I recently attended an event hosted by Dale Lueck in Deerwood. I saw the press release in the Brainerd Dispatch (State House Tax Panel Chair to be at Lueck event) and heard about it on the radio station 3WI. Lon Schmidt was listed as “moderator” and Representative Greg Davids, who is the chair of the House Tax Committee, was listed as a “guest” and the topic of the “session” was “It’s About Taking Care of Business.”
Half-way through Chairman Davids’ talk, I was asked to pay $20 or leave as this was a fundraiser. I left, a little embarrassed, thinking that I had completely misunderstood what I had read in the paper! When I got home, I reviewed the article and sure enough, it didn’t mention anything about the event being a fundraiser, or there being any charge for admission.
I think that it was a very misleading way to get people to come and donate to Mr. Lueck’s campaign. My feeling is that if Mr. Lueck cannot be up front about something like this, how can we trust him to represent us in St. Paul with honest and integrity?
This is the fourth time that Mr. Lueck has run for office in the last decade, but the first time that he’s run in Crow Wing County. Is it normal in his hometown for constituents to pay to discuss taxes with an elected official?