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Gubernatorial Candidate Pushes Legislation That Already Passed Three Years Ago Without His Support

August 2, 2010 by  

Gubernatorial Candidate Pushes Legislation That Already Passed Three Years Ago Without His SupportWhile on the campaign trail late last week, Minnesota State Republican Representative Tom Emmer lent his support to a piece of legislation that would set aside higher education scholarships for the families of fallen soldiers.

Emmer, who is currently running for governor of Minnesota, told a small group of veterans that it is time to create a state GI bill, according to The Star Tribune.

"I don’t know if you remember, a few years ago the governor had proposed [a Minnesota GI bill]," Emmer told the crowd. "And I think that’s something we should certainly be looking at and it’s unfortunate we haven’t done something like that already."

However, what may be more unfortunate for Emmer is that the state government created a GI bill three years ago. The measure was passed as part of a higher education appropriations bill, a piece of legislation that Emmer voted against, the news source reports.

The gubernatorial candidate’s spokesman Bill Walsh took responsibility for the mix-up, attributing it to "bad staff work."

Walsh also noted that Emmer only opposed the measure because it did not allocate enough money to the GI bill, while overfunding other programs.

Emmer will be running against three Democrats in the gubernatorial election set to take place this November.

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  • s c

    Isn’t it bad enough that Minnesota furnished us with Franken? What’s Emmer’s problem? Is he a closet progressive who had a brain fart? I can only hope he doesn’t claim to be a conservative. If he’s not already tilting toward the left, it’s quite a good imitation. What’s going on in Minnesota?

  • James Roth

    S C, if you think Emmer is “tilting towardd the left” you have a bigger problem than he does.

    • s c

      JR, are you an Emmer fan? Several things could account for Emmer’s progressive-like behavior. It’s hard to believe that someone who isn’t leaning toward port could be 3 years behind the learning curve. Why such a time lag in the behavior and an explanation? By the way, I never said ‘towardd.’

  • Robin, Arcadia, IN

    Reporting that Emmer was against the bill is one thing. Why he was against it is another. I know nothing about this man or his principles, but if his mix up was a staff problem, I think he needs to address that issue and make sure it never happens again. It is fodder for the MSM who slants left always!

    • Kinetic1

      The explanation was in the article.
      “Walsh also noted that Emmer only opposed the measure because it did not allocate enough money to the GI bill, while overfunding other programs.”

      Whether or not you think this clears him is up to you. The fact that he failed to remember the outcome of a bill during his time as a representative sounds bad, but I suppose it depends on the volume of bills they deal with in Minnesota. I does seem like he should remember opposing a bill to fund our GIs, even if he did have a good reason.

      Now. let’s talk about sc’s snide little comments. sc, do you really want to get into a pissing match about forgetfulness? Cheney suggests Iraq is linked to 9/11, Bush says his administration never suggested there was a link. Did he forget, or was this just a lie? I won’t bother making a laundry list, but it happens on both sides. To suggest that this is “progressive-like behavior” is disingenuous at best.

  • Rocky

    To SC, you obviously haven’t done any homework or due diligence on Tom Emmer, or you would know that he’s endorsed by the Tea Party, and is a strong conservative. I’m from Minn, and it pains me to have the ilk of Frankenstein on the taxpayers dole, which I believe was his only ambition, as a failure in most of his other endeavors. Even if he’s replaced, he will have a retirement check at taxpayers expense.

    On this Emmer article, it’s upsetting that Livingston has made the story line as a NEGATIVE for Emmer, when the reason behind Emmer’s vote was not to OPPOSE SUPPORT, BUT THAT THE AMOUNT WAS TOO LITTLE, and DISPROPORTIONATELY too small! This kind of word game is the type the left would use to attack someone, and I guess Livingston’s libertarianism gets in the way of appreciating the GREAT conservative platform of Tom Emmers. Please check him out at

    He will be a good firewall against the rest of the libtards in our legislature!!!

    Oh, just ck out all the cute misleading googleads the libs are running, using his name to mislead viewers to their spew. They are the masterminds of deception, no doubt about it. Cheers… Rocky

  • Claire

    Another example of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing and vice versa. Pun intended.


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