Politicians, not public, served by an early exit

  • Article by: Rochelle Olson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 21, 2014 - 2:39 AM

Dorfman is latest to leave Hennepin County Board for better job.

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whosaysJan. 20, 1410:25 PM

I am less concerned about a politician levying office early than some of the other things they do to us. How about running a story about elected officials who make promises and then run from them? RT is a great example-Mpls passes a Stadium Spending retirement and RT says nothing about it for years. He runs from the Twins Stadium funding so the county gets it done. Then the Vikings come calling and RT needs some attention. Spends the City's money illegally, states the voters will let him know if he was out of line. Then, announces he won't run for reelection depriving the voters ability to let him know how upset they are. The StarTribune fawns all over his lack of accomplishments and he leaves office with the blessing of the local press.

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jeffportJan. 21, 14 4:40 AM

This is nothing more than what college sports goes through when football coaches leave positions mid-contract. You can either.. 1. Get over it. 2. Put into the contact a clause that will stipulate that the person can go early but at a fixed rate of cost/penalty for finding the persons replacement... 3. Use option #2 again + they are prohibited from reentering the public service life for that state or if the position in federal gov't for 15-25 years thereby making sure they do all the private sector employment they'd like. The Public service life already pays these politicians so much then add the benefits on top and public service life can be a cash cow of sorts.

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verdepatoJan. 21, 14 5:51 AM

These people have never cared about the people it is all about their power and money

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furguson11Jan. 21, 14 6:56 AM

"verdepato-These people have never cared about the people it is all about their power and money" I think some started out caring, but it becomes about power fast when people are showing up at your door asking for stuff. Dorfman will actually make more money at St Stephens, a non-profit, than she made as a board member, but she'll be standing in line asking for resources like everyone else who can't tax.

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EleanoreJan. 21, 14 7:25 AM

Maybe this sort of "leaving early" is a situation we should legislate that the remaining board/comission/whatever appoints a person to fill the post not until the end of the original persons term but until the next general election...not to exceede one year, so that special election costs could be eliminated.

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theagonybhoJan. 21, 14 7:30 AM

GOP or DFL all politicians couldnt care less about you its about thier pensions, money and power.

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insurancefanJan. 21, 14 8:09 AM

The Strib pretending to care about taxpayers is probably the funniest thing I've seen so far in 2014.

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greatxJan. 21, 14 8:13 AM

"Maybe this sort of "leaving early" is a situation we should legislate that the remaining board/comission/whatever appoints a person to fill the post not until the end of the original persons term but until the next general election...not to exceede one year, so that special election costs could be eliminated."

I have quit four "good" jobs in my short lifetime. Are you sure you want someone in a political office who heart is not in the job?

Everyone is replaceable/ or will be replaced at some point in time.

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speakinfactsJan. 21, 14 9:14 AM

Dayton spearheaded a 35% pay raise for our "leaders" using our tax dollars. This needs to stop now. No more pensions, no more health and dental, no more per diem pay, no more vehicle monies. If you want to serve the people, you are paid like the people, for your performance.

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lakneeJan. 21, 14 9:23 AM

ARRey sez: Politics has nothing to do with taxpayers. People choose politics for personal gain. Politics fulfills both egos and pocketbooks. It is not about taxpayers.

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