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Erik Paulsen’s partisan votes don’t match his ‘nice guy’ image

True confession: I voted for Erik Paulsen — twice! He seemed like a nice guy, was a fellow St. Olaf graduate, and a friend vouched for him. That was enough to get this Democrat to back the “moderate” Republican. I felt comfortable with him as my representative. Are you comfortable with him? If so I encourage you to dig deeper: The truth about Erik Paulsen may surprise you.

An examination of Paulsen’s voting record reveals the truth about Erik, who works hard to maintain his “nice guy” image, even as his votes betray our trust. Paulsen has voted in favor of every single policy put forth by President Trump — even those that are devastating: the wildly unpopular AHCA, loss of our internet privacy, and stripping environmental protections. These votes are far from moderate or “nice” — some are literally deadly.

His partisan votes ignore the wishes of his constituents. Most do not want the AHCA to pass, do not support weakening pollution controls and do want Trump to honor his promise to release his taxes. Paulsen has repeatedly voted to keep Trump’s taxes hidden. Why does he deny our request for transparency? We deserve a representative who seeks the truth, not one who hides it.

While I believe Paulsen is indeed a nice guy who entered politics intending to serve, a review of his voting record uncovers a troubling disconnect between Erik the person and Erik the politician. There is nothing “Minnesota Nice” about his pattern of extreme-right voting. Paulsen ignores his constituents and prioritizes the Republican agenda over those he was elected to serve.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Robert Langford on 06/22/2017 - 02:26 pm.


    He has been one of the loudest apologists for the medical device manufacturers. I know at one time he was invested in those manufacturers, and I wonder if any one has checked the ethics of his positions in device stock’s and his votes.

  2. Submitted by John Wexler on 06/23/2017 - 10:42 am.

    Getting rid of the medical device tax was one of the stab wounds the Republicans used to try to kill the Affordable Health Care Act. Paulsen the Republican does not deserve our supp[ort. He only cares for the affluent and the influential.

  3. Submitted by Bob Shepard on 06/23/2017 - 11:54 am.

    very unlike his predecessor

    Erik’s seat used to be Jim Ramstad’s. Jim was much more moderate in his votes, and could have held the seat pretty much as long as he wanted as a result of his being moderate. As extreme as his votes are, Erik’s seat is probably safe until enough moderates say “enough”. He’s certainly headed that way. He and Jason Lewis in CD2 are both town hall averse, choosing to instead window dress their activity on facebook and twitter without exposing themselves (or really being accountable) to their constituencies. It’s been very disappointing. We’ll see how long they have their jobs…

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