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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Hagee Endorsement for McCain Has Bill Donahue from Catholic League Calling on McCain to Denounce Hagee

Wall St Journal:

On Thursday John McCain welcomed the endorsement of John Hagee, but a day later the Arizona senator sought to maintain some distance from the evangelical leader after the Catholic League and the Democratic National Committee called on McCain to denounce his support, citing controversial remarks Hagee has made in the past on a variety of subjects.

“Yesterday, Pastor John Hagee endorsed my candidacy for president in San Antonio, Texas. However, in no way did I intend for his endorsement to suggest that I in turn agree with all of Pastor Hagee’s views, which I obviously do not,” McCain said today in a statement, “I am hopeful that Catholics, Protestants and all people of faith who share my vision for the future of America will respond to our message of defending innocent life, traditional marriage, and compassion for the most vulnerable in our society.”

Catholic League President Bill Donohue released a statement Thursday entitled “McCain Embraces Bigot” and accused Hagee of a decades long “unrelenting war against the Catholic Church.”


A commenter suggests why McCain isn't coming down harder on Hagee:

tom- Mccain is worried about Tx, Huckabee is drawing in 1000 at his rally, I was at one yesterday, Huckabee wins TX it is all over 4 Mccain. The news don’t want people to know how well Huckabee is doing in Tx, but Mccain knows.
Broken convention

Comment by sam - February 29, 2008 at 6:20 pm


Here's the Catholic League Statement:

McCAIN EMBRACES BIGOT

February 28, 2008


Yesterday, Senator John McCain said he was “very honored by Pastor John Hagee’s endorsement.” The Republican presidential hopeful also called Hagee “the staunchest leader of our Christian evangelical movement,” citing the minister’s pro-Israel stance.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue addressed this today:

“There are plenty of staunch evangelical leaders who are pro-Israel, but are not anti-Catholic. John Hagee is not one of them. Indeed, for the past few decades, he has waged an unrelenting war against the Catholic Church. For example, he likes calling it ‘The Great Whore,’ an ‘apostate church,’ the ‘anti-Christ,’ and a ‘false cult system.’ To hear the bigot in his own words, click here. Note: he isn’t talking about the Buddhists.

“In Hagee’s latest book, Jerusalem Countdown, he calls Hitler a Catholic who murdered Jews while the Catholic Church did nothing. ‘The sell-out of Catholicism to Hitler began not with the people but with the Vatican itself,’ he writes.

“For the record, Hitler persecuted the Catholic Church and was automatically excommunicated in 1931—two years before he assumed power—when he acted as best man at Joseph Goebbel’s Protestant wedding. Hitler even bragged about his separation from the Church. As for doing nothing about the Holocaust, Sir Martin Gilbert reminds us that Goebbels denounced Pope Pius XII for his 1942 Christmas message criticizing the Nazis (the New York Times lauded the pope for doing so in an editorial for two years in a row). Much to Hagee’s chagrin, Gilbert also says that Pius XII saved three quarters of the Jews in Rome, and that more Jews were saved proportionately in Catholic countries than Protestant countries. Indeed, Israeli diplomat Pinchas Lapide credited the Catholic Church with saving 860,000 Jews. No religion can match that.

“Senator Obama has repudiated the endorsement of Louis Farrakhan, another bigot. McCain should follow suit and retract his embrace of Hagee.”

What Recession???

I know that the employment stats aren't looking great, that mortgage foreclosures are everywhere, and that food and fuel prices are very high.

I thought about all of that that earlier tonight, when I was trying to work my way out of the parking lot at the Rosedale shopping center. A friend and I met for a late afternoon movie (the lobby was full), and later had dinner at a moderately priced chain restaurant in the mall. When we first arrived at the restaurant, every table was occupied.

When I was back in my car around 7:30 pm, every single parking spot that I saw in the wraparound parking lot was full. What was going on? Is Saturday night now a popular time to shop? I'm not good about monitoring sales advertising, so maybe everything at Rosedale was marked down 40%. I dunno, but a whole lot of people were out spending money on a Saturday night.

Tell me again how an 8.5 cent gas tax increase, phased in over a few years, will lead us all down the road to perdition?

Mary Kiffmeyer to Challenge Mark Olson for Republican Endorsement in 16B

The Drama Queen reports that Mary Kiffmeyer has announced she is running for Mark Olson's seat. Mark Olson is running for reelection.

