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Video: Rep. Erhardt’s odd turkey speech

Following a lunch of turkey burgers at the Minnesota State Capitol, Rep. Ron Erhardt, DFL-Edina, gave a floor speech wearing a lab coat and stethoscope to discuss the avian flu epidemic affecting Minnesota turkeys. Following numerous point of order interruptions by other members denouncing the speech’s content, Erhardt was forced to cease when the House adjourned. The representative later apologized for attempting to make light of the crisis.

The video of the speech is courtesy of the UpTake.

Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Bill Lindeke on 05/05/2015 - 10:33 pm.

    vindictive GOP

    for the record, they hate Rep. Erhardt because he was one of the people who participated in a veto override to provide transportation funding after the 35W bridge collapse. He’s surprisingly sensible, in addition to being a bit hilarious.

    • Submitted by Joe Smithers on 05/06/2015 - 11:25 am.

      sensible and hilarious

      What he did does not seem even remotely sensible or hilarious. It looks more like he is a buffoon and as ill mannered as a goat. Way to go on electing this guy.

  2. Submitted by Matthew Brillhart on 05/06/2015 - 07:54 am.

    A senior moment?

    He’s nearly 86 years old. I don’t know…you kind of have to let him have his moment, don’t you? I highly doubt he runs again in 2016.

  3. Submitted by Doug Gray on 05/06/2015 - 10:49 am.

    real character

    They just don’t make them like Rep. Erhardt any more. He may be the last Republican I voted for, back when I was living in Morningside. He’d show up like clockwork every two years on the front doorstep of every house in his district, unshaven and looking as if he had slept in his clothes, to say, “Hi, I’m Ron Erhardt and I’d like your vote.” No team of “runners” knocking on doors to save the “candidate” a few steps, just him. It’s no surprise that he votes in the actual interests of his constituents rather than either Almighty Party or its contributors. Sure, he can be “inappropriate” (cue foghorn), but do we ever need more like him.

  4. Submitted by Debra Hoffman on 05/06/2015 - 07:58 pm.


    Joe, you have no sense of humor. Best speech this year that I’ve seen.

  5. Submitted by Debra Hoffman on 05/06/2015 - 08:13 pm.

    World Health Organization

    From the WHO website:

    “Cooking of poultry (e.g. chicken, ducks, geese, turkeys and guinea-fowl) at or above 70°Celsius throughout the product, so that absolutely no meat remains raw and red, is a safe measure to kill the H5N1 virus in areas with outbreaks in poultry, FAO/WHO said. This ensures that there is no active virus remaining if the live bird has been infected and has mistakenly entered the food chain. To date, there is no epidemiological evidence that people have become infected after eating contaminated poultry meat that has been properly cooked.”

    Evidently it has to be properly cooked to be entirely safe.

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