Every once in a while, political apologies seem to lack sincerity.
For example, Norann Dillon, a Republican who is challenging incumbent DFLer Terri Bonoff in Senate District 43 (west suburbs), sent a flier to voters that claimed she had the endorsement of former Gov. Al Quie.
This came as a surprise to Quie, who told Dillon he had not endorsed her. Dillon agreed to explain the mistaken endorsement on her website, which she did, sort of, earlier today.
“Earlier this year, Gov. Quie, who lives in my district, expressed support for my campaign and I thought this statement to be an endorsement,’’ she wrote. “It was a misunderstanding between Gov. Quie and myself and I apologize fo using his name on my recent mailings.’’
Then, came Dillon’s clinching line.
“Told you I wasn’t a politician,’’ she wrote. Next to that line was one of those little smiley faces.
Bonoff , who does have the endorsement of former Republican Gov. Arne Carlson, is not amused, even by the little smiley face. She noted that the flier with the “mistaken” endorsement went to thousands of people in the district.
“You make a mistake about an endorsement from a respected former governor?’’ Bonoff said, “… and then you apologize with a cute little smiley face? I find that disturbing.’’