The last time Mary Kiffmeyer appeared in the mainstream press, she was defending writings about "racial purity" on the Minnesota Majority website:

Kiffmeyer said the page dealing with health care and its mention of racial purity must be understood in context. That phrase, she said, is simply descriptive.

"That's a genetic term," said Kiffmeyer, who is a nurse by training. "It does matter when you are doing medical studies."

Drew Emmer, the communications director for the organization, said Kiffmeyer is the organization's executive director and Jeff Davis, who has been active in pushing for a Minnesota anti-gay marriage amendment, is the president. [St Paul Pioneer Press]


After Minnesota Majority got some coverage on various blogs including this one, they edited their statement. This is what the statement said prior to editing, and what Mary Kiffmeyer defended:

FACT: The U.S. health care system serves the most diverse racial and ethnic population of any country in the world. This fact adversely affects every statistic by which we are compared to other countries. Black women, for a variety of reasons, are more prone to underweight babies than are Caucasian and Asian women. It is not surprising that Sweden has a lower infant mortality rate, or that Japan has a longer life expectancy than the United States does. They are nearly racially pure: we are not.

Hillarious Interview with Ron Erhardt on KTLK

Chris Baker does the interview. AntiStrib transcribes the interview. From the transcript:

CB: Just want to get something started. Well, that’s…that’s…Alright, I have another idea here…why don’t we throw this one…let’s fire this shot across the bow. State Rep. Ron Erhart with us here on 100.3 K-Talk. I have a great shot to fire across the bow…Rep. Erhart…how about this…let’s deny social services to criminal aliens, and save a little money there? Can you fire that one up?

RE: Well, ah…you bring that pieces over there and we’ll see if we can’t get a bill drawn up.

CB: Well, you’re the big guy there, why don’t you fire that one up? That would be great! People, I’m telling ya, you’d be like Elvis, people would be so proud of you.

RE: You bring that over here and I’ll put your name as co-sponsor on the bill

CB: Oh, now…how can I be a co-sponsor? I’m not even a State Rep.

RE: I’m giving you an opportunity here

CB: I can’t be a co-sponsor

RE: Oh…we’ll get you in there somehow. If you think that is a good idea, why let me know and I’ll…

CB: You’re goofing around on me now!

RE: No, no…I’m not goofing around

CB: You’re goofing around on me here…I’m giving you here…you want to fire shots across the bow, I’m giving you a really good one here that people will embrace and now you’re saying you want to bring me to the State House and make me a co-sponsor?

RE: Instead of sitting out there and talk about it, bring your idea on here and I’ll put you in as a co-sponsor.

CB: How…how can I be a co-sponsor as a talk host?

RE: Well…that’s the way we introduce bills…we say at request…by request if somebody comes ah…

CB: Oh, really?

RE: …wants something done like that.

CB: Can I speak before this great body?

RE: Oh, you can absolutely speak before, when you promote the thing we’ll put you through as many committees as you want to go to.

CB: How quick can you get me in there on this?

RE: Ahhhhh…..well, we have to have the bill drawn, and we’d have to have…ahhh…we’d have to have an “ok” from the tax chair…but I would suspect within 10 days.

CB: Let’s set a date. Can we set a date, sir?

RE: Well…ahhhhh…I can give you the parameters, let’s say within the 2 weeks period we will have Chris Baker talking on putting…what are we going to do to the illegal aliens? We’re going to take their rights away?

CB: Well…no, no sir…not rights. What my…my…did you hear what I…

RE: What rights are we going to take away?

CB: Well…we want to deny services to criminal aliens. Such as…

RE: Oh…Aliens…

CB: Education…

RE: Is that the kind that comes over and hovers with the black helicopters or is this really illegal aliens?

CB: Criminal aliens, illegal aliens, the same things yes.

RE: ok

CB: Actually, criminal aliens is the more applicable term

RE: Well…we’d certainly be interested in listening to that.

CB: Well…let’s set this up! I’m dead serious, sir. I will come down there and [inaudible] on.

RE: Well…send me an email with your proposition and well we can do and we’ll call you back.


Go to the post for the full transcript.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Agricultural Groups Suspend Grants to Professors Who Found Ethanol Use Isn't the Global Warming Panacea Claimed

Pharyngula:

Some people, even prominent, wealthy people, simply don't understand the fundamental concept of basic research. The goal isn't to get answers that make you feel good; it isn't to find ways to rationalize continuing damaging practices; it isn't even to pat you on the should and salve your delicate feelings. It is to find out the actual answer to a problem, no matter what it may be. Don't fund research if you're afraid of the truth.


