Monday, December 05, 2005

Quid pro quo?

T.W. Budig has an article on Pawlenty in the ECM newspapers today.

After reading the article, I have one question:
Why is Sen. Gerlach hell bent on ruining Gov. Pawlenty's national profile?

One local senator argued that at least nationally — and the governor does seem interested in crafting a national image — it made no sense for Pawlenty to try restore his driven snow image on raising “taxes.”

Sen. Chris Gerlach, R-Apple Valley, said Pawlenty spent political capital, crossed a line with the cigarette fee increase, and there’s no turning back. (Source: Hometown Source, Dec. 5, 2005)

Did David Strom pay off Gerlach with the promise of the Taxpayer's League endorsement when Rep. Kline retires?

If so, that would make Gerlach's second potential endorsement. Since October, I've heard rumors from many well connected activists that Gerlach is gunning for the support of the Minnesota Family Council when and if Rep. Kline retires.


At 2:36 PM, Blogger John said...

I'm not big fan of the Taxpayers League. This group of people put up a big "Republicans don't like trains" billboard right in the middle of my district when I was running for re-election. The problem was, this Republican likes the Northstar Commuter Rail along with the majority of those in my (former) district.

No matter the reason Chris is making his statement about Pawlenty, he is right.

Chris is about the most principled members of the legislature I know. Nice guy (great guy, actually), hard working, as Republican as they come. With principles, though, comes the ability and obligation to tell the truth. And the truth is, Pawlenty did cave on that cigarette thing.

A fee is something you pay when you use something - a state park, a license tab, etc. A tax is government charging money on the sale of a product. No matter where that fee is collected, the result is that the consumer is paying the state of Minnesota $.75 a pack to be able to buy a legal product (and I don't smoke, by the way). Pawlenty can twist it any way he wishes but it's still, in the end, a tax.

In the end, I think Pawlenty caved on his promise and our credibility as Republicans is only harmed when we try to bob and weave trying to defend it as a "fee".

At 9:33 PM, Blogger North Star Politics said...

Credibility as Republicans? Is there any left?

At 11:17 AM, Blogger Yo nomas said...

That's easily some of the worst speculation I've ever read. Gerlach is ripping Pawlenty because Gerlach is actually a conservative who cares about more than just logrolling through more Republicans.

The Kline stuff is so ludicrous that it doesn't even deserve the time of day...The guy is 58 years old, do you really think people are worried about his retirement already????


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