Upon reflection, Tom Emmer’s governor race concession last week was different in a few ways.
First, the self-professed hockey nut held it in near-zero weather in front of his house, in his snow-covered yard. With no winter coat, Emmer was surrounded by five of his seven children, wife and other family members. Later, winner Mark Dayton delivered his victory speech in cramped Capitol meeting room with little of the personality, or bitter cold, that Emmer’s outdoor announcement showed.
Second, Emmer laughed often and actually stuck around longer than planned to chat with reporters, not always his favorite companions on the campaign trail. Emmer acted like he actually would miss them.
Third, running mate Annette Meeks was nowhere to be found. (Dayton’s running mate, Yvonne Prettner Solon also was missing in action, taking a long-planned vacation.)
A sign on the Emmer front porch seemed appropriate for a family with seven kids after a campaign in which he often featured his family: “We may not have it all together but together we have it all.”