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Monday, March 03, 2008

Good Quote from Neil Peterson

Strib on the moderates who voted to override the Governor's Veto:

The six representatives who broke party ranks didn't act in concert, said Rep. Neil Peterson of Bloomington, although each was aware that others were considering supporting the override.

"The hardest part for me was the public lashing from the governor," he said. "It's hard not to take it personally."

In an interview, Peterson expressed concern about being expected to "march in step" to the caucus: "If that's the case, they might as well send a duck to do the job instead of me."

This is the reason I've always had problems with pledges.

It also looks like Ron Carey visited the convention of one of the three conventions in Heidgerken's district. So MN Publius's report that Dorothy Fleming was visiting conventions that weren't hers, but Carey wasn't to let delegates know their options of non-endorsement weren't true.

State Republican Party Chairman Ron Carey said his reading of the situation shows that many voters are upset with the gas-tax increase, particularly Republicans for whom lower taxes and smaller government are core beliefs.

"People do expect their local officials -- Republican or Democrat -- to stand on a key philosophy to gain support of the party," he said.

In his rounds of local party conventions last weekend, Carey visited one of three in Heidgerken's district west of St. Cloud, partly to make points about the veto override.

"It's not my job to call for the ouster of a representative," Carey said. "But I can let [delegates] know what their options are."