I'm saddened, but not surprised by this development.

Norm Coleman's Campaign Busted for Getting Supporters to Submit Staff-written LTEs

AP:

According to a statement issued by campaign manager Cullen Sheehan, the campaign's policy is to provide supporters with talking points or outlines for such letters.

"In this case, that policy was not followed, and it is inexcusable," the statement said, adding that the mistake won't happen again.

"Our volunteers were not given a clear enough description of what our policy was, and in no way shape or form should they be held responsible for our failure to execute that policy."

According to Coleman's campaign, the letters appeared in the University of Minnesota's Minnesota Daily, the Winona Daily News and Winona State University's Winonan. The Associated Press located the letters on the Web sites of the first two but not the Winonan, and could not immediately confirm the letter was published in that publication.

The statement did little to mollify the campaign for Franken, one of several Democrats running in a primary in hopes of taking on Coleman, a first-term Minnesota Republican, this fall.

"Sen. Coleman owes Minnesotans some answers: Who wrote the letter, and who approved its distribution?" asked Franken campaign spokesman Andy Barr. "How many were submitted, including those that were not printed? And was this the first time the Coleman campaign has used this tactic, or just the first time they got caught?"

Coleman campaign spokesman Tom Erickson declined to answer those questions, but tried to turn the tables.

"Our campaign manager called the editor of the Winona Daily News to apologize," Erickson said. "We've already said we made a mistake and it won't happen again. Al Franken won't apologize or admit he made a mistake for verbally attacking a Minnesota college student who simply showed up and politely listened to him speak."

Responded Barr: "Does that mean they're not planning to reveal how many times they've done this before getting caught?"


The Daily Kos covers this also:

Moreover, it highlights the dangers of running an Astroturf campaign in this day and age. And Astroturf is what this is... a political campaign handing letters to supporters to send to newspapers as if the letters were their own. When all the letters are conveniently online now, it's just too easy to get caught.


This reminds me of when Coleman staffers were caught sanitizing his wikipedia entry.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

McCain v Cunningham

Event: Property Tax Hearing

State Rep. Augustine "Willie" Dominguez

MEDIA ADVISORY

Event: Property Tax Hearing

Date: Wednesday March 5th, 2008

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: North Minneapolis High School Auditorium

1500 James Avenue North

Minneapolis, MN 55411

Purpose: State Legislators seek input from residents about rising property taxes. Area residents are strongly encouraged to attend to help identify ways to address the issue.
North Side Residents Asked to Share Stories About Property Taxes


Legislative members of the State House of Representatives Taxes Committee are holding a hearing in North Minneapolis to discuss rising property taxes. Members of the House Property Tax Relief & Local Sales Tax Committee will be at North Minneapolis High School Auditorium on Wednesday March 5th at 6:30 p.m.

Rep. Augustine "Willie" Dominguez, DFL-Minneapolis, represents the district and says that it is important for local residents to attend the meeting. "We all know that property taxes are rising," Dominguez said. "We see the numbers and statistics in the papers everyday. But what we don't see is the personal side. We loose sight of the families and their struggles."

This is the seventh in a series of meetings held across the state to discuss the reasons behind the rapid rise in property taxes over the past six years. Similar meetings were held in Albert Lea, Rochester, Eagan, Little Falls, St. Cloud and Champlin in early February.

Residents who are not able to attend the meeting can tell their stories and voice their concerns by calling Minnesota's Property Tax Comment line at 1-800-551-5520 or 651-297-8391. They can also log onto Minnesota's Property Tax Comment page at www.house.mn/dfl/ptax/propertytaxproject.html.

Mark Olson's Favorite Books

Avidor made this video:

Bill Cunningham Goes on Hannity and Combs and Condemns McCain

Video here.

Transcript here:

COLMES: I think John McCain handled it with dignity and class. He said the right thing. How does it feel...

CUNNINGHAM: No, he didn't.

COLMES: ... for you to get repudiated by your Republican candidate?

CUNNINGHAM: I'm going to follow the lead of Ann Coulter. I've had it with John McCain. I'm going to endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, because she would do a better job in the Oval Office, I think, than the liberal John McCain. I'm done with him.

COLMES: Your reaction actually — your actions actually caused John McCain to apologize to Barack Obama for what you said. You put your candidate in that position.

