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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Kennedy bravely runs away...

I finally saw the Mark Kennedy TV ad this morning, and it was basically as people have described it. If Democrats have any brains at all, they aren't going to let Kennedy get away with claiming to be "independent", given that he has voted with Bush at least 90% of the time.

Kennedy, like many Republicans, has voted over and over to give the finger to most Minnesotans be supporting the Bush administration's extremist legislation. He can't expect to pretend to be independent now and not have to answer for his voting record. Kennedy is a Bush Republican through and through, and he is going to have to answer for what he and the Bush administration have been doing for years.

It's a nice try, though. I never would have thought that Republicans would be running away so quickly from their leader.


At 3:54 AM, July 28, 2006, Anonymous Dr. Jack Shepard said...

Dr. Jack Shepard says, This strike anybody as a shock?


Visit: http://www.shepardusgov.com/McCollum-insults-AIPAC.htm

Klobuchar letter.

1)"She presents herself as a dedicated public servant acutely concerned with the public’s safety when her only dedication is to her own self-promotion."

2)"Throughout her tenure as Hennepin County Attorney, Amy Klobuchar has demonstrated her disdain for the very employees that have placed her in the position to run for the office she now seeks."

3)"The purpose of this letter is to tell you why Ms. Klobuchar continues to be wholly undeserving of AFSCME’s endorsement."

4)"As County Attorney, Amy Klobuchar has created a hostile work environment."

The strong feelings of our membership compel the Executive Board of Local 2938 to write you regarding AFSCME’s contemplated endorsement of a candidate for the United States Senate. Our local represents the attorneys and legal professionals in the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office who have worked under candidate Amy Klobuchar for seven years.

Thus we are in the unique position of providing you with the most comprehensive information necessary to judge Ms. Klobuchar’s performance on the issues germane to our organization. Four years ago, this local asked Council 14 to withhold the endorsement from Amy Klobuchar. This request was ignored. We do not want that to happen again.

The purpose of this letter is to tell you why Ms. Klobuchar continues to be wholly undeserving of AFSCME’s endorsement.

Throughout her tenure as Hennepin County Attorney, Amy Klobuchar has demonstrated her disdain for the very employees that have placed her in the position to run for the office she now seeks.

She has denigrated these lawyers both publicly and privately. She has refused to support their efforts to obtain a fair wage adjustment. She has taken credit for the hard work of her employees. She has severely damaged the morale of the office.

As County Attorney, Amy Klobuchar has created a hostile work environment.

This has resulted in increased grievances from employees as well as informal disciplinary matters in which the union was asked to intervene on the employee’s behalf.

Ms. Klobuchar’s hiring practices have further evidenced disdain for her own employees. Qualified personnel from her own and other public offices have been rejected because her priority has been to choose candidates who support her ambitions.

In a dispute with county investigators, Ms. Klobuchar made no effort to keep these qualified team members in the office. She has even succeeded in diminishing the union ranks by promoting retirement among a group of employees, and then rehiring them as independent contractors.

In short, Amy Klobuchar is exactly the kind of candidate that AFSCME should oppose.

As you are aware, Hennepin County attorneys were seeking a market increase during the last contract negotiation so their wages would be representative of the work they do, and competitive with the wages of attorneys in neighboring jurisdictions. Local 2938 sought Ms. Klobuchar’s assistance. For months, Ms. Klobuchar refused to support these efforts. Last October Ms. Klobuchar attended a fund raiser for Senate District 19.

A former AFSCME member, Lori Schmidt, asked for her position on the market increase. Ms. Klobuchar did not offer any words of support. Instead, she ridiculed the request and characterized it as unreasonable and unfair.
Around this time, Ms. Klobuchar met with AFSCME leaders in an attempt to obtain AFSCME’s early support. They, too, questioned Ms. Klobuchar’s support for the attorneys’ wage adjustment, pointing out that new associates from her former law firm were receiving starting salaries greater than the non-supervisory attorneys in her office that were at the top of the pay scale. Ms. Klobuchar responded that such a comparison was irrelevant since none of the attorneys in her office were competent enough to work in her former firm. AFSCME correctly withheld an early endorsement.

Ms. Klobuchar was finally forced to meet with our local 2938’s bargaining team in mid-November. She said she would support a “fair increase” but refused to define what she meant by a “fair increase.” She promised to assist us, but refused to do so publicly. She promised to support us “behind the scenes” by advocating for a fair market adjustment with county board members prior to our scheduled mediation. We understood Ms. Klobuchar’s comments as a promise that she would actively lobby the county board on our behalf. We do not believe Ms. Klobuchar kept her promise to AFSCME. In the end, her “behind the scenes” assistance was so tardy, weak and grudgingly given that only one member of the County Board clearly recalled having any contact from either her or her management team. Any perception that Ms. Klobuchar sincerely helped our members on this issue is incorrect. We fear that AFSCME will support Ms. Klobuchar based on her unfulfilled promise of assistance.
The fact that Ms. Klobuchar holds so little regard for her employees has not stopped her from taking credit for their work. She has used the publicity from the many successfully prosecuted criminal cases to give the public the false impression that she was actively involved in those cases. She was not.

She presents herself as a dedicated public servant acutely concerned with the public’s safety when her only dedication is to her own self-promotion.

AFSCME represents thousands of working men and women that have dedicated themselves to fairness in the workplace. Council 5’s slogan is: “One strong unified voice for Minnesota workers.” Amy Klobuchar assumes she will receive AFSCME’s endorsement. She believes that AFSCME’s fear that a Republican will be elected will preclude any fair review of her labor record. This must not happen. AFSCME must hold Amy Klobuchar responsible for her shameful treatment of her employees. We, the members of Local 2938, demand that you deny Amy Klobuchar endorsement for the United States Senate.
James Appleby
President, Local 2938 on behalf of the Executive Board of Local 2938

Posted by: Dr. Jack Shepard; Veteran America Service Officer announces he will run for the GOP nomination for the 4th Congressional District in the GOP Primary on Sept. 12, 2006

At 1:55 PM, July 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see dynamic young woman with a record of responsability and achievement or a lying weasal of a political hack... who do I want as a Senator from the Great State of Minnesota? Mark Kennedy gets his daughter to lie on camera in a commercial that reeks of contempt for Minnesotans as yokels or Amy Klobuchar who the worst thing anybody can say about her is office politics BS like the lame fool Dr. Jack Shepard above... boy there's a hard decsion! Lying weasal who won't take responsabilty for follwing orders from George Bush or dynamic young lawyer? I'll have to really think about that one.

At 9:38 AM, July 30, 2006, Anonymous J of Richfield said...

Taking off our Blue shaded glasses, the adds are pleasant, but leave you wondering.

The plus side is they are folksy and seem like the nice ads Coleman ran with his daughter( hope she stays away from her bottom feeding grandpa), and the early effective. Grunseth Norwegian ads.

On the flip side, he seems to be running close to two thin line he crosses at his own peril.
-- Telling Republicans he is a Rhino.
-- Saying something that is contrary what most people think of him as the truth. He is proud conservative republican.

What does mean?
Is he desperate??
Or did he made a mistake?


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