In a year when about 20 percent of the Minnesota Legislature plans to retire, there are also 20 former state lawmakers working hard to get back to the Capitol.
The list of former legislators attempting political comebacks is dominated by Democrats. Some are trying to win open House and Senate seats created by redistricting. Others are taking on incumbents to try win back the seats they lost.
Yadda yadda. That’s fine – they want that pension. A DFLer’s gonna look for taxpayer money to use up. It’s understandable.
Less understandable was this statement:
[Former Eagan rep Jim] Carlson said he thinks many of the DFL candidates share a common motivation.
“I think a lot of us think the voters made a mistake in 2010, and we probably can reverse that mistake,” he said.
“You voters sure are stupid! But via relentless repetition, even a moron like you, simple voter, can get it right eventually”.
I really do hope that that Carlson’s opponent – maybe it’s Doug Wardlow, but I’m not sure – prints that statement up on T-shirts. It may just be a contender for a 2012 Shootie Award.