July 23, 2004

Democrats With Happy Fingers

First, it was Sandy Berger and the Pants and Socks of Holding.

Now it's Phyllis Kahn (DFL - Shangri La). Kahn, who was a moonbat before being a moonbat was cool, was collared pilfing a Republican candidate's literature.

State Rep. Phyllis Kahn, a 32-year veteran from Minneapolis and a key figure in the DFL House caucus, was stopped by New Hope police earlier this week after a citizen complained that she was removing a Republican House member's campaign literature from doorsteps and replacing it with a DFL opponent's material.

The case has been referred to the Anoka County attorney's office for possible charges, officials said.

Kahn could not be reached for comment, but she issued a statement to local media in the northwestern suburb.

It said she "made a mistake in picking up a few pieces of (Rep.) Lynne Osterman's campaign material, which was done without direction from anyone."

This isn't uncommon, of course; as the Strib says,
Complaints about petty shenanigans such as lawn-sign vandalism or literature-swiping are not uncommon -- often involving kids or overzealous volunteers.[...]
...who sweep through neighborhoods here in Saint Paul smashing Republican signs en masse before every election; entire blocks of lawn signs are routinely vandalized by the "kids and volunteers".

Kahn is, need it be mentioned, neither a kid nor a volunteer. She is a state representative and a senior member of the Minnesota House.

The Strib continues:

Osterman, who has worked as a communications manager for public and private-sector institutions, said she has mixed feelings about the incident. "It's sad that it came to this," she said. "[Kahn] has kind of an esteemed career and has been a model encouraging women candidates."

But, she continued, the incident illustrates how desperate DFLers are to retake her seat and others, and "it's stooping about as low as you can stoop.

Expect more. Much more.

Fraters are also on the story.

Posted by Mitch at July 23, 2004 07:46 PM | TrackBack

Well at least the STrib is paying attention to at one document-pilfering story. They seem much more fascinated with Kahn's pilfering of GOP pamphelts than with Sandy Berger's pilfering of the country's highest classified documents.

Posted by: Gideon at July 25, 2004 12:12 PM

Ach, Phyllis. She's insane. I say this as a loyal DFLer--she--is--frickin'--loony. I'm proud to say I voted against her the one year I spent in her district (yes, I voted for the Republican, who was about as right-wing-nutjobby as they come...just to get rid of Phyllis.)

Does this surprise me? No. Should she be ousted by her district for this? No, not just for this--for many other reasons, too.

Will she be ousted by her district?

Her crazy liberal, University of Minnesota district?


Posted by: Jeff Fecke at July 25, 2004 11:59 PM