State DFL party responds to Pawlenty attack on Democratic plans for health care reform

State DFL officials didn’t take kindly to Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s remarks in Chicago and Puerto Rico when he criticized Democratic plans for health care reform.

The DFL party issued this statement Saturday:

“Another day, another trip for Governor Pawlenty — while Minnesotans are left behind in his wake. After a snide and sarcastic speech at the GOPAC health-care forum last night — where he added his name to the list of partisan, boorish, Rush Limbaugh Republicans who want to see President Obama fail — the Governor heads to Puerto Rico today in the latest step to boost his national notoriety and court favor with right-wing insiders.

“But while he enjoys his time in the sun, Minnesotans are facing rising health-care costs, worrying about keeping their jobs, and facing a historic budget deficit. Governor Pawlenty has turned his back on Minnesota’s people and values yet again and sold us out for a cheap laugh at another partisan fundraiser. What’s even worse is the hateful, divisive rhetoric that he is choosing instead of working toward solutions to Minnesota’s and America’s problems.

“Americans overwhelmingly rejected the Republicans’ hateful, divisive, cheap tactics in the last election. But sadly, Governor Pawlenty is shamelessly catering to the conservative elitists, who would rather tear down than help build. Instead of traveling to other states to take cheap shots at the President’s agenda, Governor Pawlenty should come back to St. Paul and fix the mess caused by his own failures here in Minnesota.”

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 08/17/2009 - 09:08 am.

    Meanwhile, while Governor Tim Pawlenty was ignoring important business at home to travel to Puerto Rico, Representative Betty McCollum issued a statement from her St. Paul offices strongly condem…wait, what?

    Oh, I see.

    Well, we’re sure the Representative *will* issue a statement condemning the Governor’s foreign travel as soon as she returns from Japan.

  2. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 08/17/2009 - 12:11 pm.

    Let me see… the House of Representatives is in Recess. Reps are spending time in their home districts re-connect with their constituents AND their families, etc. The out-of-state wedding of a son fits well into the normal activities of Congressional Rep’s during recesses.

    But, last time I checked, the state of Minnesota is not in recess. Governor Pawlenty is still on duty full time. If he were honest about what he’s really doing, he’d be taking a leave of absence from his job as governor because he’s obviously devoting his attention, full time, to his presidential run and spending nearly all his time far away from Minnesota.

    If there were to be a major crisis, say, a terrorist attack, here in Minnesota, where would our governor be when we needed him. NOT HERE!

  3. Submitted by Tim Brausen on 08/17/2009 - 04:38 pm.

    Mr. Kapphahn, we would not want the Governor here in the event of a crisis, because he has made perfectly clear in his governing that he prefers inaction to action. Accordingly, he would be as useless in a crisis as Carol Molnau was when the bridge went down; though I am sure he would seek out the camera, the one action he has always been good at.

  4. Submitted by Dave Wright on 08/17/2009 - 06:38 pm.

    Uh, Tom, you left something out – the reason for McCollum’s trip to Japan. It was her son’s wedding. Are you suggesting this was a bad thing to do?

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