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Run back to the East Coast where your political flip flopping can be truly appreciated. Give Minnesota a break. Coleman's quote as head of Paul Wellstone's 1996 reelection campaign "Paul Wellstone is a Democrat, I am a Democrat" One month after the 1996 election Norm was a Republican. Minnesota needs to do better than flim flam artists and comics.
Okay, who's talking bets that (1) Normie will sue his opponent later in the race if he is behind AND (2) contest the results when he loses by 45%. Ah, good times.
He became mayor of St. Paul as a democrat, became a republican when the political tides turned nationally, lost a gubernatorial run to a pro wrestler, beat a last-minute senate candidate after the incumbent died, and lost to a comedian. What part of this resume signifies that he's a vote-getter???
I look forward to voting against Norm again!
I listened to former Senator Coleman's new conference today about how being a Minnesota Senator meant serving the people of Minnesota directly. He also said that this mission to serve Minnesotans was higher than the politics in Washington, DC.
I myself was promised by Norm Coleman a year ago last November that he would have a staff member help my niece get Minnesota medical benefits for herself and her son. Norm Coleman gave a speech at Medtronic, Inc. in Mounds View, and promised in front of what must have been at least 200 people that he would help my family.
When I went up to shake his hand after his speech, he looked surprised and quickly called over a member of his staff who said that Senator Coleman and himself would do all they could to help my niece get the medical benefits she deserved according to Minnesota law.
The Coleman staff member asked me to wait until after Christmas 2007 to get action. So, I waited, and waited, and waited... No phone calls, no response at all.
Finally, I called Norm Coleman's office in Washington, DC, and asked to speak to the staff member who was assigned to help me. This staff member never got on the phon. However, I was told by a member of Coleman's staff that Senator Coleman did not involve himself in helping medical insurance issues within programs supported by Minnesota.
I was shocked. This staff member said that Senator Coleman's focus was on the National Level and he could not become involve in Minnesota issues of my kind.
This statement directly contradicts what Norm Coleman said today at his news conference when he referred to a Senator's role as helping Minnesotans personally.
As a result, and because Norm Coleman never directly sent any apology to me or my family and forgot about us, I question his willingness to serve responsibly and ethically in any future public office.
You may be wondering how my niece and great-nephew got Minnesota health insurance. The Social Services Department that has slowly been decimated by Pawlenty cuts, did very little. Finally, in the Winter of 2008, a friend who oversaw state audits, called a state official who promptly got my niece and great-nephew the insurance they needed.
I realize, of course, that Senator Coleman had other things like the Iraq War to worry about. But, I caused my family great pain by promising to help in front of a well-educated audience and with the full support of the Medtonic CEO, who was also present.
So, with no apology and no action on the part of Norm Coleman, I must question his ethics. I respectfully ask that whatever he does in the future either in the public or private sector, ETHICS and KEEP ONE'S WORD, will increasingly be important to the people of Minnesota and to the citizens of our nation.
The American public needs ACCOUNTABILITY from public officials, corporate CEOs, corporate boards, and the whole banking system. So, the banks after causing our recession keep raking in the dough and we, the poor people at the bottom, are left to sramble for our survival.
In conclusion, we need people like former Senator Coleman, to practice what they preach. Given his track record with my family, I fear for this lack of ethics and inability to keep his word.
Who ever runs for governor the next cycle will win by a landslide if he/she promises to fix this blasted pothole problem in this state! Our local newspapers keep getting smaller, and the want-ads have gone the way of the dodo-bird, and they've dropped many entertainng features, including my favorite the Word Jumble. So now we're stuck with syndicated columns and AP wire stories, and isn't it funny that the Star hasn't taken off the gloves on its former major adveriser Denny Hecker? Well I wouldn't buy a car from him before this scandal broke, and I'm not going to now!
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Separate and apart from the ongoing legal dispute over Novemberâ€™s election, the Minnesota Republican faces several unresolved investigations: a reported FBI probe into his dealings with Nasser Kazeminy, a friend and benefactor; a potential Senate Ethics Committee inquiry into his Capitol Hill living arrangements; a federal elections investigation into his use of campaign donations for legal expenses; and a possible state probe into his campaignâ€™s handling of donorsâ€™ financial information on its website.
â€œColeman would almost be better off if he lost,â€ said David Schultz, a professor at Hamline University in St. Paul. â€œShould he win, he faces a host of legal and other issues in the Senate. He would enter the Senate with the Kazeminy case shadowing him, and that would almost certainly produce an ethics investigation.â€
Did the bratwurst pull a hamstring?
Republicans: you have a possible choice shaping up between Jim Ramstad, a guy who might just get "across the aisle" votes and Norm Coleman, a guy even most Republicans are sick of. If you want to guarantee a loss in the next election, choose Norm. Honestly, I think Norm is insane to think even die-hard Republicans are going to believe he's still a viable candidate for anything.
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