been defending you at the Capitol since February 25. These responsibilities limit my time to campaign and fundraise. And finally, I have stayed true to my convictions by not participating in the Political Contribution Refund (PCR) program. Some people told me this was unwise, but I believe it is always best to do what you believe is right, even if it puts you to a bit of a political disadvantage.

Despite all of this, in the first quarter of 2014, our campaign raised $67,000.

We have proven that we can win the battle of ideas, we have put together a good organization, and we can raise money. We have proven that we have what it takes to win the endorsement, fend off any primary challengers, and defeat Governor Dayton in November.

Please take just a few minutes and listen to this radio segment known as “ask the liberal.” You will hear it from the horse’s mouth: Democrats in this state do not want to face Dave Thompson and Michelle Benson in the general election!

Thank you again for your support!


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Join Us On Monday, April 21st

Please join me on Monday, April 21st, for an opportunity to meet with my very good friend and Republican candidate for governor, Senator Dave Thompson!

We will be at the following locations Monday evening:

Place: Timbers Restaurant, 270 W 3rd St., Winona, MN 55987
Time: 5:00 P.M to 6:30 P.M.

Place: Corky’s Pizza & Ice Cream, 25 S Walnut St., La Crescent, MN 55947
Time: 7:00 P.M to 8:30 P.M.

Choose the time and location that works for you! I look forward to seeing you on Monday!

Enthusiastically Yours,

Representative Steve Drazkowski

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Lanes, Not Trains…

Yesterday I attended a public hearing on the Southwest corridor light-rail line.
These were my thoughts throughout the meeting.

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Dishonest or Incompetent: What Didn’t He Know, and When Didn’t He Know It

“The Buck Stops with Me” – Mark Dayton, MPR, December 19, 2013

Lakeville, MN – Senator Dave Thompson, candidate for Governor, and Senator Michelle Benson, candidate for Lt. Governor, issued the following joint statement in response to reports that Governor Dayton was aware, prior to its October 1, 2013 launch, that systemic problems with the website could prevent thousands of Minnesotans from obtaining health care coverage.

“Governor Dayton is either dishonest or incompetent. And while we do not take these words lightly, the facts now make clear that Governor Dayton had enough advance notice to stop the train wreck that is MnSure, and he chose to do nothing.

“The fact is, Governor Dayton knew well before the meeting at his residence cited by the Star Tribune that Minnesota was hurtling towards disaster. The Governor had ample opportunity to understand the short comings of MNsure operations. 

  • In the fall of 2012, CIO Tom Baden told the MNsure Oversight Committee that operations were situation “rellow” (red or yellow status), meaning most critical tasks were behind schedule.
  • On January 31, 2013, Senator Benson sat across from the Governor at a breakfast meeting and told him that the exchange would not be ready by October 1, 2013. Senator Benson warned the administration that without a drastic change in the scope of work, the system would fail.
  • During the 2013 session, Republicans pleaded with Governor Dayton to allow experts to serve on the MNsure Board of Directors. 
  • In the summer of 2013, experts told us repeatedly that the exchange would not be ready for an October 1, 2013 launch.
  • On January 10, 2014, Governor Dayton told MinnPost that he “didn’t know about the serious technical issues plaguing MNSure until after the exchange’s October 1 launch.”

We come to the unfortunate conclusion that either the governor isn’t telling us the truth, or he is incapable of performing the job that he was elected to do.

Either way, the only way we will make sure that the people of Minnesota get the health care, the leadership, and the honesty that they need is by electing a new Governor.


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Let’s Make A Statement


We have less than 24 hours to make a statement.

We are about $3,500 away from our online fundraising goal, but to hit that milestone before tonight’s midnight deadline, I’ll need your help.

Please chip in $50, $100 or any amount you can afford to help us reach our end of quarter goal!

I know that if everyone reading this email chips in, we’ll easily surpass our goal and send a powerful message to our opponents that we have the momentum in this race and the support to sprint toward the finish line.

We must beat Mark Dayton! I believe my communications experience makes me the candidate that can inspire the base and win over all Minnesotans to replace Governor Dayton and restore a Republican majority to the House!

Let’s send a signal we’re going to win this race and restore conservative leadership in Minnesota! That we’re going to stop Mark Dayton’s tax increases that will crush our economy! That we’re going to keep Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid from taking more money from Minnesota and sending it to other states! And that we’re going to focus on fixing our schools, creating jobs, and making our great state an even better place to call home!

To get to the Governor’s office, I need your help now. Donate $50, $100 or any amount you can afford to help us reach our end of quarter goal before the midnight deadline!

I’m looking forward to closing out the fundraising quarter strong and taking another important step toward victory.

Let’s make a statement today.


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Join Us On March 29th

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You hold the power…

Join the Thompson/Benson Team Today!

