In Daudt elaborates on comment that Dayton 'caved', Talks mental health care at Baxter clinic, Zach Kayser reports that the Speaker of the Minnesota House didn't really believe that the governor had caved to Republican demands and besides, he wasn't talking to you anyway, Minnesotans and the press.
The explanation came after Daudt, R-Crown, and Rep. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, met with the Nystrom family, executives at Nystrom & Associates, Ltd, a for-profit mental health care provider. Nystrom & Associates feel low payments from the state discourage them from caring for poor people.
Kayser reports in the Brainerd Dispatch:
. . . Star Tribune reporter Patrick Condon was present at a Minnesota GOP breakfast at the convention and tweeted Daudt's comments from when Daudt was speaking to fellow RNC delegates from Minnesota, aside from the main convention activities.
"We're getting close to special session," Daudt said. "Let me decode that for you. The governor has caved on almost everything."
When asked about the "caved" comment Monday, Daudt repeatedly said his remarks at the breakfast were intended for his fellow Republicans, not for the media or for the public at large.
"Obviously, I was speaking to my delegates," he said. "I wasn't speaking to the press or to the public in general.
Perhaps Daudt could check in with soon-to-be-ex-Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz about how that sort of thing works out in internal messaging.
The story continues with Daudt saying his words to Republican activists were both true and kind and not untrue and not unkind:
Dayton "absolutely needed to" scale back his position further back from that list, Daudt said. Therefore, it was appropriate for Daudt to say Dayton "caved," he said.
However, Daudt also said Dayton wasn't caving, per se, and whether he used the word "caved" was "irrelevant."
"Is he caving? No, he's actually meeting me halfway, and I'm meeting him halfway," Daudt said of Dayton.
Bluestem suspects that Daudt missed his true calling as a the subject for a 20th postwar English poet or something.
Photo: Minnesota Speaker Kurt Daudt, never at a loss for words for select audiences.
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