Monday, January 16, 2006

Didn't Kennedy Get It the First Time

MNPublius is exposing the potential illegal antics of Kennedy's campaign again. I am not the one to cast judgment, so you review the facts at determine for yourself whether this behavior is appropriate regarding this event. Here are the Cliff Notes:
So, what do we have so far?

* Coleman sets up tour with the head of the VA department and invites Kennedy but not Sabo

* VA head, James Nicholson, apparently tells Minneapolis VA hospital that he is inviting the whole delegation but only informs Dayton and Sabo that he "will be in the area" through an after-hours courtesy call

* Dayton and Sabo receive no invite to the Minneapolis VA event

* VA has a no campaigning policy, and it would in fact be illegal to do so in a federal building. Yet, Mark Kennedy ventures outside of his district to go to the Minneapolis event even though there is going to be another event in St. Cloud, his district.

Is any of this starting to sound familiar? Mark Kennedy was already reprimanded by the House for venturing outside of his district for a Hmong event because it clearly consituted campaigning with federal, taxpayer, dollars. And then he did it again! Now, once again, Kennedy is clearly using tax payer dollars to hold campaign events in public, federal buildings! There is absolutely no way that Kennedy's being there can be classified as official business when the Representative for the district (Sabo) wasn't even invited, not to mention the state's other Senator, Dayton.
What should be frustrating for Kennedy supporters, is that this isn't the first time he has done this.

Any advantage Rep. Kennedy may have had in jumping out early, eliminating the competition and clearing the field for himself is slowly turning into an implosion. At some point, a serious case of buyers' remorse will set in, but they will be stuck with the guy they anointed.


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