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Open Forum: Rude treatment

I wish to thank Rep. Mike LeMieur (R) and Rep. John Ward (D) for taking time to meet with area constituents who recently traveled to St. Paul to meet with area legislators.

As stated in a letter to the editor printed April 2, 2012, Sen. Gazelka did not make himself available. While we had a tentative time to meet with Sen. Gazelka, as he was in a committee hearing, he never did make himself available. After waiting outside the chamber for nearly two hours, it was very disappointing to note several other senators from both parties come out to meet with their constituents while we were ignored by our senator.

Once the session ended we still did not see Sen. Gazelka emerge; I assume he once again used a side exit as he has done on prior occasions.

We then went to his office and asked if he was available to meet with us and were told he had left for the day; as it was only 2:40 p.m. this seemed to be a deliberate move to avoid talking with us.

To Sen. Gazelka, I would think that if 48 of your constituents care enough to travel 250 miles round trip to meet with you that you could at least give them five minutes of your time. Having attended “Day on the Hill” events for many years I can honestly say that every other legislator from our district, both Republican and Democrat, have always given us at least a few minutes of their time. Sadly, Sen. Gazelka does not appear to have any interest in his constituents’ concerns.

I sincerely hope the voters of District 9 remember how Sen. Gazelka treats his constituents when it comes time to vote in November.

Liz Wheeler


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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