Friday, February 08, 2008

Jeff Johnson's accomplishments show ability to lead

Jeff Johnson (photo: Minnesota House of Representatives)Most people like Jeff Johnson, currently running for the Republican endorsement in the nonpartisan Hennepin County Commissioner race in District 7. He's a family man, was a respected legislator in the Minnesota House, and has an easy manner and sense of humor — the latter of which is apparent in Johnson's recollections of his 2006 run for attorney general in the current issue of Minnesota Law & Politics (the perspective of time reveals just how bizaare that campaign really was — anyone remember Matt Entenza?).

But does Johnson have what it takes to stand up for conservative values, or even work for conservative reforms, on the Hennnepin County board?

In an endorsement letter, Sen. Gen Olson (R-Minnetrista) highlighted Johnson's signature accomplishments as a Representative in the Minnesota House:
Jeff was a conservative leader in the legislature. He set out early in his legislative career to accomplish some big things and then did so. His victories included successfully leading the fight against the Trial Lawyers’ Association on major lawsuit reform, significantly limiting the power of government to take private property through eminent domain and protecting kids from extremely violent and sexually explicit video games and Internet pornography.

"I cannot think of anyone better to be our next Hennepin County Commissioner," added Olson.

Johnson told me that he also has the support of legislators that include Rep. John Berns (R-Wayzata), Rep. Sarah Anderson (R-Plymouth), Rep. Steve Smith (R-Mound), and former Rep. Bill Haas (R-Champlin).

Republican activist Larry Colson, Maple Grove, said,

"Despite Jeff's friendly demeanor, he's a pretty tough guy. In the Minnesota House, he led fights against groups like the Trial Lawyers' Association, Education Minnesota, the League of Minnesota Cities and the national video game industry — and won. Jeff's living proof that civility and effectiveness in politics don't have to be mutually exclusive."

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