We are the company we keep. So it's no surprise that Congressman John Kline had time to meet personally with George Bush yestarday when he came to Minnesota for fundraising. But ironically, Kline still hasn't met in an open public forum with CD2 voters since early last spring. Kline's avoidance of the general public shouldn't come as a big surprise... given his mentor's behavior:
The Star Tribune’s coverage astutely pointed out that Bush “squeezed in a (15 minute) briefing” on the 35W bridge collapse while “lingering for nearly two hours” at the Eden Prairie fundraiser. That alone illustrates their priorities: raise money for re-elections instead of helping Minnesotans.
If you didn’t see KARE 11’s coverage of Bush’s visit here yesterday to try to raise a million or so bucks for Norm Coleman, click: Norm Coleman walks fine line with Bush fundraiser. Notice that Bush mentions during the video how the MN congressional delegates did a really good job at the end of the session to pass legislation for funding a new bridge. But don't forget that two of those members (Michele Bachmann and John Kline) voted to adjourn before the funding bill. Not only did Congressman John Kline vote to adjourn right before the bill was considered, but he then voted against a resolution to suspend the rules so the emergency aid could be considered.
Coleman and Kline just don’t get it. Minnesotans want representatives who’ll stand up to the special interests and stand up for working families – not puppets that will stand with George W. Bush at private ritzy fundraisers and then vote with Bush over 90% of the time. (Kline has voted with Bu$h over 95% of the time.) Again, we are the company we keep...just ask any Minnesota mother.