Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Don Samuels For Mayor, The Minnesota Daily Interviews Johnny Northside...

Don Samuels, stock photo and blog post by John Hoff

The Minnesota Daily called me yesterday and asked some questions about the mayoral campaign of Don Samuels, quoting me in their article which appeared today, click here.

Things I said which did NOT appear in the article were as follows...

While I support Don Samuels as my favorite candidate, I am actually pleased with all the candidates who are running, not counting the "perennial also rans" who just like to see their names on the ballot. Gary Schiff, Jackie Cherryhomes, and Betsy Hodges are all fine people who would do a good job as mayor and I'd be comfortable with all of them.

I do have some concerns that Hodges is running too soon and might want to consider a run some years down the line, but I still think she's a good and viable candidate. I also think if it comes down to who has the biggest war chest and is the most prepared to run the race, Jackie Cherryhomes is likely to blow everybody else out of the water.

I told the Minnesota Daily reporter about two incidents that happened in the neighborhood, quite recently, which revealed the character of Don Samuels. One incident was the time a drunk urinated on Samuels' porch but instead of growing enraged, Samuels gently led the man down the street to the halfway house where the guy resided, click here for that story.

The second incident was when a group of young burglars broke into the home of a senior citizen. Samuels lectured the apparent leader of the burglars about how the role of a man is not to terrify women and children, but to protect them.

Anyway, I'm always good for a quote but it's rather interesting that one media entity would interview another media entity. It's almost like more mainstream media entities prefer to view bloggers as experts or known people with an opinion rather than fellow members of the media. It's a little odd and awkward. I almost feel like saying, "OK, great, now that you're done interviewing me LET ME INTERVIEW YOU."

But whatever.

Heaven knows I love to see my name in print, and it was spelled correctly. And I loved the point of the article:

Don Samuels for Mayor.



Anonymous said...

I could be mistaken, but i believe that is your buddy Jim Watkins sitting in the hoosegow and on the Sheriff's Jail Roster for a D.W.I.. If it is, is he in town to pay you back a favor? Maybe it ain't him.

Jordan neighbor said...

I would guess they were interviewing you more because you are a resident of north Mpls with connections as an individual. You've served on boards, you've interacted with (this particular) candidate. They were interviewing John Hoff.

Not interviewing "Johnny Northside The Blog"

Anonymous said...

Interview? You are quite the egotist Mr.Johnny"North Dakota Side". Go Back

Anonymous said...

Is that James Watkins in Hennepin county jail on the roster your pal?

Anonymous said...

Hopefully he would direct more positive attention and money to North.

Anonymous said...

Don Samuels voted to nullify the city charter and fund the vikings stadium with city resources, the narrow opinion of the city attorney not withstanding. No Thanks. Cherryhomlmes has done an equal amount of financial damage to the city during her time on the council....

Anonymous said...

BURGER KING SUMMIT??? Are you joking? That might be the absolute DUMBEST STATEMENT OF THE CENTURY!
I know that you see yourself as some high-roller do-gooder but, in the real world you are nothing but a "could-have-been."
Burger King Summit.... God, I freaking LOVE THAT!!!

Johnny Northside! said...

To the person who submitted a comment about somebody named Jim Watkins who is sitting in jail right this moment, this is the jail roster info being referenced.

Booking Number: 2013003801
Date of Birth: 12/5/1975
Sheriff's Custody: IN CUSTODY . .
Housing Location: PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY Address
Received Date/Time: 2/12/2013.. 15:25
Arrested By: HCSO
Case/Count Description of Charge Charged By Reason for Arrest Severity of Charge State of Charge Bail Information Court Appearance Date/Time Court Appearance Location
HWB BY DC 2/15/2013..10:00 DOWNTOWN Address
BAIL SET BY JAIL 2/15/2013..10:00 DOWNTOWN Address

The address listed for this individual is 117 Mississippi Lane, Champlin, Minnesota.

Frankly, I don't know if it's my "buddy" (quote marks of sarcasm) because I don't pay that close of attention to him, so I don't even know his birthday off the top of my head.

Anonymous said...

Would there be a better candidate to help lift North out of its second-world status?

Johnny Northside! said...

Jim Watkins, the anti-Johnny himself, posted a comment which is rejected but says, in summary, the "other" Jim Watkins is not him. Then he whines about how I surely must know when his birthday is, blah blah blah.

Anonymous said...

everyone knows jimmy's birthday...and i will get my money from you if i have to take it out of your ass, jeemy. tejas, minny, do not matta cause i will exact my pound of flesh

Anonymous said...

Thanks for letting me know who not to support. Your endorsement is the kiss of death for a candidate.

Anonymous said...

I see where Cherryhomes is being endorsed by ex-mayor Sayles-Belton. They hope to team up again so we can unite and be called "MURDERAPOLIS" like we were under their watch back in 1995. I believe we were given the moniker by a New York newspaper and the story was on the front page. Don Samuels Please.