CUNNINGHAM: I did not. He's not my candidate. He is not a conservative. I'm a conservative Reagan Republican, and John McCain embarrassed himself. The local Republican Party, Alan Colmes, has received dozens — dozens of calls complaining about John Juan Pablo McCain. They're getting complaint calls.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Andy Aplikowski Calls for Expulsion of the Republicans Who Voted to Override Pawlenty's Veto

Yes, Andy Aplikowski PI is at it again.

A source told me this is the first move and there is more to come if need be.The need be was yesterday. The time for punishment is now. We either rehabilitate them or vote them out of the Caucus just like Mark Olson. Chriminies, Olson was a rockstar on the Transit tax bill. And what does he get, (IR) he paid his debt and can legally serve. And he does a hell of a lot better than any one of those 6 with his arms teid behind his back. But nope, these 6 get their slap on the wrist with no real reprimands. elephant.jpg(photo via)I calculate the wrist slaps cost only about $1.1 billion dollars each.


Mark Olson was convicted of Domestic Assault, and that's fine with Aplikowski because he votes right on the tax bill.

The post has drawn comments including from Margaret Martin and Sue Jeffers.

1. Margaret Says:
February 26th, 2008 at 5:22 pm

I feel sorry for Mark Olson, but it’s a totally different situation, Andy.

If Marty thinks any of these guys can be rehabilitated enough to vote the right way for the rest of the session on at least some of the dreadful stuff down the road, he’s doing the right thing. I am guessing that some of them will just start caucusing with the Democrats, formally or informally rather than admit that they are wrong at all. Good riddence.

2. Andy Says:
February 26th, 2008 at 5:23 pm

It is never too early to say goodbye.

3. bmetzler Says:
February 26th, 2008 at 5:36 pm

It is never too early to say goodbye.

That’s the attitude Andy! Show the people of Minnesota that we don’t have to stand for who they elect.

4. Sue Says:
February 26th, 2008 at 6:10 pm

Ahh, no we don’t have to stand by a politician just because we elected them. Especially when we repeatedly demanded a different votes, this is not the first, second, third or fourth bad vote these elected officials have made. Clearly educating them on conservative principles did not work.

We can’t vote them out right now but we can sanction them in other ways like no endorsement, refusing financial support, and losing other privilages given them. These 8 RINO’s should be shown the door. Now.

Bmetzler…I don’t know who you are but you really sound like an ass…if you have a question ask it, if you just want to leave snide comments go somewhere else. If you are just confused give me a call, I am very good at educating people on conservative principles.
Sue Jeffers
PS Sorry Andy, but some people don’t realize they sound like stupid pathetic jerks. Keep up the good work!

5. bmetzler Says:
February 26th, 2008 at 7:07 pm

Ahh, no we don’t have to stand by a politician just because we elected them.

We don’t have to stand someone just because they are elected from our district, but I don’t think that we can or should go and tell others who *they* can stand by. If someone votes for a particular candidate they made that choice for a reason and should be respected. To go later and say that they made the wrong choice and should be “punished” for their choice of candidate I think is inappropriate and ill-advised.

That is the point I have been trying to make. I should be the one to decide if I made the wrong choice supporting a particular candidate, not a 3rd party representative from a completely different district.

If you are just confused give me a call, I am very good at educating people on conservative principles.

I doubt that I am confused, and I’m pretty sure that Andy’s unlikely to be able to follow through on anything he’s saying. Still, it does call into question, why should I waste time, effort, and money supporting a GOP candidate in my district when if they win they can be told that they won’t get any committee seats, any leadership posts, or whatever other punishments certain people might think up? I may as well not even bother. Every other delegate ought to consider the same thing. After all, Andy might not always be the loud person on the block.

6. Andy Says:
February 26th, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Brent you can support the candidate of your choice. Frankly I think you may want to reevaluate your affiliation due to your distatste for conservative principles.

That being said, when a candidate seeks an endorsement by a party, and asks to caucus with others of that party when elected, there are certain expectations. If there is to be no accountability, then America is lost. We have finally destroyed our Republic.

7. bmetzler Says:
February 26th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Frankly I think you may want to reevaluate your affiliation due to your distatste for conservative principles.

I distaste Democrats even more. And until this year conservatives have been perfectly happy letting me be district officer and delegate to where ever I want. Our district convention is this Saturday, and I’ll see if conservatives have a different choice this Saturday. If conservatives want my delegate slots for any position in the next two years I’ll gladly let them take it. But so far, so good for me again.

Anyways, I’m only concerned about one form of accountability. That to the people who endorsed or elected you 2 years ago. That’s something I agree with Abeler, this shouldn’t be a career, you serve the people who elected you until you don’t.

