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Trump calls out defeated Republicans: ‘Erik Paulsen didn’t want the embrace’

Rep. Erik Paulsen hugging his wife, Kelly, during his concession speech on Tuesday night.

WCCO-TV has this: “President Donald Trump had some choice words for Erik Paulsen Wednesday morning as he reflected on the outcome of Tuesday’s midterm elections. Paulsen will no longer represent Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District after losing Tuesday’s midterm election to Dean Phillips. With all precincts reporting, Phillips defeated Paulsen with more than 55 percent of the vote. Trump said Wednesday ‘Erik Paulsen didn’t want the embrace’ of the Republicans across the country who lost Tuesday night, Trump said, ‘I’m not sure if I should be happy or sad, but I feel just fine about it.’”

Nicole Norfleet of the Strib says, “Developer United Properties has settled on a 35-story tower with mostly hotel rooms and office space for its prominent Gateway project in downtown Minneapolis. In a 261-page city document available Wednesday, United Properties announced the details of the mixed-use skyscraper it plans to build on a parking lot where the Nicollet Hotel once stood at the corner of Hennepin and Washington avenues, next to what later became the Nicollet Mall. The project has been through several design iterations and multiple delays.”

The Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh writes: “A former University of Minnesota ticketing director has been charged in federal court with enriching himself through a long-running scheme involving football and men’s hockey and basketball ticket orders. Brent A. Holck, 37, of Maple Grove, was charged Tuesday in federal court in Minneapolis with wire fraud in connection with the siphoning of money from April 2012 to January 2017. Holck’s attorney, Peter Wold, said Wednesday that his client ‘has been taking responsibility for this all along.’”

The Fargo Forum reports: “Attorney Johnathan Judd said he could never have anticipated a result in the Moorhead mayor’s race in which he defeated longtime City Council member Brenda Elmer by more than 10 percentage points. … In complete but unofficial results, Judd grabbed 51 percent of the vote to Elmer’s 40 percent. … Judd will replace current Mayor Del Rae Williams, who did not run for reelection. Judd is believed to be the first African-American elected to the office — something he said he’d never really thought about.”

David Chanen of the Strib writes: “The Hennepin County Board on Tuesday approved $2.4 million in special tax levies for four water quality improvement projects in the county’s northern and central suburbs. Levies for the projects, ranging from flood mitigation to stabilizing streams, were requested by watershed management commissions for Bassett Creek, Elm Creek, Shingle Creek and the Mississippi River.”

The Pioneer Press’ Frederick Melo writes: “Advocates of a $15 minimum wage packed city council chambers at St. Paul City Hall, inadvertently delaying a public hearing a few minutes until dozens agreed to peel themselves off walls and room corners and relocate themselves to an overflow room. The council heard passionate testimony from fans and foes of the wage proposal that was presented last month by Mayor Melvin Carter and Council Member Chris Tolbert’s office. A final vote on the proposal — which calls for gradual, annual increases to the minimum wage for large, small and micro businesses — could occur Nov. 14.”

From Business Insider: “Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s Republican governor, was ousted from office in the state’s closest gubernatorial race in more than 50 years in Tuesday’s midterm elections, and he won’t be able to ask for a recount because of a law he put in place. … The gap was 1.2 percentage points, or about 31,000 votes out of the more than 2.6 million cast in the election. After President Donald Trump won Wisconsin by just 23,000 votes in 2016, Walker signed into law a measure mandating that recounts would be allowed only when candidates are projected to be within 1 percentage point of each other.”

In The Washington Post, Dave Weigel weighs in on the Minnesota AG race: “Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) narrowly defeated Republican Doug Wardlow to become Minnesota’s next attorney general, after a bitter campaign rocked by allegations of abuse from the congressman’s ex-girlfriend. … the congressman denied [Karen] Monahan’s allegations, and agreed to cooperate with a legal probe, paid for by the Democratic Farmer Labor Party. That probe dragged on until Oct. 2, when the DFL’s hired attorney announced that Monahan, who had said she’d had a tape that would prove Ellison had abused her, could not provide enough evidence to substantiate her accusation. A conservative media outlet sued to open Ellison’s divorce records, which revealed that he had never been accused of abuse by his ex-wife, but a poll in mid-October showed Wardlow moving ahead of Ellison. The Democrat stayed on the offensive, denying the allegations as Democrats raised questions about why Monahan had hired a Wardlow ally as her attorney. He attacked Wardlow over his work for the socially conservative Alliance Defending Freedom; after the probe cleared him, and after he’d asked for an additional House Ethics Investigation, he began to rack up endorsements from Democrats who had stayed away.”

Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Edward Blaise on 11/08/2018 - 09:19 am.

    On one hand, I could not be happier to no longer have Erik P as my congressman, on the other, I never thought he was not a decent person and the Trump dump tells way more about Trump than Paulsen. I see the NRCC spent $60 per vote in the third. If they spent zero the race would have been closer.

  2. Submitted by Henk Tobias on 11/08/2018 - 10:53 am.

    Donald may want to rethink this “…I feel just fine about it.’”

    The Constitution provides oversight powers to Congress as a governmental check and balance. Republicans have not been exercising that power in regards to some of the obvious corruption in the executive branch. That is going to change.

    • Submitted by James Hamilton on 11/08/2018 - 11:12 am.

      I’d love to hear what you think the GOP-controlled House has done to reign in corruption in the Trump administration.

  3. Submitted by Dave Carlson on 11/08/2018 - 11:42 am.

    The irony to President Trump’s tweet is that Rep. Paulsen actually was a pretty reliable supporter of the Republican party’s and Trump’s agendas despite his careful self-portrayal as a centrist (and I’ll give him kudos for his support of the Boundary Waters wilderness). Another interesting twist is that NRCC spent millions for Jason Lewis deriding Angie Craig for her support for the medical devices tax exemptions, which was also championed by Paulsen. I met Paulsen a couple times and he was a nice and honorable person but if he had been more of a true moderate such as his predecessor Jim Ramstad, then I think he would have had a better chance in this diverse district. That said, I look forward to Rep.elect Phillips’ tenure.

  4. Submitted by Dave Paulson on 11/12/2018 - 05:29 pm.

    A critical analysis of Paulsen’s behavior has to consider these facts, any 2 of which were disqualifying for re-election.

    He stopped holding in-person townhalls 6-7 years ago, and they were not contentious then. He rejected invitations to ones with attendees promising they would be civil.

    It was difficult to ever see him face to face, everyone I talked to had to talk to a young staffer instead (I’ll pass it on).

    His telephone townhalls were a joke as far as interaction – each question/questioner is vetted first and gets no rejoinder if Paulsen did not answer the question (Happened to me twice – when I came back to ask him to actually answer my question – dead air – but on the radio it sounded like a fair exchange)

    He did not vote like his districts make-up and built a machine to not have to answer to the active/interested constituents (see above).

    While trump attacked the institutions of our democracy, Paulsen publically stated “I frankly don’t pay attention to that nonsense back in Washington, which is just political posturing”. No courage there.

    Getting many Dem sponsors on totally non-controversial issues is political posturing – no one was going to vote against them anyway.

    Any letter I received back to my written inquiries was vague and filled with politispeak.

    His stand on the BWCAW was good but was only reactionary to real game-playing, and as he said himself it played well with the people who were going to vote in 2 months.

    He stayed with and defended his ads that were so distorted the local sober business brahmen publically called them lies, and therefore him a liar. Its hard to go that far but he did.

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