Minnesota Republicans trying to oust Governor Mark Dayton from office are giving negative reviews to the final State of the State speech of the Democrat's term.
Reaction from the field of challengers was sharp and swift Wednesday night.
Most GOP candidates for governor called the speech political and hypocritical. Former state Representative Marty Seifert says Dayton's call for unity rang hollow given his frequent clashes with GOP lawmakers.
Representatuive Greg Davids of Preston said he was underwhelmed by the speech.
Businessman Scott Honour says Dayton's rosy speech masked a state that's underachieving because "we are accepting mediocrity instead of striving for excellence."
Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson says Dayton's address came off as a "personal re-election speech."