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Kurt Zellers: Leader? No. Cheap Shot Artist? You Betcha

Category: Kurt Zellers
Posted: 11/11/13 00:50

by Dave Mindeman

Kurt Zellers criticized Governor Dayton for a "lack of leadership" in the proposed release of a sex offender.

Trouble is...it is Zellers' lack of leadership that has put Minnesota into this fix.

We have a problem with procedures on sex offenders. We have jail cells filling up with people involved in this type of criminal behavior and we have no logical plan to resolve their sentencing.

We don't have a fool proof system that tells us when they can return to society (if at all) but we can't keep them locked up forever -- it is not an offense designated for a lifetime sentence. How we resolve this is going to be a long term issue and it will require leadership.

Zellers isn't providing it.

Sure, its easy to say keep them locked up. Nobody is comfortable with releasing a known sex offender back to society. But if they have served the designated sentence, how can we continue to hold them indefinitely?

Zellers didn't offer any solutions - he just took the easy politically expedient method of criticizing the system. A system that he accepted and did not change with when he had the chance as Speaker of the House.

Governor Dayton called him on it when Zellers made his oh so public announcement of how Dayton was going to let this person back on the street. Dayton's chief of staff stated it this way in a letter:

The law also specifies procedures and criteria for the consideration of his eventual release into a controlled and carefully supervised setting. This law and its procedures were also left untouched by then-Speaker Zellers. In fact, after both DFL and Republican Senators voted last spring to make changes recommended by an expert panel, and the House DFL Caucus indicated its willingness to proceed with bi-partisan support, Rep. Zellers' Republican Caucus adamantly refused to support any of those changes.

Yes, Attorney General Lori Swanson can challenge that release. She has the legal authority and probably should make certain that all avenues have been properly vetted.

But Dayton is not arguing with the Attorney General.....he is only letting the recommendations of the review board move ahead. That is not a "lack of leadership"....that is following the law which the legislature put on the books. A law that Speaker Zellers wouldn't touch or "lead" on when he had the chance.

Zellers likes to use the "cheap shot". It's his style. He wouldn't lead on the Vikings Stadium and he wouldn't lead on the sex offender issue. All Zellers can do, I guess, is stand aside and criticize others when they make the tough decisions.

He doesn't seem to be able to make any of those tough ones himself.
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Ford
11/11/13 17:35
Zellers is a classic modern politician. Political science should remain a specialty reserved for professors, not politicians. A poly sci major means you know how to spin the media, distort the truth without actually telling a lie, and get elected by destroying your opponent.

Minnesota, America, and the world, needs people who actually know how things work. How commerce does business. People tried in the crucible of the public marketplace where real people live and work every day.

Zellers is nothing but another tool to be exploited by those willing to expend the treasure to get him elected. Zellers should drop out of the race.

My advice to Comrade Kurt would be to go get a real job. Go figure out how to be of value to the neighborhood and society before trying to run the place. No poly-sci professor is smart enough to endow any pupil of the political craft with the smarts it takes to run a lemonade stand, much less our complicated culture.

 

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