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Open Forum: LeMieur is always on the job

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Let’s get this straight: Rep. Mike LeMieur works for his constituents and no one else. As our representative, he’s “on the job” 24/7 whether the Legislature is in session or not. He can be contacted anytime. Also, get your facts straight. It’s inaccurate to say he collected all his benefits during the special session because he didn’t.

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DFL letter writers like to claim that LeMieur only works for the “wealthiest who got him elected.” That’s not true; just follow the money. It shows that LeMieur received two-thirds of his money from ordinary individuals who live in his district or have close ties to the area. In other words, his constituents.

Whereas, LeMieur’s opponent, former Rep. Al Doty, a retired school teacher, received two-thirds of his money from various teachers’ and labor unions or their PACS. Most of his contributions came from similar wealthy organizations outside the district, not his constituents.

Also, we simply cannot ignore the anything-but-accurate ads the local DFL Party ran against LeMieur earlier this year. Those eight ads cost $1,728.92, the Record’s regular price. That’s a lot of money for a local party. Is it possible it came from some wealthy DFL donors? I think so.

Clara Kedrowski

Little Falls

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with Causecast.org — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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