Friday, February 04, 2011

A LTE on the Newman Pay to Play Scheme in the Annandale Advocate

From the Advocate

A breach of ethical conduct

From: John Deitering, Annandale


Scott Newman, our recently elected state senator, was in the news last week. In an astonishing breach of ethical conduct, his office sent an e-mail to the Minnesota Nurses Association that he would not meet with them because they supported his opponent (Hal Kimball) in last fall's election. Can you imagine if the mayor of Annandale instructed the snow plow crews to ignore your neighborhood because the residents had voted for the opposition?

Newman admits that his office sent the e-mail, but says he has no such policy. Really? What are the chances that one of his aides sent this e-mail without his consent? Senator Newman's actions are a direct attack on democratic principles; it's time for him to get out of government.

Editor's note: Newman apologized for the e-mail, which was sent by an aide. Newman noted that he was unaware that the e-mail had been sent. In a statement Newman said his policy is to meet with all groups.

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His biggest sin? He got caught saying what the rest of the GOP do.

Do you suppose the nurses had much access to Emmer when he was in the House? Or the teachers?

While the strongest in-state single payer legislative advocate, John Marty would at least listen to Helmsley of UnitedHealth, to hear him out and consider his view, even if not persuaded.

It's the difference between a DFL gentleman and a GOP zealot - the zealot is entirely close-minded.

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