Editorial: Erik Paulsen gets narrow nod

  • Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 26, 2012 - 10:09 PM

He's done solid work; he's collegial, but he should be more well-rounded.

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offmylawnOct. 26, 1211:21 PM

As a democrat who used to vote for Ramstad, I can only say that Paulsen has been an enormous disappointment. We need representatives who are less partisan, less extreme. There is so little difference between Rep. Paulsen and Rep. Bachmann.

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RossbergOct. 26, 1211:37 PM

If anyone is looking for a textbook example of what it means to be "damned with faint praise" they would have to look no further than this grudging "endorsement" of Rep. Paulsen which seems to have been granted mainly because of his opponent's complete lack of qualifications and experience. But one can only imagine how quickly this "endorsement" would have been yanked away if Paulsen had the temerity to appear on Fox. About the only act for which Paulsen can be legitimately faulted is for participating in an interview with the StarTribune's Editorial Board, a gauntlet which seems intended to intimidate Republican candidates into submission by implying that any appearance on an unapproved TV network would jeopardize their chances of endorsement almost as certainly as being a non-DFLer.

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ginny6Oct. 27, 12 1:00 AM

Why did Paulsen vote against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act? Why is he opposed to equal pay for women?

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reefungorioOct. 27, 12 1:47 AM

I don't understand the importance of a southwest rail line. Are they talking about workers going between their homes in Minneapolis to their jobs in Eden Prairie? Or Prior Lakers driving to the station for their ride downtown? Considering the huge amount of work 494's entire length in recent years, this doesn't strike me as an area that needs focus right now. I kind of like to ride the bus when it's convenient, but I'd never take a train anywhere unless it was a very short walk away. You can move bus routes a lot easier than train tracks.

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chickfilaOct. 27, 12 6:18 AM

For the Star Tribune to endorse a Republican, the democrat party opponent must be really bad news.

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traderbillOct. 27, 12 8:33 AM

As a newcomer to Minnesota, I appreciate the Trib's analysis but wish there was more on the opponent. At least from your conclusions this race won't be one where the people will be the losers as will be the case if the ill-informed Bachman gets re-elected. How could that happen? Voting an ideology rather than facts.

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badgerfan2Oct. 27, 12 4:03 PM

What a pointless endorsement. They basically admitted that Barnes was a better candidate but then say go ahead and vote for Paulsen. Why? He is no less partisan than Kline or Bachmann.

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jdlellis1Oct. 27, 12 6:33 PM

Tribune editors describe Representative Paulson as collegial. Indicating of course that most if not all other Republicans are combative. Conversely, these same editors would not refer to any Democrat as passive-agressive mean-spirited. Have we forgotten that while a satarist (his term), Al Frankeen made tasteless jokes about women being r a p _ _ ! Then when seeking the DFL endorsement some twenty years later, he offers an apology! It is perplexing that the party of inclusion fighting for the respect of women can overlook those comments. Then of course their was DFL Gubernatorial candidate Miek Hatch, well known for being ineligible for any Mr. Congeniality award but then was endorsed by the Tribune editorial board. Finally, Representative Ellison was recently embroiled in a confrontation with his opponent. I don't recall any comments from the editorial board referencing his less than professional remarks.

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jdlellis1Oct. 27, 12 6:40 PM

ginny6, regarding pay variances between men and women, might I suggest reading the book "Women Don't Ask." Written by two women (Babcock and Laschever), the book takes a deeper look into the why the variances in salary which contradict the traditional "discrimination" mantra. Now, before the masses choose "thumbs down" have enough confidence to be open-minded with alternative information.

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buttlesOct. 27, 12 9:46 PM

jdlellis1: "Women Don't Ask" does not address the situation that led to the Lily Ledbetter Equal Pay Act and it certainly does not explain why Paulsen opposes equal pay for women.

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