Dear Delegate:

Now that the BPOU conventions are over, I just wanted to take a few minutes of your time to do two things.

First, to thank you for the commitment you’ve made to our party by running for state delegate. It’s a huge time commitment, along with the cost of travel and hotels, and all that comes with being a delegate. With that commitment also comes something else: POWER. That’s the 2nd thing I wanted to discuss.

You have been given the power to choose our next Governor. Michelle and I spend hours in committees and on the Senate floor watching the Democrats attack and dismantle everything we hold dear. And because Mark Dayton is Governor, we are powerless to stop it.

We see them plan to spend tens of millions of dollars earned by hard working Minnesotans on wasteful projects like Tom Bakk’s Taj Mahal for Senators.

And then they claim to be tax cutters, but have proposed repeal of only a small percentage of the huge $2.1 billion tax increase passed last year.

They continue to tax and regulate, and Mark Dayton signs the bills because his staff tells him to, even though he hasn’t even read them. You have the power to fix that.

I’m the candidate who can beat Mark Dayton. I have been been in the arena for decades…not as a politician, but but as an activist, a radio host, the voice of the right on KSTP and a small business attorney. When I was elected to the Minnesota Senate, no one had to wonder how I would vote, or where I would stand.

I’ve been standing with you for years.

As your governor, I make the same promise: you’ll know where I stand, and you’ll always have an ally in the Governor’s office.

I’m one of only two of the candidates in this race that trust you with the power you’ve been given. I’ll abide by your endorsement because I trust you to make the right decision.

You hold the power to fix Minnesota. I promise to make you proud as your next Governor.

Dave Thompson

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Thompson: “The Senate doesn’t need a new building. And taxpayers certainly don’t need to be footing the bill.”

Lakeville, MN – State Senator and Candidate for Governor Dave Thompson released the following statement today, re-affirming his opposition to a $90 million Senate Office Building and questioning Governor Dayton’s need for additional office space.

“While I appreciate Governor Dayton attempting to provide his Republican successor with a more plush and decadent office, I think I speak for all of my colleagues here when I say that the current Corner Office will suit any of us just fine. I’m especially disappointed that the Governor claimed that “HVAC and ducts” were the cause for a new building; this reasoning rings hollow when we learn that the new arrangement will give the governor 62% more space.

“He doesn’t need it. The Senate doesn’t need a new building. And taxpayers certainly don’t need to be footing the bill.

“As a Senator, I opposed this wasteful use of funds, and I continue to do so. As governor, I will work with legislators from both parties put a stop to it.”

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One way to reverse Dayton’s tax hikes…

Governor Mark Dayton hasn’t been consistent about much since he was elected Governor, but he’s certainly been clear that he wants higher, more burdensome taxes on Minnesota families and businesses.

The result? More red-tape and more burdens on hard working individuals, families, and business owners.

There is only one way guaranteed way to reverse the Dayton tax hikes: Elect me as your next Governor!

To have the opportunity to serve, I’ll need your help. The end of the fundraising quarter is less than a week away, and your contribution of $25 or more will help us expose the Governor’s failed, liberal record and share our message with voters across Minnesota.

I pledge today I will work to repeal any tax hikes signed into law this year by Mark Dayton, and as Governor, I will work to create new jobs and new sources of revenue for the state. THAT is a better solution than considering raising taxes on Minnesota families or job providers.

If you oppose Mark Dayton’s job-killing tax hikes and liberal economic policies, chip in $25 or more today and help us expose his rhetoric and failures.

The Governor, and his liberal allies in the state legislature continue to put themselves–not the people–first. We deserve much better and with you by my side, we can win this election.

I appreciate your generosity and support!


Dave Thompson

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Greedy Democrats…

Earlier this week, Governor Mark Dayton admitted that tax relief is being held up by the Senate because Democrat senators insist on having the new $90 million senate office building.

Can you believe they made such a blunt admission?

It is shameful that Minnesotans might not get much needed tax relief because Democrat senators insist on building a shrine to themselves. But make no mistake about it, Governor Dayton is not innocent. He advocated and signed into law the very taxes he now wants repealed. He wants a “mulligan.”

We need someone who gets it right the first time and that’s why I’m running to replace Governor Dayton.

We’re deep in the midst of convention season, and as we move forward, we need to stand united to unset the Governor. Mark Dayton and his wealthy, powerful left-wing allies, are doing everything they can to fortify their positions. Will you stand with Senator Michelle Benson and me by contributing $10, $25, or any amount you can afford today?

It’s been a hard-fought campaign, and we’ve positioned ourselves very strongly thanks to the help of countless volunteers, supporters, and friends across Minnesota.

The next steps are winning the nomination, uniting our party, and defeating Mark Dayton.

With you by my side, we will achieve this victory so chip in $10, $25, or any amount you can afford today to help us spread our message to voters across Minnesota!

Thank You,


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