On the way to work this morning, we spotted a lawn sign advertising a candidate for the Minnesota Supreme Court. Glancing at the sign as we drove by, the first and last name on it looked familiar, but they were separated by what appeared to be a jumble of consonants.
It was only later that we realized the sign was advertising sitting justice Lorie Gildea -- that is, Lorie Skjerven Gildea. We're so used to referring to her by her married name only that we momentarily forgot her admirable Scandinavian roots.
We know Justice Gildea would never stoop to this, but it reminded us of the mini-flap a few years ago when, during her campaign for State Auditor, the candidate heretofore known as Pat Awada suddenly became Pat Anderson Awada. As political pandering goes, it's pretty mild stuff. But that's how we do things in de Gopher Staten.