KSTP report: Dayton wants Ted Mondale and local CEOs for new Stadium Authority

KSTP News reports that Gov. Mark Dayton wants Ted Mondale to be chair of the new Stadium Authority that was established by the Legislature to oversee the new Vikings stadium.

Also under consideration for the Authority are U.S. Bank CEO Richard Davis and former Target CEO Bob Ulrich, the story says.

Mondale has been chair of the  Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission,  manager of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, which eventually will be torn down to make way for the new publicly funded stadium. Dayton appointed Mondale to that position soon after taking office in January 2011.

Dayton gets to appoint the Authority chair and two other members of the five-member board; Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will appoint the other two.

The KSTP report says Mondale might not  want to take on the new position, and that Duane Benson might be considered for the chair. Benson, a former NFL player, served in the Legislature and was head of the Minnesota Business Partnership.

In addition to Dayton’s consideration of business leaders Ulrich and Davis, the story says Rybak would like to name Bill McCarthy of the Minneapolis Central Labor Council, as a favor to labor for its support of the stadium, and Barbara Butts-Williams, the dean of education at Capella University, for her management experience.

Both Dayton and Rybak are expected to name their choices later this week.

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  1. Submitted by Mark Stromseth on 06/13/2012 - 09:01 am.

    Corporatocracy, Here We Come!

    If the Governor is turning to corporate executives (current or former) to be members of this new Stadium Authority, it’s a sure sign that leaders are not being sought; quite the opposite. If there’s one thing we don’t need it’s more of the same old thing, where the entrenched business executives become part of the political establishment by virtue of being named to a government entity. The same goes for ex-sports players.

    What we need instead is representation from people from other parts of the state, who are not members of this elite good-old-boys network (did anyone notice how only men have been named as being under consideration for membership on this Stadium Authority?). If this is really going to be a “People’s Stadium”, then The People need to be represented on this board, and that representation cannot come from business executives who have their own views that are almost certainly in direct conflict with what The People want — not that we’ve ever been asked what we want!

    There are more than 5 million people in the state, and about half of them are adults. So from among that pool of potential candidates, why has the Governor not looked at any of them, or even established a means for anyone interested to be considered? There are obviously no qualifications needed except to be breathing and ambulatory, so why is it that the only people being considered are from an extremely narrow group?

    This is what Corporatocracy looks like, and it’s nothing less than incest.

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