8. bmetzler Says:
February 26th, 2008 at 7:31 pm

You serve the people who elected you until they choose someone else to represent them, that is what I meant to say.


Why didn't the Taxpayer League show the same outrage towards the Republicans who voted for the Stadium boondoggle. Transportation infrastructure is a legitimate function of government. Professional Sports Stadiums are not.

Senator McCain, You Can't Have it Both Ways

I don't buy the Senator's feeble attempt to put distance between himself and loudmouth radio personality Bill Cunningham.

Either you want to court the voters who agree with Cunningham, or you do not.

Your surprise at the content and tone of the introduction rings false.

If you can't keep a campaign staff under control and 'on message', explain to me again how you'll manage the White House.

McCain disavows radio talk show host who calls Obama 'hack, Chicago-style' politician
By LIZ SIDOTI , Associated Press

February 26, 2008

CINCINNATI - Republican John McCain quickly denounced the comments of a radio talk show host who while warming up a campaign crowd referred repeatedly to Barack Hussein Obama and called the Democratic presidential candidate a "hack, Chicago-style" politician.

Hussein is Obama's middle name, but talk show host Bill Cunningham used it three times as he addressed the crowd before the likely Republican nominee's appearance.

"Now we have a hack, Chicago-style Daley politician who is picturing himself as change. When he gets done with you, all you're going to have in your pocket is change," Cunningham said as the audience laughed.

The time will come, Cunningham added, when the liberal-leaning media will "peel the bark off Barack Hussein Obama" and tell the truth about his relationship with indicted fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko and how Obama got "sweetheart deals" in Chicago.

McCain wasn't on stage or, he says, in the building when Cunningham made the comments, but he quickly distanced himself from the radio talk show host after finishing his speech. McCain spoke to a couple hundred people at Memorial Hall in downtown Cincinnati.

"I apologize for it," McCain told reporters, addressing the issue before they had a chance to ask the Arizona senator about Cunningham's comments.

"I did not know about these remarks, but I take responsibility for them. I repudiate them," he said. "My entire campaign I have treated Senator Obama and Senator (Hillary Rodham) Clinton with respect. I will continue to do that throughout this campaign."

McCain called both Democrats "honorable Americans" and said, "I want to dissociate myself with any disparaging remarks that may have been said about them."

Asked whether the use of Obama's middle name — the same as former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein — is proper, McCain said: "No, it is not. Any comment that is disparaging of either Senator Clinton or Senator Obama is totally inappropriate."

McCain said he didn't know who decided to allow Cunningham to speak but said he was sure it was in coordination with his campaign. He said he didn't hear the comments and has never met Cunningham, but "I will certainly make sure that nothing like that happens again."

Responding to McCain's apology, Obama spokesman Bill Burton said, "It is a sign that if there is a McCain-Obama general election, it can be intensely competitive but the candidates will attempt to keep it respectful and focused on issues."

Last fall, McCain faced criticism for initially not repudiating a voter in South Carolina who called Clinton a "bitch." McCain chuckled in response to the voter's question, but didn't embrace the epithet. A few minutes later, he said he respected Clinton, a New York senator and colleague.

Aside from using Obama's middle name, Cunningham also mocked the Illinois senator's foreign policy statements about his willingness to meet with the leaders of rogue nations. He said he envisions a future in which "the great prophet from Chicago takes the stand and the world leaders who want to kill us will simply be singing Kumbaya together around the table with Barack Obama."

At one point, Cunningham compared Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Madeleine Albright, whom he said "looks like death warmed over." He also commented on the difference between former Ohio Rep. Rob Portman, whose wife is named Jane, and Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, an openly gay member of Congress. "Jane's the main difference. But that's a different story," Cunningham said.

As Cunningham finished, Portman, who is mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate, took the microphone to introduce McCain.

"Willie, you're out of control again. So, what else is new? But we love him," Portman said. "But I've got to tell you, Bill Cunningham lending his voice to this campaign is extremely important. He did it in 2000, he did it in 2004. It was crucial to victory then and it's even more important this year with his bigger radio audience. So, Bill Cunningham, thank you for lending your voice."

Speaking to reporters later alongside McCain, Portman said: "I was backstage so I didn't hear everything he said. Bill Cunningham is a radio talk show host who is often controversial so it does not surprise me that he was controversial." He added: "That's, I guess, how he makes his living."



Senator, you're sending a very confusing message to the hard right members of your party.

