Inauguration surprise: No Daudt or Bakk

In a surprise move, the top Republican in the Minnesota House will be a no show today when DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is sworn in for a second term.

House Speaker-designate Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, was invited but does not plan to attend the noon inauguration event at the Landmark Center in St. Paul due to other commitments, according to a spokeswoman.

Daudt is preparing for Tuesday’s start of the 2015 Legislative session when he is expected to be elected speaker.

Daudt’s decision to not attend today’s festivities follows his repeated pledges to work with Dayton in the coming months to find common ground solutions.


In an equally surprising more, the top Democrat in the Minnesota Senate is also a no show. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, could not attend the inauguration due to scheduling issues, according to a spokeswoman.


Daudt is at a Minnesota House Republican Campaign Committee fundraiser that he was already committed to attending, but will attend a reception for the governor later in the day, according to his spokeswoman.

  • AndyBriebart

    Tim, is there a lot of policy stuff going on at the inauguration? Explain to me how this affects the ability for both to govern?

  • KTN

    This guy is already proving to be just another Republican punk, intent on more and more discord – which is a great way to govern. I wonder, does he still hang out with criminals.

    • AndyBriebart

      Bakk didn’t make it also. But that is COMPLETELY OK, cuz he’s a DFL’er.


      • KTN

        I suppose if you put words in my mouth sure, but since I didn’t mention him, or anyone else, not sure what your point is.
        Bakk should be their too.

      • theoacme

        Actually, Bakk is a RIF (Republican in Fact), just like Obama, Biden, Pelosi, George Soros, and every other Republican and Democrat that hasn’t condemned the rich (which would be all of them).