While 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.