Letter to the Editor: Vote Against Roz Peterson and 'Extreme' Politics

Letter writer: Vote "no" on Roz Peterson’s brand of extreme politics.

To the editor,

I think we can all agree that with this election the stakes are high. Our schools are strapped for money. Our economy has not fully recovered. And we have a government whose extreme partisan politics have left it broken.

I’m looking for someone to represent my family and community in the legislature who will work in a civil, bi-partisan way to meet the challenges that face our state. We need someone committed to end the legislative gridlock and extreme partisanship we’ve seen over the past two years that led to the longest government shutdown in Minnesota history, holding our economy back from further progress.  

Looking into our state house candidates, I came across a YouTube clip from Roz Peterson’s speech at the local Republican Party Convention. About 2.5 minutes into the first clip I was floored by what I heard: Roz Peterson insinuating Governor Dayton is mentally unstable.

As I said, we have some tough issues facing our state. But before she’s even elected, Peterson has already engaged in the petty, polarizing political mudslinging that shut our state down, wasting taxpayer dollars and setting our great state back.

On her website Peterson states, “Minnesotans deserve public servants who are able to move beyond the political gridlock that has negatively impacted our state.”

She’s right. That’s why I’m voting NO on Roz Peterson’s brand of extreme politics.  

Jen Waller McDevitt, Lakeville

Adam Fausch September 26, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I like Roz, When I contacted people in the area for some information for a report I was working on for a Master's class. Roz is the only one who responded and helped me.
Charlie Gerk September 26, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I am in the same boat as Adam. Roz called me out of the blue in the winter when I had mentioned at a council meeting I needed more warehouse space. While I did not agree with all of her choices on the school board, I felt like she always gave all of the options equal thought.
smitty September 27, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Well, I went to YouTube and looked at the video and she indeed said it. What an asinine comment to make about our Governor. I agree with the letter writer that we have plenty of negative people in elected office, and we don't need another one.
Smokin' Joe September 27, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Ignore the facts if you like but anyone watching Dayton's antics over the years is likely to come to the same conclusion. He's on medication by his own admittance. What more do you need?
smitty September 27, 2012 at 08:29 PM
There is a great number of people on medication -- that doesn't make them unstable. In fact, if anything, they are probably more stable than those who profess not to have any problems. I think her statement on Gov. Dayton was in poor taste and shows a streak of mean that we really don't need. The whole country needs to dial down the vitriol and we can start by sending respectful people to represent us in the legislature.
Lenny from Lakeville September 28, 2012 at 12:09 AM
It is rather amusing to watch as Jen (letter writer) and Smitty try and make the case that Roz is not fit to lead because of a statement she made. If you would like I am more then happy to publish comments made by her competitor in the race when he was in the House of Representatives but what good would that do anyone? When all you have is personal attacks on a person it shows your petty politics in action. What do you stand for and what has the candidate done that you do not like? Instead of whining about a statement made in a meeting let's discuss the issues. I would assume what Jen meant to say is we need to raise taxes, spend more money, allow the teachers union to continue to keep under-performing teachers in place because they have been there for a long time, and to make sure home based day cares become unionized. These are the Governors priorities! When we get Bi-partisanship we get billion dollar stadiums!
smitty September 28, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Lenny, I agree wholeheartedly when you say "When all you have is personal attacks on a person it shows your petty politics in action." That's what Roz Peterson does on the video -- pointing that out does not constitute a personal attack on her, instead its just reporting on her actions. I don't know who her opponent is. It is not my district. But we would all benefit from increased civility in our state and federal government and I urge any voters in her district to make her comments one of many factors they weigh in considering her candidacy. Mark Dayton appears to be one of those rare individuals who is more civil servant than politician, which is borne out by his approval ratings. Wish we had a legislature full of people with the same ethics, which is a quality apart from their positions on individual issues.


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