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Published May 05 2011

Author Gaiman amused by Minnesota GOP leader’s slam

A best-selling author is reacting with amusement to a Minnesota GOP leader who called him “a pencil-necked little weasel.” In comments published Wednesday in the Star Tribune, House Majority Leader Matt Dean also said he hated Neil Gaiman and that he “stole $45,000 from the state of Minnesota.” Dean tells The Associated Press it was legal for the horror, sci-fi and fantasy writer to take $45,000 in state arts money for speaking at a library last year. But he calls the payment “infuriating” and says Gaiman should give it back. Gaiman, who lives in Wisconsin, says he gave the money to charity.