I appreciate this final opportunity by ECM papers to respond to claims made in the District 39 State Senate race.
Misleading attacks by the State GOP Party and special interest groups in the deluge of negative literature against me. I have an outstanding — and business-organization-recognized — record of achievement on job creation. But don’t take my word for it, read on.
When their organization’s PAC endorsed me in 2010, Mike Hickey, state executive director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) said the following: “Rep. Bunn has stood strong for small business on many key votes… She voted against a large tax increase several times in our already high tax state, supported legislation to expand the Small Employer Flexible Benefit Plan Law to more small businesses, and, importantly, individuals, and opposed a measure to raise the cost of Health Savings Account plans to mention a few. She is very concerned about small business and improving the Minnesota business climate and that is much appreciated.” (Sept. 18, 2010, endorsement letter).
Both NFIB and the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Fund endorsed me after each of the two terms I served in the Minnesota House and the NFIB twice awarded me their “Guardian of Small Businesses” award. These are the facts.
False claim implied by Housley: In her closing statement at Oct. 24 Gazette forum, Housley stated that she was endorsed by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune. In the context of a Bunn-Housley race in the general election, this statement is false. The Star Tribune has not made an endorsement in this general election race.
On Aug. 5, 2012, the Star Tribune newspaper did evaluate candidates running in the GOP primary for state Senate, including in District 39. You can view this at http://www.startribune.com/opinion/editorials/164941136.html?refer=y.
As you will read, their nod to Housley in the GOP primary was tepid at best, stating, “it’s not an enthusiastic one.” Moreover, it related concerns about Housley’s knowledge and “need to bone up.” Further, it suggested that voters should look at Housley’s opponent in the general election, stating that Julie Bunn “warrants their consideration.”
Editor’s Note: Democrat Julie Bunn is running against Housley for the state Senate District 39 seat.