I came across a list of Minnesota legislators who refused their July 1 salary payments. I was not surprised to see 36B Representative Pat Garofalo on the list. He came out right from the beginning and said it would not be right to accept a paycheck during a government shutdown.
But what surprised me was that pro-shrink the government representative from 36A Mary Liz Holberg and outspoken Tea Partyish District 36 state Senator Dave Thompson were not on the list. I just assumed that they would be a couple of legislators who were really willing to prove just how fiscally responsible they are to Minnesota taxpayers.
Rep. Mary Liz Holberg is in a unique situation. She can win elections by doing very little campaigning and by spending a small amount of money. She has name recognition in the area. She was a past local beauty queen and has served so many terms in the state House now that it is habitual for people to vote for her. She can take her pay without it being much of a negative if she continues to run.
Sen. Dave Thompson is another story. Sure he has the name recognition from his years as an extremist Republican radio show host on KSTP1500, and gets a lot of recognition because he is a great speaker, so he is always out front. But he probably needs to get that taxpayer’s check. I’m sure his degree to become a lawyer was expensive and he’s got to think about retirement because in “Dave Thompson’s perfect world” social security and Medicare will not exist. Plus, he’s got two kids who need college paid for soon and grants are going away and tuition is going up thank to him and his Republican buddies. Oh, and he has that big shiny maroon Mercedes-Benz that needs gas and car washes. Yep, he needs that money. Anyway, he has to deal with liberals, so it is not only need, it is deserved money from the taxpayers even if other state workers who are not as important as him don’t deserve paychecks.
Link to the list of legislators not taking pay: http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2011/07/minnesota_house_legislators_not_accepting_salary.php