Another member of Johnson family runs for Anoka County attorney

  • Article by: PAUL LEVY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 23, 2010 - 11:54 PM

Since 1950, a Johnson family member has run the Anoka County attorney's office. The latest to run is Brad, son of the retiring Robert M.A. Johnson.

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bumswrapApr. 24, 10 9:14 AM

Ask yourself, "Do we really want a local version of the Kennedys?" The answer is obvious. Its time for someone not named Johnson to be running the Anoka County Attorney's Office. Palumbo is a good man and has dedicated his career to serving Anoka County. He has earned the office. The same cannot be said of Mr. Johnson.

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buckhunterApr. 24, 1011:02 AM

We talk about term limits and then continue to vote in a "family" ???? It is time for a change ----------------------- Palumbo would be that change for the better.

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dmpabloApr. 24, 1012:45 PM

This family has screwed over Anoka workers far too long.

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stonedeckApr. 24, 10 2:42 PM

I am really getting tired of politics as usual. We fought against the English so we wouldn't have a King or Prince. Seems to me what we have here is a Royalty of sorts that needs to end. Palumbo has been a hard working servant of Anoka County that needs a chance at this office.The Dynasty should end.

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disturbed13Apr. 24, 10 3:00 PM

The public should know that nearly the entire Anoka County Attorney's Office is supporting Tony Palumbo. This office is not a monarchy, time to change!!

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anokagalApr. 24, 10 3:55 PM

Palumbo is a career government lawyer who hasn't practiced law anywhere else. He has never been trusted with a management or supervisory position in that office. And he has a reputation of being a nice, but not very productive guy. Johnson has 10 years of experience at top-notch law firms before becoming a prosecutor. Palumbo hasn't handled a criminal case in over 25 years. Johnson has been the lead trial attorney on numerous major cases. If Anoka County wants another paper-shuffling, glad-handing bureaucrat, then elect Palumbo. If you want a leading prosecutor and talented attorney as your county attorney, then vote for Johnson. It is that simple.

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johnhoffApr. 24, 10 4:30 PM

Tomorrow, Brad Johnson will be at the sentencing hearing for Susan Newell, a mortgage fraudster. The first time Newell went to trial, it was a hung jury. Brad Johnson was the guy who cleaned up the mess and got a much-deserved conviction. What kind of war stories does Palumbo have to tell about putting away bad guys? Very few compared to Brad Johnson, who is in the trenches doing the job. Funny how there is this talk of the community-minded Johnson family being something negative, when Palumbo has been happy to work under a Johnson for, lo, three decades! Which brings me to my next point: Palumbo appears to be a follower, not a leader. In fact, Palumbo verges on being deadwood. John Hoff (www.johnnynorthside.com)

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rshacklefordApr. 24, 10 4:34 PM

The office there is fully behind Palumbo. And, telling Bobert not to let the door hit him on the way out. If Bobert's son does get elected, then perhaps he can answer for us all the questionable and corrupt things his father did? Have him spend his first year dealing with state auditor investigations? If you want a cleaner reboot of that office, vote for Palumbo.

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hookafishApr. 24, 10 4:55 PM

An article comes out. It casts two gentlemen in a positive light. Anoka County should be happy. But then, 4 comments repeating the same refrain, over and over again appear to support Palumbo. Change, they say. Well, change will happen with either Palumbo or Brad Johnson. But the question is not who has "earned" it by hanging around the office, but instead, who is the best person to meet the challenges of our county's future.

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oldtimer5Apr. 24, 10 5:22 PM

What water cooler have some of these people been hanging out at? The public should know: nearly the entire Anoka County attorney's office wants to stay out of this race. Tony has some supporters in the office; he hangs out with them for Pete's sake. Brad has some supporters. You can't know of what he has done in his legal career and not be impressed. Let them run on their strengths and vision and let our county decide. Stop the hype about the office support.

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