Recap of Republican Sen. Dave Thompson’s first town hall meeting

Attendance was low at the first local town hall meeting organized by Senate District 36 state Senator Dave Thompson.  Less than ten people showed up at Farmington High School for the meeting, including the Senator, his legislative aide and local journalist Derrick Williams.  Among the remaining attendees was Farmington School Board Vice Chair, and active Republican Party member Brian Treakle, leaving just a handful of unaffiliated constituents.

It isn’t uncommon for such a low turnout at a meeting like this in a place like Senate District 36.  This is a safe Republican district with a low voter activist level on either side.  Republicans in the area feel safe and Democrats feel secluded.  However, it is surprising that Sen. Thompson didn’t organize a couple more local supporters to attend, at least for photos.  I’m sure that will change in the future.

Despite being as he described it, a “small “L” libertarian, which I can only assume means he believes not in the Libertarian Party, but the political philosophy that seeks to eliminate all but the most basic laws protecting people from being physically harmed and having their property stolen, Sen. Thompson contradicted himself on couple of “small ‘L’ libertarian” points.

While he stated he was against the Department of Education and the smoking ban (libertarian speak for shrink government bureaucracy and let people choose to make their own bad decisions,) he also stated he is against letting people make their own choice as to who they marry, and against the public being allowed to make their own bad decision to gamble here in Minnesota.  (I’m sure Gamblin’ Pat Garofalo (House 36B-R) and him don’t see eye-to-eye on that.)

He talked about the negative social impact of gambling being important, while hypocritically ignoring the social impact the smoking ban has in protecting the health of the majority of people (including children) who don’t smoke. 

Can you believe the hypocrisy in that simple idea that gambling has a negative social impact on our community while ignoring that smoking does too?  Or worse yet, the hypocrisy that he is concerned at all about any negative social impact when he is more concerned about keeping the wealthiest Minnesotans at their current income level than the social impact cutting medical, employment and basic aide items from the budget would have on children, low income families, single mothers and people with disabilities and their families. 

It might lead one to believe that a negative social impact isn’t the important aspect of his concern at all.  The contradictions are evident in his actions in the Senate.  So what’s the deal with the hypocrisy?  Ego?  Bigger political plans?  Warped sense of humor?  What?

Senator Dave Thompson is up for reelection in 2012, along with the entire Minnesota legislature. 

In 2012, let’s correct the mistakes we made in 2010.

Crossposted by Steve Quist at the DFL SD36 Website