In Drazkowski hasn’t ruled out run for Congress, Winona Daily News reporter Mary Juhl reports that Tony Sutton likes what he sees in Steve Drazkowski. So much, in fact, that the Republican Party will back the controversial Mazeppa lawmaker before the Congressional district endorsing convention:
Sutton said the party would consider backing Drazkowski if he secures support from constituents and activists in his district before an endorsement convention in April 2012. [emphasis added]
“People are looking for candidates they can believe in who tell it like it is,” said Sutton. “There’s no doubt Drazkowski would bring that to the race.”
Unless that's just a very prolix way of saying "is endorsed at the district convention," it looks like Sutton has caught the Drazombie "say no to local control" contagion. If taking control away from school boards is good enough for state representatives, then dictating terms prior to a congressional endorsing convention shouldn't be much of a problem.
Sutton may like Drazkowski a lot, but along with Representative Pat Garfalo, the Draz has been scolded by papers throughout Southern Minnesota and beyond for meddling with local control of school levies.
In short, for telling it like it isn't.
Sutton also suggests that Draz, who puts his jacket on multiple model bills written by the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) corporate bill factory, is "authentic," "sincere" and "hard-working." In the past, Bluestem has suggested that as a file clerk for America's best corporations and their legislative agenda, Draz's legislative salary could be cut by 2/3ths.
Examples of ALEC model bills Draz has carried or intends to carry include his SB1070 copycat bill and the supermajority amendment that will form the centerpiece of House GOP Reform 2.0.
On the other hand, it's quite probable that Draz came up with the plan to chop down black walnut trees in state parks all by himself. Perhaps that's proof of the authenticity that Chairman Sutton sees when he peers into Steve's eyes.