DFL snubs Dayton

Former U.S. Senator Mark Dayton is not getting a lot of love at the DFL state convention, at least from party officials.

Dayton is running for governor but is not seeking the DFL endorsement. He plans to run in the Aug. 10 primary and his name will not be placed in nomination at the convention tomorrow. Dayton told reporters today that DFL leaders would not grant him access to the convention floor today. He said he was astounded by the decision.

["This party's big enough for everybody including people who have respectful disagreements about the process which ultimately comes down to a primary and I don't know why the DFL party is so afraid of having a primary where all of the people of Minnesota get to decide who the nominee's going to be." Dayton said. "But, again that's their decision to make."

Party Chairman Brian Melendez is standing behind his decision and notes Dayton was granted access to areas of the convention outside of the floor.

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