It’s been the worst kept secret that Gov. Dayton is the best governor Big Labor’s money could buy. When Sen. Parry criticized Gov. Dayton for being bought and paid for by union money, Gov. Dayton lost his temper. This article says that Sen. Parry has it exactly right:
Minnesota State Senator Mike Parry (R-Waseca) recently caused a stir with strong accusations against Governor Mark Dayton. “It’s no secret that the labor unions helped buy the Governor’s Office for Mark Dayton. He began to return the favor, most recently by trying to help unionize some of Minnesota’s in-home, private child care providers,” said Parry in a fundraising letter.
Sen. Parry’s allegations elicited a strong reaction from Dayton, who called it “inaccurate and deeply offensive.” A review of the facts, however, shows that the real reason the governor is so upset: the truth hurts.
Since 2005, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have been trying to organize child care providers Minnesota. Associated Press found that AFSCME wrote a $125,000 check to Gov. Dayton’s Recount Fund once restrictive campaign contribution limits ceased. Combined AFSCME and SEIU PACs contributed $14,000 to Dayton during his campaign. The Minnesota Family Council calculates that Big Labor stands to gain up to $3.3 million a year in dues from unionizing child care providers.
Wouldn’t you like to make a one-time investment of $139,000, then get an annual return of $3,300,000 for the forseeable future? Wouldn’t anyone?
Gov. Dayton, We The People find it highly offensive that the special interests have bought preferential treatment from you. Whatever happened to government of, by and for the People? Were they sacrificed at the altar of Mark Dayton’s Political Legacy? Are you that neurotic? Are you that corrupt?
It’s important that we remember what AFSCME is willing to do:
Last month, Dawn Bobo, owner of Village Dollar Store in Union Grove, Wis., was asked to display a pro-union sign in her window. Ms. Bobo, a self- described conservative Republican, refused and received a letter from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees asking her to reconsider.
“Failure to do so will leave us no choice but do [sic] a public boycott of your business,” the letter said.
AFSCME are the thugs that threaten businesses if they don’t support AFSCME’s causes. Not only did AFSCME tell Ms. Bobo to put their sign in her shop’s window. They said that staying neutral wasn’t an option. That’s the personification of union thuggery.
A more troubling question must be asked. Does Gov. Dayton represent public employee unions or does he represent the people of Minnesota? At this point, it’s apparent that Gov. Dayton represents the public employee unions and his other major contributors first.
That’s distressing to say the least.