By Beth Hawkins
Dan McGrath is executive director of Minnesota Majority, a conservative advocacy group lobbying in favor of a bill to put a proposed constitutional amendment requiring voters to show photo ID on the ballot in November, among other issues.
Dan McGrath — no relation — is executive director of Take Action Minnesota, a progressive advocacy group lobbying against the measure, among other issues.
Call either of them and ask about this and you’ll get the same initial response: A slow, resigned exhaling of breath, followed by a low chuckle that clearly reads as “Alrighty then, we’re going there,” followed by a joke.
“Bane of my existence,” quipped Take Action’s Dan McGrath.
“Amusing anecdotes abound,” supplied Minnesota Majority’s Dan McGrath.
“I get regular calls from people saying I’ve been misquoted in the paper,” continued the former.
“Any time Dan from Take Action is quoted in the paper or writes an op-ed, my phone starts ringing off the hook with people saying, ‘Have you lost touch with your senses?’” the latter added.
“Our world views could not be more different,” the former concurred.
It’s funny until it isn’t, the McGraths agreed.