Monday, Bluestem posted in MN17A: Sen. Koenen dismisses GOP candidate's claim of agreement to "work together" that endorsed Republican Minnesota House District 17 candidate Tim Miller claimed that he and SD17 senator Lyle Koenen had spoken "multiple times" about working together should Miller be elected.
In today's West Central Tribune, Miller admits that there was only one conversation at a parade.
Staff writer Tom Cherveny reports in Nothing implied, nothing endorsed:
The blog [Bluestem Prairie] also quotes Miller’s response published in the West Central Tribune’s online voter guide. It asked the question: More often than not on major issues, Minnesota government becomes bogged down in partisan gridlock. What is your solution, or is that acceptable?
“Andrew Falk has never...never worked in a bipartisan manner. I have spoken on multiple occasions with my State Senator Lyle Koenen. We have agreed to work together toward common sense solutions to challenges within our district.”
Reached by phone on Wednesday, Miller said there is no implication. He said he was referring to a direct conversation he had with Koenen when they encountered each other during a summer parade in Clara City. . . .
Contacted by phone as well, Koenen said he recalls Miller expressing the desire to meet with him to see if they could work together. Koenen said he agreed to do so, but emphasized that no such meeting has occurred.
Koenen said his concern is that the statements about working together could be misconstrued to suggest he is supporting Miller’s candidacy. Koenen said he is actively campaigning on behalf of fellow DFL’er Falk, and campaigning as well for Rep. Mary Sawatzky, DFL-Willmar, in District 17B. He authored a letter to the editor published in today’s edition of the Tribune voicing his support for the two.
Miller continues to claim that he has an agreement with Koenen, but Koenen simply agreed to possibly meet to discuss the possibility. That's a far cry from the "I have spoken on multiple occasions with my State Senator Lyle Koenen. We have agreed to work together toward common sense solutions to challenges within our district" in Miller's voter guide statement.
Koenen is right to be concerned, and it's a good thing that the newspaper is working to clear up the matter.
Like many of the letters to the editor of the West Central Tribune, Koenen's LTE isn't online. We'll post a screenshot of it when we obtain a copy of today's paper.
Photo: Lyle Koenen (left) holds signs for Mary Sawatzky and Andrew Falk in an early summer parade while walking with Falk (third from left) and Sawatzy (fourth from left). Via Facebook.
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