STATEMENT OF CHAIR BRIAN MELENDEZ
Calls on Republican leadership to abandon divisive, fearful agenda
ST. PAUL (2/24/06)—"I was deeply saddened to see the outrageous expression of hate directed toward the family and friends of Cpl. Andrew Kemple, of Anoka, at the fallen soldier’s funeral yesterday.
"It was heartening to hear Governor Tim Pawlenty’s denunciation of that divisive behavior. Unfortunately, the Minnesota Republican Party continues fostering ideas and policies that drive a wedge through our state and, taken to their extreme, can lead to the hate, fear and prejudice we saw yesterday.
"The Minnesota Republican Party, Governor Pawlenty, Representative Mark Kennedy, Speaker Steve Sviggum, State Senator Michele Bachmann and State Representative Dan Severson are leading this agenda in our state. Surely, yesterday's events in Anoka show us that such an agenda is best left out of the public realm."
The Drama Queen howls:
But Governor Pawlenty and State Representative Dan Severson both condemed yesterday's protest:
"Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who said he was 'disgusted' by confrontational anti-gay picketers at a soldier's funeral in Anoka, on Friday said he'd support a bill to limit protests at such events.
'I was appalled by the behavior and message and insensitivity of the protesters,' Pawlenty said at a news conference. He also expressed his anger during his weekly Friday morning radio show." Source: Star Tribune, February 24, 2006
"Several Minnesota lawmakers have introduced bills here in advance of the legislative session, which starts Wednesday. One, proposed by Rep. Dan Severson, R-Sauk Rapids, would require that protesters at all funerals be required to stay at least 300 feet away from mourners.
'People have a right to demonstrate, but they don't have a right to infringe on the rights of a family trying to mourn the loss of a loved one,' Severson said. 'That too is a fundamental right.'" Source: Star Tribune, February 24, 2006
It was interesting that the Drama Queen did nothing to defend Michele Bachmann.
Governor Pawlenty and Dan Severson spoke at a rally at the capitol with signs like these:
Governor Pawlenty spoke at this 2004 Bachmann amendment rally, as did Rep. Dan Severson. Governor Pawlenty, Speaker Sviggum and Dan Severson never publicly condemned these signs. Does anyone know whether Congressman Mark Kennedy attended the 2004 Bachmann amendment rally?