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Trump supporters eye disenchanted Democrats in greater Minnesota


August 25, 2020

Former DFL legislator Steve Wenzel of Little Falls held a photo of himself taken June of 1972 of himself with DFL heavy hitters Walter Mondale, Hubert Humphrey, Wenzel and Wendell Anderson, taken on the occasion of a DFL takeover of the House in the last election. Wenzel now supports Donald Trump. ] GLEN STUBBE • Monday, August 24, 2020

Steve Wenzel served nearly three decades in the Minnesota Legislature as a Democrat, inspired by party icons like former President John F. Kennedy and Vice President Hubert Humphrey.

But this week he is supporting President Donald Trump as a delegate to the virtual Republican National Convention. Wenzel, a politics professor at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, said the Democratic Party has "drifted leftward to the point where I can't even recognize it."

The Little Falls resident also participated in the 2016 Republican convention but headed into that gathering wary of Trump. He preferred former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich - who has endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.


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