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David L. Jeska, Plymouth, Minn., Published April 14 2012

Minnesota’s GOP can’t even run itself

In the 1970s song “Sunshine,” Jonathon Edwards penned the following words:

“He can’t even run his own life,

I’ll be damned if he’ll run mine.”

Those words came to mind when we discovered that the state GOP is unable to pay rent for their state headquarters

In short, here is the story. The Minnesota GOP owes $2 million to creditors, which also, by the way, is under investigation by the State Campaign Finance Committee. The second part of this is, they cannot pay their rent for their state campaign headquarters. In a memo, the GOP treasurer stated, “We continue to be in a precarious position.” You think?

So let’s get this straight. The party that always is talking about fiscal responsibility and wants to tell us how to deal with our state and national financial crises and that, of course, are prone to tell me how to run my personal life, cannot even run their own house? Now isn’t that rich. So here they are on the verge of being evicted from their headquarters and, for all practical purposes, are bankrupt. The answer to their dilemma? Appeal to donors with deep pockets.

On a national and state level, they tell us that our financial problems are not about increasing revenue but, in fact, about too much spending. But here they are trying to raise revenue and spending beyond their means. Unbelievable.

It brings me back to the words from the song, and now I will paraphrase a bit:

“They can’t even run their own house,

I’ll be damned if they’ll run mine.”