The decision by Erin Murphy to select her fellow House lawmaker Erin Maye Quade as her running mate for governor has been welcomed by both Democrats and Republicans.
Quade's star has been rising in the Minnesota Legislature, grabbing headlines for her work leading efforts to combat sexual harassment at the State Capitol, and also staging a sit-in last month as she called for the GOP-led House and Senate to pass any kind of gun reforms.
On Sunday, a day after winning the DFL endorsement at the state convention in Rochester, Erin Murphy selected the Apple Valley-Lakeville lawmaker as her pick for lieutenant governor.
"I chose Representative Maye Quade because she is an exceptional leader who shares my optimistic and ambitious vision for Minnesota," Murphy said.
"She rolls up her sleeves and digs into solving problems. She’s a fierce advocate for children, families and veterans. I know that she will be a strong running mate in this election and an even better Lieutenant Governor for all the people of Minnesota."
The Murphy and Quade pairing comes in a year Democratic voters are expected to opt for progressive candidates – exemplified by Murphy's endorsement win over the more moderate Tim Walz at the DFL convention.
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Quade becomes the first openly LGBT candidate for statewide office in Minnesota, and should Murphy win, would become one of the youngest to serve as lieutenant governor at the age of just 32.
Her pick also means the Murphy/Quade team is comprised of two candidates from the Twin Cities metro, though Quade stressed on Sunday that she has family in several parts of Greater Minnesota, including the Iron Range.
Why Republican leaders are happy
While Murphy's selection has been met with acclaim among some Democratic leaders in Minnesota, there was also a positive reaction from members of the Minnesota GOP who see an advantage in their candidate potentially facing two staunch progressives.
Ben Golnik, the Republican strategist and executive director of the majority caucus, tweeted the following after Quade's pick was announced.
Murphy's potential opponent in November, GOP endorsee Jeff Johnson, called their pairing "the most leftwing ticket in Minnesota history" at a Monday press conference, saying: "There's a bit of a train wreck on the DFL side.
These views were shared by House Speaker Kurt Daudt, a colleague of both Murphy and Quade's, who reacted to Murphy's choice with: "Wait, what?"
He then had this to say.
As well as seeing an advantage in the gubernatorial race, Quade's run for lieutenant governor would present an opportunity in her house district 57A, which GOPers had already identified as a potential pickup come November.
Before Murphy/Quade turn their attentions to November however, they still face an August primary against Tim Walz and his running mate, Rep. Peggy Flanagan.