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Taxpayers League happy to take credit for knocking out four of the ‘Override Six’

Paying the price? The Taxpayers League of Minnesota is taking bows for knocking out four of the six Republican legislators who voted to override Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s veto of a transportation bill that included a gasoline-tax increase.

Ending the legislative career of Rep. Neil Peterson on primary night was the latest “success,” according to Phil Krinkie, president of the League.

Peterson first lost the Republican Party’s endorsement and then, on Tuesday, was defeated by party endorsee Jan Schneider. In the wake of his defeat, Peterson didn’t mention the Taxpayers League. He said it was the Republican Party that targeted him.

He noted that Schneider expended few resources during her campaign. Instead, it was the state party that was doing all the heavy lifting, sending out a number of fliers supporting Schneider.

“No good deed goes unpunished,” said Peterson of his vote to override.

The scoreboard to date: Two of the Republican “Override Six,” Kathy Tingelstad of Andover and Bud Heidegerken of Freeport, retired following the session. Edina’s Ron Erhardt is running as an independent. Rod Hamilton of Mountain Lake received party endorsement. Anoka’s Jim Abeler defeated Don Huizenga Tuesday night in a primary race in which neither was endorsed. And then, of course, there was Peterson.

“I’ve been doing this a long time,” Peterson said. “You keep doing this until they blow you out.”

The Taxpayers League was doing some trash talking in the wake of the primary.

“It is interesting that many legislators were so proud of the $6.6 billion in tax increases that the legislature passed during this legislative session,” Phil Krinkie, the League’s president said in a statement. “Now, come election time, a whole lot of tax-and-spend legislators are worried about their records and we will be reminding voters every day until Nov. 4 how their legislator votes.”

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Robert Moffitt on 09/11/2008 - 11:32 am.

    The true measure of the “success” of punishing the O6 will come in November. I suggest a followup on this story after the general election.

    If the GOP loses any of these six seats to the DFL, it would be a costly “victory” indeed.

  2. Submitted by Dave Wright on 09/11/2008 - 04:55 pm.

    Terrific. Phil Krinkie, a guy who knows a thing or two about losing elections, is taking credit for somebody else’s setback. I am sure he is very proud.

    But, as Robert Moffitt notes, it could really cost Krinkie’s beloved party down the line. As a Dem, I say to Phil: Keep up the good work!

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