Meg Tuthill announced this morning that she will continue to run for re-election to the Minneapolis City Council in Ward 10 despite losing the DFL endorsement to Lisa Bender.
Another DFL endorsement loser, Matt Perry in Ward 13, has remained silent for several weeks following his defeat to Linea Palmisano.
Perry has not returned three phone calls from the Southwest Journal since May 11, when DFL delegates picked Palmisano. His campaign staffer afterward said Perry would “suspend his campaign.”
When asked by e-mail if that meant Perry would end his campaign, Perry wrote, “my campaign is suspended.” He has not responded to follow-up questions via e-mail or phone.
Both Perry and Tuthill promised to abide by the DFL endorsement when asked during a screening by the Stonewall DFL, according to these surveys.
Tuthill’s campaign manager, Jesse Winkler, confirmed that Tuthill made that statement to Stonewall DFL, but said Tuthill changed her mind.
“I don’t see it as breaking a promise,” Winkler said. “She has the right to change her mind if she so wishes. She changed her mind to do what’s best for the ward, and what’s best for the ward is that she continues her campaign.”
Tuthill, at the April 27 convention, told delegates that she would suspend her campaign if someone else got the endorsement. Winkler said the campaign has been suspended from the end of the convention until today.
Tuthill during that time has continued to update her Facebook campaign page (Meg Tuthill for 10th Ward). Winkler said Tuthill did that because some of her friends only follow her campaign page and she wanted to keep them up to date.
Backlash against Tuthill was immediate. Kendal Killian, who lost the endorsement and supported Bender, wrote on Tuthill’s Facebook page: “Very disappointed to hear that Meg Tuthill will be breaking her word and continuing her campaign for City Council.”
Bender, since winning the endorsement, has continued campaigning and has picked up endorsements from U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, the Stonewall DFL and the Sierra Club.
In nearby Ward 13, Palmisano is also pushing on with her campaign. She has an event at Turtle Bread scheduled for June 19.