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Letter: Supports David Gaither for Senate District 44

Why one Minnetonka man is voting for David Gaither in Senate District 44.

To the Editor: 

Elections are about differences.  To all reports both David Gaither and Terri Bonoff, the candidates for State Senate in Senate District 44 (roughly Plymouth and Minnetonka), are nice people. They both support education reform.  They both care about the district. So what separates them? What are the differences?  Why should you vote for one over the other? One word. Government.  

Bonoff’s record suggests that she thinks the government isn't big enough.  She’s voted for more and better-paid bureaucrats administering more laws and regulations. And she’s voted for more taxes to pay for all that.  Don’t take my word for it. Google her voting record. Gaither takes a different view. He is a small businessman that understands how too much red tape gets in the way of opportunity.

He will fight to slow the growth of government and insist that it live within its means just like the rest of us. If you think our current state government, the biggest we’ve ever had, still isn’t big enough, then you should vote for Bonoff.  If you think Mark Dayton should have a blank check to help Barack Obama spread the wealth around, vote for Bonoff, who was one of Obama's biggest fundraisers in the state of Minnesota.

If, on the other hand, you think we're taxed and regulated enough already then you should vote for David Gaither. Elections are about differences.  The role of government is the difference in this election.  Vote accordingly.

David Faith

Minnetonka

Tim Anderson October 03, 2012 at 04:04 PM
There's an analysis of chamber position votes for 2012 on http://northstarliberty.blogspot.com/. It shows that 100% of the R's vote with the Chamber more than frequently than any of the D's. That meansTerri's voting record is the best of the worst. So if you're the Chamber, you've got DFL members and (a) you're trying to be bi-partisan (b) you're not sure she's going to lose (c) she's the #2 person in the DFL caucus and you don't want to tick her off (d) she did vote for the corporate welfare of the Vikings Stadium for you (e) she likes the corporate welfare that is light rail - which Gaither doesn't, and (f) you know the Republican is going to vote in your favor anyway, isn't the safest bet to support her? It's just politics.
Brian Matthews October 03, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Convenient to link to a partisan website when in fact you can link directly to her Chamber voting record. http://www.mnchamber.com/action-center/grassroots-center/find-your-legislators-results.cfm Or a synopsis of the most important legislation highlighted by the Chamber. http://www.mnchamber.com/action-center/grassroots-center/2012-house-commentary.cfm Even the best Republicans only voted with the Chamber 85% of the time - seems like Senator Bonoff's record of 77% is much better than you have painted her. Also to note, most Democrats only voted with the Chamber an average of 33% of the time.
Brian Matthews October 03, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Convenient to link to a partisan website when in fact you can link directly to her Chamber voting record. http://www.mnchamber.com/action-center/grassroots-center/find-your-legislators-results.cfm Or a synopsis of the most important legislation highlighted by the Chamber. http://www.mnchamber.com/action-center/grassroots-center/2012-house-commentary.cfm Even the best Republicans only voted with the Chamber 85% of the time - seems like Senator Bonoff's record of 77% is much better than you have painted her. Also to note, most Democrats only voted with the Chamber an average of 33% of the time.
Tim Anderson October 03, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Brian - In some respects we're saying the same thing. While the blog may be right leaning, I chose it because of the graphic. The data came from the Chamber website. I fully acknowledge that she voted with the Chamber 77% of the time. But still, that was less than any of the rest of the Republicans. In 2012 9 of the Republicans voted with the Chamber 100% of the time. The Republican who voted the fewest # of times with the chamber voted over 80% of the time. And yes, some of the Democrats voted with the Chamber 0% of the time. So as as a member of the Chamber if Commerce special interest group, if I'm looking for bi-partisanship, I'd endorse Terri, because she voted in my favor more than any other Democrat. But it still wasn't as many times as the least favorable Republican.
Kelly October 17, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Daryl, We get it. You hate Democrats and liberals. You would have saved us a whole lot of time to have just said that at the beginning rather than appearing to be thoughtful.

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