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I wonder if the He Men Woman Haters Club ever imagined that their League of Women Voters Boycott stunt would have backfired so badly on them. Ringleader Frank Long has more egg on his face than a chicken coop after a tornado.

I hope Tom Workman, Jim Walter and Vince Beaudette each call and personally thank Frank for opting them out of the best exposure they would have had as candidates and ruining any chance these challengers would have had for widespread, positive name recognition. In other words, guys, your election hopes went down in flames when you hooked up with “Lyin’ Frank” Long.

And now I am hearing that they have dragged Cindy Pugh and Dave Osmek into this mess. Somebody please check the water supply for idiot juice…I think we have a leak.

These are the Letters to the Editor from the Chaska Herald and Chanhassen Villager this week. If people wrote these letters about me, I would just quit.

We regret to inform you

We regret to inform you that the Carver County Commissioners Candidate Forum scheduled for Oct. 2 has been cancelled.

Districts 2 and 5 will not be rescheduled because one candidate from each district has declined to participate. Because LWV Eastern Carver County is a nonpartisan organization, we cannot hold a Candidate Forum for the benefit of one candidate. The Candidate Forum for District 1 will be rescheduled for Thursday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Carver County Commissioners Chambers (Carver County Government Center, 600 East Fourth Street, Chaska).

Although the candidates from Districts 2 and 5 will not be participating in the Forum, they are more than welcome to attend as part of the audience.

The Carver County Commissioners Candidate Forum will follow the Senate District 47 Candidate Forum scheduled at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18 in the Carver County Commissioners Chambers.

The Candidate Forums will be taped and rebroadcast on cable TV and will also be available online.

LWV Eastern Carver County provides these forums as a service to candidates and to the communities they will serve. It is an opportunity to learn more about the candidates and the issues important to our community. We hope that you will all attend!

Marcia Eland,
Voter Service Chair,
LWV Eastern Carver County

Shows How Little They Think of Us

Carver County is Republican territory. We all know it. Evidently this knowledge has led some of our candidates to  assume that the “R” after their name on the ballot means our votes are a slam dunk. Let’s look at their actions.

  • Get the GOP to endorse them in races that are traditionally bipartisan.
  • Object to the “leftist” leanings of the non-partisan League of Women Voters.
  • Refuse to participate in candidate forums.
  • Refuse to participate in debates.

County Commissioner candidates Workman, Long, Beaudette, and Walter; Minnesota House candidates Ernie Leidiger and Cindy Pugh; and Congressional candidates Erik Paulson and John Kline assume that we will elect them simply because of the “R.”

How insulting! Any candidate who does not have the courage of their convictions is not worth our vote.

If they are not willing to stand up for what they believe, they demonstrate how  little they think of us.

Elected officials work for “we the people”. We pay them to work for us. Make them work for your vote.

Sue Lantto,
Chanhassen

Partisan politics spills into nonpartisan election

Hard to believe! Carver County Commissioner Candidates Long, Beaudette, Walter and Workman have seemingly done Mitt Romney one better by trying to alienate 53 percent of the population with their refusal to participate in the proposed League of Women Voters forum (“Candidate kibosh,” Sept. 20).

It appears they identify anyone to the left of Rush Limbaugh as “radically left” liberals, probably even as weak and unable to ask fair and viable questions.

What a disappointment that the bitterly partisan politics of our state and federal governments has to spill over to a supposedly nonpartisan county election. Disappointing also that these candidates deigned the Women Voter group unworthy of their participation and incapable of conducting an honest and informative session.

My wife and I want to thank the newspaper and these candidates for putting their views and names in print so we can save them to make ! sure we don’t vote for them in the election.

Steve Clark,
Chaska

What are you afraid of?

I have a question for Carver County Board candidates Frank Long, Vince Beaudette, Jim Walter and Tom Workman regarding putting the “Kibosh” on the LWV Forum.

What are you afraid of?

Rich Hurtig,
Chaska

Can’t pick up the ball and go home

Last week’s edition featured a letter from four Republican candidates for Carver County Commissioner who indicated their intention not to appear at the League of Women Voters (LWV) candidate forum on Oct. 2.

In their letter, the candidates indicated their decision was the result of their determination that the League was a “leftist” organization and that questions asked in previous candidate forums presumed “an agreement with your world view.” They also state that they “have no faith that the League of Women Voters of Carver County are going to accept that point of view or ask questions that will allow us to talk about those values.”

The good news is we don’t have to take their assertions as fact. We can go to the tape. The 2010 LWV candidate forum is available online for viewing at the Chaska Community Television website (www.vimeo.com/chaskatv). Here are the six questions posed of Carver County Commissioner candidates in 2010:

  1. Considering the decrease in aid from the state, what are your priorities for Carver County?
  2. Carver has been a rural county. How do we maintain the rural/urban balance?
  3. The Carver County Community Development Agency (CDA) is responsible for community and economic development in the county. Please assess the CDA’s record and suggest ways that it could change its operations.
  4. Do you feel that the decision to underwrite $10.8 million in bonds for the Oak Grove City Center project in Norwood-Young America was the correct one given the current economic conditions and the significant opposition of residents?
  5. Are you in favor of keeping the Public Health, Land, and Water Services Department in Chaska or moving them outside of Chaska and why?
  6. The 2011 county budget includes a 1.5 percent pay raise for county employees. How do you justify this given the current economic environment?

There’s nothing “leftist” about these questions. In fact, two of these questions directly challenge spending decisions made by the County Board, and all of them allow candidates to expound generally on their philosophy of government.

Tom Workman, Frank Long, Vince Beaudette, and Jim Walter don’t have a leg to stand on here. Their short-sighted decision may very well rob Carver County voters of their only opportunity to see their commissioner candidates side-by-side answering the same questions. That decision speaks poorly of their readiness for the office they seek.

Public officials need to demonstrate that they can effectively communicate with everyone in the community. When you’re a county commissioner, you can’t pick up the ball and go home when faced with someone you disagree with. You have to work with them and try to find the best solution. I hope the four candidates will reconsider their decision and allow voters the chance to see them in a fair and open-to-the-public forum before Election Day.

Sean Olsen,
Chaska

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3 thoughts on “Frank Long: Eggface

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  2. Long has suggested that the LWV join with the Tea Party to be credible. Wow- what a stretch. The LWV makes a point to make issue papers only after arduous work studying issues. I have always found them to be very professional.

    • True, and last I checked they have every right to have a position on issues, this being America…a country founded on disagreement with the king and crown.

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