What a big difference years make for Rybak

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 20, 2009 - 12:03 AM

Mayor says state law and legislators stymied his campaign finance reform, but he has changed his own standards as well.

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membermOct. 19, 0911:22 PM

Star Tribune: this is the kind of journalism that would increase your readership. Mr. Ryback: the fact that such hypocrisy is ubiquitous in politics doesn't exonerate you: O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He...who swears to his own hurt and does not change. Psalm 15

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skylab2Oct. 20, 09 6:55 AM

This article makes me wonder, for the first time, if term limits aren't a good idea.

Maybe then good people could get out of politics with their integrity intact instead of being eventually forced, by the system, to do things that go against the very ideals and beliefs they stood for that got them elected in the first place.

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voidoidOct. 20, 09 6:57 AM

The Church is the first thing I think of when the subject of improper political fundraising comes up.

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karendavid816Oct. 20, 09 7:25 AM

Mr. Ethics, facing no serious competition in his reelection, now feels compelled to raised hundred of thousands of dollars via methods he originally campaigned against. How very odd. Since he doesn't need the money in the Mayor's race, let's hope he saves it in case he ever needs it for higher office, say Governor or something. It would have been nice if the Strib had listed his top 20 donors so we could see who makes the puppet jump. If we are going to have one party rule, the press has an even stronger obligation to keep an eye on things.

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mckensm0Oct. 20, 09 7:47 AM

Just because the law one wanted did not pass, does not mean he simply cannot comply with his own desires. Hypocrisy at its finest...

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lawman14Oct. 20, 09 8:57 AM

The name "Governor Ryback" has a wonderful ring to it. R.T. is a true statesman. Minnesota has had many magnificent statesman in the state house -- people like Governors Elmer L. Andersen, Rudy Perpich, and Arne Carlson. Unfortunately our great state has been forced to "wander in the desert" for the past dozen years with the blights of Jesse Ventura and Tim Pawlenty only warming the Governor's chair. . .but doing little else. Without doubt, R.T. has the street smarts, vision and political savvy to wash away the embarrassments of the past 12 years of shabby low-end, so-called, leadership at the Capitol. We need someone of high integrity to cleanse the Governor's office and remove the detritus of the last dozen years and work to bring Minnesota back to the beautiful place we once occupied in our nation. Now, more than ever, we need an R.T. Ryback lead Minnesota once again into the kind of state that other states envy, rather than joke about as they now do.

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drainitchOct. 20, 09 9:58 AM

He, like Pawlenty, like Coleman, like Clinton chooses politics as a "career choice", not as a person who does public service, not as a person who says "hey, I've a better way of doing things, let me try", nothing of the sort. He chose this career, the same way I did mine etc. What's he done for the sake of Minneapolis where it's not been for the sake of himself? Pawlenty backers can scream 4 more years for this guy because he'll jump all over the no new taxes pledge as soon as he realizes that it will help him gain the "job promotion" that he covets.

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matheusOct. 20, 0910:58 AM

Do you live in Minneapolis? RT is one heck of a mayor. The only reason I wouldn't want him to be our Governor is that we'd lose him in Minneapolis. This may be his "career choice" but that does not mean that he isn't good at his job or that he doesn't care about the people he serves. I don't know if he can fix the problems the state faces but I DO think he, more than anyone else coming forward, has a chance.

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bostonbanditOct. 20, 0911:00 AM

I'll laugh in the face of the first person who says they are surprised by this. It happens all the time. Candidate runs for office promising all sorts of reform. Candidate gets elected to office. Candidate gets a taste of power and can't let it go. Republican and Democrats both do it, so it's not party-specific. You want something we can believe in? Stop believing their campaign bull, and you won't be surprised or disappointed. YES WE CAN!

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ranger78Oct. 20, 0911:38 AM

Say one thing and do another. Watch how a policitian governs/acts and don't listen to what they promise. Closed circuit to matheus, what are you smoking? One heck of a mayor? He spent $500,000 on artsy drinking fountains. The city continues to have the same major issues it has had for decades. We don't need him to do for the state what he's done for Mpls.

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