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Paulsen Votes Against Sandy Aid, Tips Hat on 2014 U.S. Senate Run

Rep. Erik Paulsen joined GOP extremists & voted against nearly $50.6B in aid to help victims of Hurricane Sandy — a calculated move to better position himself for the 2014 U.S. Senate endorsement.

Last night, Representative Erik Paulsen joined the extremists in the Republican Party and voted against nearly $50.6 billion in emergency aid to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy — a calculated political move to better position himself with Republican activists who will decide the U.S. Senate endorsement in 2014.  The bill passed 241-180. 


“Congressman Paulsen joined the extremists in the Republican Party and played politics with Americans' lives,” Carrie Lucking, Executive Director of the Alliance for a Better Minnesota (ABM), said. “We expect our public leaders to step up and do the right thing in times of crisis. Unfortunately, Rep. Paulsen was more concerned with his own political ambitions.”

The Republican Party of Minnesota has been overrun with Tea Party Activists, many of whom supported Ron Paul in the 2012 Presidential endorsing process. Tacking to the right is a way to please these activists prior to the GOP endorsing process.
 
Earlier this month, Rep. Paulsen made waves when he was asked if he was planning to run for the U.S. Senate in 2014 and gave three different answers in 48 hours. Paulsen first told MPR, "No, that's ridiculous.” He was later quoted in The Hill, saying, "I haven’t ruled anything out,” and even later in MPR saying, “Maybe.

ABM launched a new website earlier this month — www.IsErikPaulsenRunningForSenateToday.com — in order to point out Paulsen's extremist move to the right to please his activist base. The website is updated frequently with Paulsen's latest political maneuvers as he positions to run for the U.S. Senate.

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Dave Peterson January 16, 2013 at 07:43 PM
I apologize if this article isn't representative of this site but wow. This is certainly isn't the type of journalism I would expect here. There isn't any quotes as far as why Rep. Paulson voted against the bill. The headline is clearly stating the author's views, the only evidence shown to support his views is an other opinion from someone with a vested interested. There is even blatant shilling for an anit-Paulson website. This is the worst form of journalism and if the big newspapers are disappearing in favor of this type, I weep for the future.
Jay Corn January 16, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Dave: this is a blog, submitted to Patch and unedited. It's an opinion piece and obviously not representative of Patch. Anyone can do the same, and I'd invite you to expand on some of your thoughts by doing the same. (http://lakeminnetonka.patch.com/blog/apply). Also, Patch regularly posts similar pieces submitted by Congressman Paulsen (http://tinyurl.com/baan6tq). I hope this clears up any confusion. Thanks for commenting!
Joey Stone January 17, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Terrible blog post. No information. A teenager can go on a rant about how right wingers are extremists. Maybe he was doing it because he finds it morally wrong to take money from Minnesota and give it to people to help build up their million dollar homes.
MapleGroove January 17, 2013 at 02:10 PM
This comes across as a news article when I opened it. Very misleading. If you want to truly come across as a viable news source, these "blogs" shouldn't appear as news.
MapleGroove January 17, 2013 at 02:23 PM
By the way: Paulsen voted for billions of dollars in Sandy relief. Unfortunately, the final House-passed package included tens of billions of dollars in additional spending unrelated to Hurricane Sandy, including money for the Secret Service and a $1.5 billion slush fund to the Federal Highway Administration.
Roger Lutgen January 17, 2013 at 03:09 PM
The headline could have said something about opinion piece, some people skim the headlines and don't read or anylize the articles. Did Rep. Paulsen vote against the extra things that always get tacked onto a bill that was meant to help the victims of a disaster. As usual the point of the opinion piece was not to suppot the victims, but to attact anyone who wants to hold the line on spending. What if people on both sides would have been more respectful of our tax dollars and our rights all these years. Maybe then we be able to respond without delay to disaters, and have the money to do it.
Joanne Simons January 17, 2013 at 04:21 PM
It clearly says "local voices". It is common practice in journalistic publications: editorial columns and letters to the editor from readers. Plus, Mr. Paulsen himself has used this space to express his stands. What are you folks so upset about? That Erik's "nice guy" cover is blown and he's exposed for what he is? His voting record mirrors crazy Michele Bachmann, only more so. All this feigned "outrage" is laughable. Trying to justify his vote against disaster relief to Sandy victims is disgusting. And Roger, what if Bush and pals hadn't racked up all this debt from their tax cuts for the rich and two off-the-books wars?
Laura W. January 17, 2013 at 07:41 PM
If the word "Opinion" was in the title, I think this would be better received. As it was, I clicked through thinking it was a news article, as well. Just my two cents.
Roger Lutgen January 21, 2013 at 05:09 AM
Joanne, thanks for your comments. I do not like tax cuts for the rich either, like Opra, Bruce Springsteen, George Clooney, Al Gore, etc. It seems as if certain people who make alot of money and fly in private jets get a pass. But they need to vote democrat and promote progressive ideals. It was a bill for Sandy relief not for anything else they could sneak in, from either side of the isle. Lets clean up the way the government does business, and understand where these hard earned tax dollars come from.

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