To the editor:
Kevin Terrell's (IP-endorsed Senate candidate) frustration with the media and/or reporters is warranted, as Terrell expressed in Brian Bakst's AP story. During Terrell's dozens of public appearances and issue discussions, reporters failed to bring another valid political view into the Franken-McFadden senate coverage. It seems reporters have lost a bit of their edge in identifying newsworthy candidates and potential political and social solutions. It is both mindless and exciting to just cover horserace news stories - and you really can't get is wrong when all you report who is ahead. The culture within the media supports this as well. It takes more effort to do it different and better.
But the premise to bring another party and their candidate's viewpoint exists. During the county fair campaigns, the IP has a voting box set up and ask if the two-party system is working for them. It is not just that the votes are 10:1 in stating that it does not work for them, but the disdain on their faces when they read the question. I tell the fair voters when the Yes Box is fuller than the No Box, and then I get to go home. And I think the IP would do the same as well. Most all of us involved in the IP have busy lives and could fill our time doing many other things. But we are a party that is compelled to get out and climb this mountain, build a platform that changes the business model of government, bring a bit more freedom to individuals and tap into the entrepreneurism and innovation of the practitioners of the economy.
People want us, or something other than the entrenched parties to succeed; they are looking for and the media is looking away. The IP has not found the right path yet, but is not far off. And every new movement, idea, concept and political party that ever was, was exactly where the IP is today. And unlike many media reporters that show up late, give a quick glance around and write another horse race story, I am confident the IP party will at least get up into the foothills of that mountain in November and live another day to climb higher.
Lt. Governor Candidate
Hannah Nicollet for Governor