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Abdu Bashir, Published July 11 2009

Just who is good enough for office?

I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican and in general don’t like politics. However, I was taken aback by The Forum’s front-page article with the title “Candidates not your typical Minnesotans.”

Norm Coleman has been in Minnesota politics for the past many years. Did you realize that he is not a typical Minnesotan only after Al Franken was declared a winner, or is there something about Franken you want to insinuate? Even if that is the case, why wasn’t this type of statement made during the primary, the election and the long fight?

What does it take to be a viable typical Minnesota candidate? How about the thousands of immigrants and refugees who chose to live in Minnesota and North Dakota? Are you implying that they and their descendants are not good enough to run for office?