Monday, February 25, 2008

I'd rather pay higher taxes...

... than drive around on our under-sized, undermaintained roads and bridges for another 20 years. A few cents more per gallon is preferable to constant repairs to tires and suspension systems.

Unlike sports stadiums, providing safe, well-maintained roads and bridges IS a basic function of government. The Minnesota system has been underfunded for years.

And as for the ever-shrinking, ever more irrelevant Minnesota Republican party... by all means- punish the 6 House members and 2 Senators who weren't loyal to the family. Spend all of your time, money and energy beating up on your own.

Leave the rest of us alone.

Seifert vs Pawlenty

Mary LaHammer at TPT:

The biggest news may be that the governor appears to have let Republicans off the hook. Last week we reported that Gov. Pawlenty visited the House Republican caucus. According to a leading House Republican, the governor told House Republicans if 5-10 of them had to override than they were supposed to just do it on the first attempt. Some caucus members said if they knew the governor was going to say that they wouldn't have invited him. Some of the Republicans who voted for the bill are saying they're doing this for the governor because the bridge collapse and the fact "he's boxed himself in on transportation."


It appeared that this report got Pawlenty's communications director, Brian McClung's undies in a bunch:

I just heard from Brian McClung Pawlenty's Communications Director. McClung says the governor is "not letting anyone off the hook." McClung verified that Pawlenty did say to the Republican caucus that "If you are going to override, there's no reason to do it 3, 4, 5 times" meaning don't drag it out. Some caucus members seemed to have interpreted that as letting votes off the hook, McClung says that was not the governor's goal. Pawlenty has been working phones from D.C. this morning, calling House Republicans urging them to uphold his veto. But it seems there's some confusion over how his remarks were interpreted by caucus members.


More here:

Minority Leader Marty Seifert said staffing will be a caucus decision and those decisions haven't been made yet. When Seifert was asked if he was personally satisfied with the governor's efforts he tersely responded, "sure." That speaks volumes. You can tell Seifert was not pleased with Gov. Pawlenty's comments to caucus that we reported on earlier telling members if they did vote for an override to do it on the first attempt.


Will Jason Lewis rant about the Governor on his show tomorrow?

Blogs on the Transportation Bill

MN Publius:

1:27pm - Jim Abeler, one of the swing GOP votes, just announced that he is voting to override. Last year, Abeler voted to sustain. Abeler slammed radio talk host Jason Lewis for not telling his listeners “the whole story” on the transportation bill. More Abeler: “Jason, Phil [Krinkie], do you remember that a bridge fell down?”


Jason Lewis was ranting about this today. He was also ranting about Ron Erhardt's "potty mouth." I assume he was discussing this.

Rep. Ron Erhardt, in responding to a caller asking him to uphold the Governor's veto on the transportation bill and all of the taxes it contains and to not support the Democrat override attempt responded with anger and profanity, telling the caller to "tell the people who told you to call to go 'F***' themselves."

****snip******

The call was made by Tom Winterer of Chanhassen to Erhardt's Edina home this morning. Winterer is new to grassroots politics, and just joined the Carver County Republicans at the Feb. 5 precinct caucuses. He is a delegate to the Carver County Convention March 1 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

In the call, Erhardt asked Winterer why he was calling, since he was not a constituent or Edina resident.

"I'm calling because I'm going to be taxed under your veto override," Winterer said. "He told me I didn't know what I was talking about. I told him there are vast sums of money that are not being directed properly."

Erhardt responded, "Tell the people who told you to call to go "F***' themselves and that they are full of 'S***'."


Well at least he didn't say this on the house floor. Maybe Jason Lewis was referring to this:

This is the same errogant [sic] little man that blew up a condom in a public forum with counties describing how the budget works if you push down on one area another area pops out. He also stated that we have a Congresswoman who is trying to get laid by the president--referring to Bachmann after the grip last year. He needs to be ousted. He makes the GOP look bad. Family values--sure doesn't look like the GOP cares about that if they let him continue to use abusive language and make horrible remarks in public about other office holders.


Michael Brodkorb posts a memo to party activists by Ron Carey.

I personally highlighted the threat the DFL transportation bill presents to 2,000 Republicans gathered at BPOU conventions in CD 1, 3, and 6. In my home Senate District 49 convention, I spoke in favor of postponing endorsement of Rep. Tingelstad until a later date in light of her vote in favor of the massive tax increase. The delegates in HD 49B did decide to withhold endorsement at this time.