Brendon for Mayor web site debuts

After having his A Play A Day & Lysteria blog featured in the January 2008 “Best of the Twin Cities” edition of Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine (The best blogs by locals–from near and far),  Brendon Etter, textbook manager of the Carleton Bookstore, earlier this week announced his candidacy for Mayor in a comment here on Locally Grown.


He now has a Brendon for Mayor web site. See how this grass roots campaign has become a juggernaut by reviewing these recent blog posts:


  1. Griff,

    Please… “juggernaut”?

    I wouldn’t be so biased and vague in your reportage. Let’s go with “smoky, sensual juggernaut.”

    That’s so much more objective and clear.

    I would like to note that presently, we (by which I mean “me”, but you can’t begin a sentence with “me” as a subject):

    – are the leading write-in candidate for Northfield Mayor
    – are the only candidate already in the general election
    – are not too fond of ferrets
    – would serve if elected

    Pay attention to the blog and the website for developing news. For instance, the website now has a cool MIDI patriotic song selection feature, exactly as the voters of Northfield demanded!

    July 18, 2008
  2. Brendon:
    In terms of party organization, creation of a manifesto, recruitment of candidates and some of the pitfalls to avoid in development, I refer you to the Official Monster Raving Looney Party (as distinct from the Raving Looney Green Giant Party, the result of a split in 1989) formed in the early 70’d by Screaming Lord Such (

    The message to the electorate of the most recent elected member of the OMRLP, R.U.Serious, is “if at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving’s not for you”.

    July 18, 2008
  3. Thanks, Norman!

    Always good to have some mentors! We hate having to reinvent all these square wheels.

    Glad to see you are one of our fervent supporters! Welcome aboard the ship. Please wipe your feet. Lifejackets definitely do not function properly.

    July 18, 2008
  4. I might support you, Brendon, if you could make me your honorary sister. I have a sibling in the contest.
    Norm, I love that skydiving reference!

    July 18, 2008
  5. Susan,

    Done. Now, for Christmas, dear sister, here’s a short list of prized possibles I’ve got my eye on…

    July 18, 2008
  6. […] dreams, but I am fully on board with Brendon Etter’s. Brendon Etter is a frequent contributor to both the politics and culture of Northfield, Minnesota. He is an upstanding young citizen of the very best kind: he’s intelligent, informed, and he has […]

    July 18, 2008
  7. Well, triplew00t for Athena! (w00tw00tw00t)

    Massachusetts hippies? Those are practically my favorite brand of hippy! When I’m out shopping, I always ask for Massachusetts-brand hippies by name!!

    I’ll do what I can to earn their votes in this campaign!

    They could start by sending my name, written in their handwriting, to me. Might as well start collecting write-in votes now.

    See that everyone? I’m a self-starter!

    July 18, 2008
  8. Curt Benson said:

    Brendon, to reflect the seriousness of your political aspirations, I suggest a change in your Gravatar. You’ve got to go with a pantsuit. A little cleavage might help too.

    July 24, 2008
  9. Good ideas, Curt. As official design / wardrobe consultant for my campaign, I value your opinions on such vital issues.

    I’m desperately in need of a much better push-up bra. Any ideas, ladies?

    July 24, 2008
  10. Randy Jennings said:

    Noting your tendency to post follow-up posts to your own posts before anyone else can get a word in edgewise, I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that you not stop the write-in juggernaut at a campaign for mayor, but that you extend the effort to all available municipal positions. “Etter for Everything” has a nice ring.

    The obvious benefit to the citizenry is that, should your crack legal team figure out a way for you to hold all offices simultaneously (I know this isn’t Florida, but hey, shenanigans can happen!), we will have only one person to blame for whatever failings emerge. The upside for you is that, should things work out, you won’t have to share the glory or the spoils with anyone. Everyone wins, except the losers.

    Make Northfield a BEtter Community!

    July 24, 2008
  11. Randy Jennings said:

    Oops, I meant “smokey, sensual juggernaut” of a write-in campaign.

    July 24, 2008
  12. Well, Randy’s on my wavelength.

    I was not going to take his comments seriously, but then he threw in the “smoky, sensual” argument, and his logic and credibility became so much clearer.

    Thanks, Randy. Good to have another vote in the can, as it were.

    You will always be welcome during my reign.

    Unless I decide otherwise.

    I reserve the right to be fickle and capricious.

    Unless I unreserve those rights.


    July 24, 2008
  13. John Thomas said:

    A very good piece! Go Brendon!

