Mpls. Mayor Hodges' husband a leader in racial, transit issues

  • Article by: Maya Rao , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 19, 2014 - 6:53 AM

While Betsy Hodges takes the reins at City Hall, Gary Cun­ning­ham is busy try­ing to right ra­cial dis­pari­ties in the com­muni­ty.

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supervon2Jan. 18, 14 8:25 PM

There is nothing like honest well-connected politicians to make you pocketbook cringe in fear.

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JMJohnnyJan. 18, 14 9:14 PM

Well reported. Cannot help but wonder where Ms. Hodges will come out on the SWLRT freight reroute-versus-co-located Kenilworth tunnel issue now that she represents the entire town. Mr. Cunningham, however, should be pulling his hair out over what has gone down with this initiative, as what might look like a suburban mobility alternative heading into Minneapolis is also a Jobs Train heading out to Eden Prairie. Get on a bus at Lyndale and Lowry, transfer once at Target Field or Van White and be to work in Eden Prairie in 45 minutes or less door to door. Try that today on transit. Should have been done five years ago, no? A co-located LRT line at-grade through the corridor that removes the environmental risk of the tunnels and shows fiscal responsibility to key state and suburban fund allocators would seem to be the only way to get this going at minimum cost and risk. I hope Mr. C is with us on this and that he brings The Mayor on-board.

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mnpls123Jan. 19, 14 7:54 AM

Why wasn't any of this reported on BEFORE she was elected, or did I miss the articles?

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editor25Jan. 19, 14 8:08 AM

Gary Cunningham, Mayor Hodges' husband, who holds a position in a large philanthropy that gives out tens of millions of dollars a year, is now called the mayor's campaign "secret weapon." Cunningham apparently spent a lot of time calling people asking them to vote for his wife. It doesn't seem right for a guy who gives out that kinda tax-exempt cake to the local community to engage in political engineering, regardless of whether it's for his wife

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fullmoon1102Jan. 19, 14 8:27 AM

Good Point mnpls123. I don’t remember reading about Betsy Hodge’s husband Gary Cunningham BEFORE the election. I believe it may have swayed many votes if they knew her spouse who was indoctrinated in the Black Panther ideology was whispering in her ear. The Black Panthers believe in Socialism -- does “Closing the Gap” sound familiar? What about personal responsibility? Why should my taxes increase to provide more for the person who is not trying to improve themselves first? Or better yet – Why should a qualified person lose out on a job to a less qualified person simply because of the color of their skin. They also focus on police brutality in black neighborhoods. Look for more frivolous lawsuits and the city continuing to pay out. I challenge Mayor Hodges now to stand behind her entire city and its entire police force. Not just the people of color.

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justincase12Jan. 19, 14 8:46 AM

Married people living apart in order to stay in office should sound an alarm as to what is the reason people keep running for office.

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deniluJan. 19, 14 9:25 AM

Conflicts of interest anyone? DFL power mongers, all!!

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engag47Jan. 19, 14 9:50 AM

They really lived apart for 2 1/2 years and when you're elected Mayor you represent the whole City not a ward/district/community/etc.. you represent the whole City: residents/business owners/visitors.

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select1wJan. 19, 14 9:57 AM

Why wasn't all this reported before the elections? Quite simple...the fix for libs is always in at the Strib. Just watch what they do for Al Franken before the November elections.

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greatxJan. 19, 1410:08 AM

"Why should my taxes increase to provide more for the person who is not trying to improve themselves first? Or better yet – Why should a qualified person lose out on a job to a less qualified person simply because of the color of their skin."

Good questions!

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