Posted: 05/29/08 05:58
by Dave Mindeman
Dennis Ozment has been a Republican representative for District 37B (comprising Apple Valley and Rosemount) for over 2 decades. He is one of the few legislators who could bridge the partisan chasm that has developed in the legislature.
This year was his last. He is retiring.
The local newspaper characterized his farewell speech in this manner:
Ozment, whose name is a watchword of bipartisanship, in his farewell speech, (he) spoke of the need for vigorous floor debate, but cautioned lawmakers to be careful about what they say. Harsh words that would have haunted a House members for days are now routinely and unflinchingly uttered, warned Ozment.
?We?re all the same team,? he advised the House.
The moderate and bipartisan legacy of Rep. Ozment was tossed aside by the local GOP. They endorsed Judy Lindsay as their choice to succeed him.
Lindsay embraces "harsh words". She relishes division. She is the voice of intolerance. Ozment did not endorse her candidacy. In fact, he warned local officials that endorsing her would be a problem for the party.
But despite his cautionary warnings, Lindsay moves into the fall election cycle, ready to destroy 2 decades of accomplishment and respect.
"Harsh words" will be the hallmark of Judy Lindsay. Her legacy as a District 196 school board member clearly shows that the tradition of Dennis Ozment will not be carried forward....at least not by the standard bearer of his own party.
District 37B has thanked Rep. Ozment for his service. He represented the area well and with honor. It is too bad his own party's choice to succeed him would be, if elected, the very thing he warned his colleagues against.