Earlier last summer, loyal fans will remember, Senator Mike Parry forgot that he owns and operates a Godfather's Pizza in Waseca, and so was forced to accept the maximum in-session per diem, or see his family sent to the poor farm since the legislature was his only source of income.
Now, in a hearing Thursday on retirement benefits for MNSCU employees (prompted by big rollovers of vacation time for top administrators), The Belle of Waseca County once again forgets that he's a small business owner and his own boss.
The Minnesota Daily reports in Legislators scrutinize MnSCU for sick and vacation time payouts:
Parry said companies usually force employees to use their vacation time so that they’re rested and perform well on the job.
“I’m forced to take [my two weeks], why aren’t they forced to take theirs?” Parry said after the meeting.
Distracted by another scandal in the Republican Party of Minnesota, our camera crew was unable to capture footage of Mike Parry looking in a mirror, talking to himself, and forcing Mike Parry to take two weeks vacation. Or perhaps that's Dave Senjem's job, though we do not know of vacation time for our part-time legislators, who can, after all, claim per diem for weekends and holidays during the session, just as the Emo Senator does.
Such forgetfulness seems hard-wired in Minnesota Republican DNA these days, what with Tony Sutton forgetting to tell Pat Anderson about the $10,000 medical marijuana study he was conducting in 2010 when she came looking for help with gas money for her campaign for state auditor.
Or perhaps nurture, not nature, contributed to that study. Something had to make people want to eat those burritos.
Maybe Mike Parry congressional campaign consultant Ben Golnik knows what Sutton was smoking, since he's one of the "insiders" that MPR identifies in
Sutton seemed to favor the services of current and former party executive directors. The last three were awarded contracts to work for the Republican Party.
During Sutton's tenure, Ryan Griffin served as the party's executive director. But in addition to his annual salary of $85,000, he was also paid roughly $14,000 for consulting and legal work, according to campaign finance documents.
Sutton characterized the payments as a bonus for advising the party on legal issues during election season.
Two former executive directors of the party, Ben Golnik and Darren Bearson, also secured contracts. Golnik was paid $6,000 to help with the 2010 gubernatorial recount and to help Republicans win the Minnesota Senate. He's still owed another $8,000. Bearson's firm, Compass Point Strategies, earned nearly $50,000 for media and consulting work since 2009.
Whatever the case, memory or not, our hero loves a good party, and that's why Emo Senator has such a following. Tune in this week, as the legislature reconvenes, for more Emo Senator.
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