Minnesota voters will get the chance to vote for "Papa John Kolstad" as a Green Party candidate for attorney general this year, and they'll even get to see him listed under his nickname on the ballot. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports:
But Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer told him at first that he would be listed only as John Kolstad.
"You can't use a title," Kiffmeyer had said in an interview last week. "Papa is a type of title, like Doc or Grandma."
Kolstad appealed, saying he's been known as Papa John' throughout the state, distinguishing him from several other John Kolstads in Minnesota. He also cited his song, recorded on a recent CD, "I Was Always a Papa," and noted that Hubert Humphrey III and Hubert Humphrey IV had been listed on the last two statewide ballots, respectively, as Skip and Buck.
Bet Carole Keeton, err Grandma, Strayhorn of Texas is jealous. I mean, "Papa" is OK, but "Grandma" isn't?