From Eric Z:
It looks interesting that the projects Tinklenberg Group took those thousands of monthly taxpayer dollars for - East Bethel, Albertville, Hassan Township, Ramsey, Elk River - ALL for highway projects - he has little to say about bringing home that range of pork.
Or does he? I will have to look at the campaign website to see.
I had a look. It is an improved site.
He starts "ISSUES" with the following, which to me is ironic, "Working American families are experiencing levels of financial anxiety not seen since the Great Depression. Wages no longer keep pace with the rising cost of living, unless you happen to be a CEO. The income gap between the wealthy and the middle class is staggering."
EXCEPT, THE MAN IS A CEO. I GUESS THAT MEANS HE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HOW THEIR EARNINGS SPIRAL UPWARD WHILE THE WORKERS WATCH. I EXPECT HE FEELS NONE OF THE HURT, PERSONALLY, AND JUST LIKE BACHMANN WITH THE CHRISTIAN COUNSELING CLINIC FAMILY BUSINESS AND A SHARE OF THE WISCONSIN DAIRY FARM, IT'S A HYPOTHETICAL TO HIM THE SAME AS FOR BACHMANN.
My biggest question, last election cycle it came out, Bachmann's clinic workers had no health coverage.
So, do the Tinklenbergers have coverage? Yes, or no, the press should be asking.
Tinklenberg is a CEO of a lobbying group, isn't he?
SOMEHOW, FACTS LIKE THAT GOT DROPPED FROM HIS "ISSUES" PERSONA ON HIS CAMPAIGN SITE.
Then, on TRANSPORTATION, he adds, "Without a strong, experienced leader in Congress, we will continue to miss out on federal funds that are already available for transit projects and infrastructure improvements."
Strong, experienced leader, he says. Well, he is experienced. Like Jimi Hendrix, I guess.
And, then, however, he says "we will continue to miss out on federal funds ..."I thought the whole entire reason and purpuse behind municipalities giving the guy taxpaper money was to NOT miss out on federal funds.
And he says "continue to miss out ..."That seems to say Elk River, Albertville, Hassan Township, Ramsey and East Bethel have NOT been getting much bang for the buck - indeed, CONTINUING to miss out on federal funding.
I suppose the bottom line with Tinklenberg is those municipalities should have spent all that taxpayer money on a registered federal lobbyist, and then they would not have missed out at all.
What in this am I missing? What is not ringing right?
Integrity? Coherence? Rhetoric is okay, I guess. My understanding is he likes sliced bread, motherhood, our flag, and bottled beer too. And with a strong experienced leader in DC, we might end up with a chicken in every pot.
Finally, he says, "If elected, I will be the only member of the Transportation Committee who has personally managed a state's department of transportation."
My understanding is committee assignments are competitive, and not decided until the new Congress convenes. How do you suppose he "knows" he will get on the Transportation Committee, "if elected?" Perhaps, he's already been lobbying current members, for the assignment, and gotten assurances - if "lobbying" is the proper word to use in that context.