DFL Lt. Gov. candidate Judi Dutcher campaigned around the state Tuesday. When she got to Alexandria, a local television reporter from KSAX asked her about E85.
Dutcher: "E85...The Job Z zones you're talking about?"
Reporter: "I'm just basically asking about E85 in general, how we've turned around a lot economies out here, saved some small towns...
Dutcher: Can't even comment on it, I'm sorry. It's like you've asked me the college quiz bowl question. What is E85?
Reporter: That's fine, that's fine.
Dutcher: What is it?
Reporter: E85, the gas.
Dutcher: E85 gas...
Dutcher: "He's asking me about E85 gas. It's like the college...
Man off camera: It's Ethanol.
Dutcher: Thank you, Thank you. What has he said about ethanol?
Man off camera: Oh, Mike [Hatch]? He's 100 percent for ethanol.
Dutcher: Yea, but, I can't tell you specific programs. I'm sorry. I bombed out. Sorry."
I heard a story about this on MPR this morning, and they played the audio of the encounter. Very painful to listen to – Dutcher comes off sounding like some ditzy high school kid (my apologies to any ditzy higher school kids out there)