Editorial advice to elected officials doesn't get any more blunt than that dished out by the Post Bulletin board in Our View: Red Wing mayor shouldn't serve two masters:
Red Wing Mayor Dennis Egan says he doesn't see a conflict interest between his new job as a lobbyist for the frac-sand industry and his role as an elected official.
The trouble is, a lot of people do.
One Red Wing resident described the situation succinctly. "How can you represent citizens and the industry at the same time?" asked John Tittle, a member of Save the Bluffs, a citizen's group opposed to frac mining. "It seems like it would be a conflict. It seems kind of obvious." . . .
The editorial explores the question, concluding:
. . .Despite Egan's explanation, he must avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest. And it's not as if he's a lame-duck mayor with little time left in office. He was re-elected in November, so he could be wearing two hats for a long time.
Egan's choice is simple: Resign as the sand council's lobbyist, or step down as Red Wing's mayor.
Go read the entire editorial and circulate it via social media.
Enough, Mayor Egan.
Photo: Dennis Egan.
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