Tuesday, November 20, 2012 By Aaron Brown
“Tommy Rukavina knows the Range. Tommy Rukavina speaks for the Range. Tommy Rukavina is the Range. I begin my remarks with those three quotes from Tommy Rukavina,” [U.S. Senator Al] Franken joked.And:
“He’s gotten a little conservative in his old age. He’s a socialist now,’’ said state Rep. Carly Melin, DFL-Hibbing.Gov. Mark Dayton, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rukavina's replacement in the legislature, Rep.-elect Jason Metsa, was also on hand to roast Napoleon of the Iron Range, along with Rukavina's family and several decades worth of friends and political colleagues. I regret that I could not attend the event, but had I been there, this is the strategy I would have deployed.
The long run time and volume of speakers appears to have delayed or otherwise deterred posting the video, but I have some photos of the event from Ted Fiskevold below the jump.
|Gov. Mark Dayton gives his roast of former opponent Tom Rukavina.|
|More than 400 people attended the evening's festivities.|
|A Tom Rukavina speech is always better in front of a large photo of Tom Rukavina.|
|Rep.-elect Jason Metsa (DFL-Virginia), who will succeed Rukavina in the legislature.|
|Rukavina greets Rep.-elect Rick Nolan.|
Photo essay by Ted Fiskevold, member of National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981, Twin Cities Chapter 13, AFL-CIO. You can see more of Ted's work at his blogozine.