    July 26, 2008
  14. Now that my honorary brother Brendon has had his candidacy legitimized in the Northfield News (oh, Jaci, what have you unleashed?), I would like to suggest to him that it is not too late for his write-in candidacy to be extended to that other contest this November, the presidency. Anyone remember Pat Paulsen of “The Smothers Brothers” show? He ran for president with the campaign slogan, “Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America’s destiny.” (Feel free to substitute “Northfield” for “America” if you wish to appropriate this slogan, Brendon.) In 1996 Pat Paulsen won 1 per cent of the votes in the New Hampshire primary, coming in second to Bill Clinton, so you never know, Brendon, what heights you might attain! When Paulsen had his own show on ABC in 1969, called “Half a Comedy Hour,” Hubert Humphrey appeared on it. Who would you choose as your guest, should you go national?

    July 26, 2008
  15. Thanks Griff and John T. I’ll count those comments as two votes for me as per my cost and time-saving UltraDemocracy principles.


    I already knew I had your vote.  What has your brother ever done for you.  Me, on the other hand…

    On my talk show, I will have as a guest whoever fits in a bikini in my hot tub in just the right way.  I’m going to do whatever I can to make sure that more women are involved in politics.

    That’s how dedicated I am to service.

    July 28, 2008
  16. I forgot to add that I have a brother running for the presidency. Not David, but Brad in Idaho, under the name Phil S. Steen. See, click on Phil Steen4President Headquarters. Now I am thinking that Brad and Brendon should team up, and arm wrestle for who gets to be on top of that ticket. Both have proclaimed “no felony convictions,” by the way.

    July 28, 2008
  17. Is that your real brother, Susan, or is he another honorary brother?

    I like the alliteration of Brad and Brendon; that works well.

    Do you think he’d like the help? I see he’s more into conspiracy theories than I am, but he does have to appeal to a wider audience.

    July 29, 2008
  18. Oh, yes, quite real. His last name is Sondahl, a combination of his wife’s last name and Hvistendahl when they married. Brad is a graduate of the Paracollege at St. Olaf, in art, and is a potter in Spirit Lake, Idaho. As for Phil S. Steen, you will have to ask him about possible future electoral collaborations.

    July 29, 2008
  19. Brad Sondahl said:

    I’m sorry, I already have Gen. Irving R. Feldbrook as a running mate. But I’m glad this topic came up, because I’ve been so busy I forgot I was running for president, so now I’ll get my campaign back on track…
    Brad “Phil Steen” Sondahl

    July 29, 2008
  20. I understand what you’re saying Brad. I’ve been so busy running for mayor that I’ve forgotten I was almost mortal.

    Weird how that works.

    July 29, 2008
  21. By the way, I will accept apologies in this forum or on, but not over the phone.

    Good luck on making your apology videos, Northfield.

    Remember: It’s the least you can do.

    July 29, 2008
  22. Dearest Northfield Types,

    I must make you all aware of the very authentic and substantive political event that I will be staging at some time in the future.

    It promises to be an important and inspirational moment in Northfield politics that your children and your children’s children and your children’s children’s android-replicant autonomous living units will remember / store in the liquid memory banks for centuries to come.

    Thank you. 

    August 5, 2008
  23. You should probably check this list to see if you’re my enemy or not.

    This is a free service provided for all by Brendon Etter for Mayor

    August 6, 2008
  24. Patrick Enders said:

    Brendon wrote:

    When I’m Mayor, I will pass ordinances against ice on the roads. If it loiters for too long, I will issue steep fines against the weather system responsible. If the weather doesn’t pay, I’ll file secret charges against it in a neighboring climate.

    Your platform bears significant resemblance to that of another great leader, King Arthur.

    “A law was made a distant moon ago here:
    July and August cannot be too hot.
    And there’s a legal limit to the snow here
    In Camelot.
    The winter is forbidden till December
    And exits March the second on the dot.
    By order, summer lingers through September
    In Camelot.
    Camelot! Camelot!
    I know it sounds a bit bizarre,
    But in Camelot, Camelot
    That’s how conditions are.”

    from allmusicalsdotcom-lyrics-camelot-camelotdothtm

    Brendon: why settle for Mayor, when you could be King!

    August 7, 2008
  25. Dear Patrick,

    Shit yeah!

    – Brendon

    August 7, 2008
  26. I most happily report that I am having an awesome affair!

    Check it before I wreck it.

    This is so much better than my first campaign-related sex scandal.  This is a sex scandal for the people!

    August 7, 2008

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