Statement from DFL Chairman Ken Martin about Sen. Scott Newman

“A day before the Republican State Convention, the Party finally has a candidate to run against Minnesota’s effective and proven Attorney General, Lori Swanson.

“As a legislator, Newman has not served on commerce committees that deal with issues similar to those handled by the Attorney General’s Office. He’s voted consistently with his Party and has supported constitutional amendments denying people the right to marry or to vote without identification; eliminating middle-class jobs; and deep cuts to the state’s public higher education system. Also as a legislator, Newman has a history of filing complaints against the Secretary of State and a former commissioner of the Department of Finance.

“Newman has shown to be a guard dog for the Republican Party; it’s hard to see how he would transform into a watchdog for all Minnesotans.”