We now return to another episode of Emo Senator, Minnesota's most watched telenovela, where we find Mike Parry, the Belle of Waseca County, being assailed by disabled Iraq War combat veteran, Representative John Kriesel.
Kriesel posted the following message on his Facebook page after Mike Parry flounced a stadium funding bill from consideration by the senate:
Senator Parry used a rare motion in the Senate to make the companion bill to my E-Pull tabs/Charities/Stadium funding bill to disappear. Vikings fans turned up the heat on him so he sent this email to people writing to him. Very misleading. My comments are in parentheses:
Thank you for your email in response to my decision to pull my bill that provides tax relief to gambling outlets like American Legions, VFWs and small town Chambers of Commerce. Senate File 702 gives charitable gambling outlets the opportunity to better serve their communities through disbursement of dollars to more youth organizations than government can. Simply put, this bill will leave more dollars in our local communities (he made this bill evaporate).
That said, Senate File 702 is not the Vikings bill. It was never intended to be (it is not the stadium bill but IT IS THE STADIUM FUNDING BILL and helps charities). My colleague, Senator Julie Rosen is the author of the Vikings Stadium bill here in the Senate. Pulling my bill does not affect the status of her Vikings bill. Under her leadership, the Vikings Stadium bill is “alive and well.” You can find out more about the status of the Vikings Stadium bill by visiting: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/revisor/pages/search_status/status_detail.php?b=Senate&f=SF2391&ssn=0&y=2012
I also want to let you know that I sat down with Representative Kriesel, the House author of my bill, earlier today to clear up the confusion about the bill and my decision to remove it from one committee to find another route for it to move forward. (We talked but he never "cleared up confusion" so this is far from true)
I hope that cleared up the questions you had regarding my bill. Please don't hesitate to contact my office again in the future with any questions you may have about legislation.
SF2391 Status in Senate for Legislative Session 87
Republican Sen. Mike Parry has been criticized this week for pulling his bill that expanded electronic pulltabs, with extra revenue going to charities and possibly to pay for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium. Rep. John Kriesel, the GOP sponsor of the same bill in the House, was furious that Parry sent an e-mail to a Vikings fan saying that the two legislators met to “clear up the confusion about the bill.” Kriesel said Thursday that Parry’s email “was incredibly misleading” and he might have put the plan in peril this session. “We did not clear up any confusion,” Kriesel said. -- Baird Helgeson
Long time fans of Emo Senator will recognize that Senator Parry's description of his meeting with Kriesel follow the pattern of his tweet describing his meet-and-greets for his congressional campaign. Whether the attendance at these events are large (rare as hens' teeth) or sparse, Parry tweets about the throngs of admirers mobbing the Pizza Ranches and cafes throughout the First Congressional District.
Admittedly, the public may be haunting the Pizza Ranches, but an informed source tells the scriptwriter that it's the tasty broasted chicken and pizza buffet, not the politicians who use the free meeting rooms, that brings them in. As for this stadium thing, the scriptwriter hasn't much paid attention, since the Vikes broke her heart back in the days of Purple People Eaters, and she's never looked back.
Photoshop image: Flouncett O'Parry, Emo Senator and the Belle of Waseca County.