State Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, and 16 other legislators sent a letter to Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf Friday, sharing their concerns about the recent decision to suspend special teams coach Mike Priefer.
They contend that the team’s punishment of Priefer, who admitted to making a homophobic statement to former punter Chris Kluwe, was “totally inadequate.” They also called on Wilf to make public the full report of the investigation into Kluwe’s allegations against Priefer.
The Vikings released a summary of the report a week ago. At that time, the team also released a statement from Zygi and Mark Wilf expressing their disappointment in the report’s findings and saying team members will be held accountable.
In the letter, the lawmakers said Priefer’s comment, alleged by Kluwe and corroborated by long snapper Cullen Loeffler, about wanting to “round up all the gays, send them to an island and then nuke it until it glows” was “shockingly out of bounds” and “tantamount to calling for the genocide of all LGBT people.”
“A three, possibly shortened to two, game suspension for Priefer is an underwhelming response,” they wrote. “Imagine if Priefer had called for the extermination of any other group of people – communities of color or religious minorities, for example. It is a safe bet that the rush to sweep the whole subject under the rug would not be so fast.”
Dibble and the other legislators also told Wilf that his organization needs to be held accountable, given the taxpayers’ large contribution to the new Vikings stadium under construction.
The Alliance for a Better Minnesota, a network of DFL groups, unions and wealthy donors, will start running a TV ad this week praising Gov. Mark Dayton’s accomplishments in his first term.
“Four years ago, we faced a five billion dollar deficit and were mired in a deep recession,” The Alliance for a Better Minnesota’s Carrie Lucking wrote in an e-mail. “Now, after four years of strong leadership from Gov. Mark Dayton, we’re seeing some of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. This is a story worth telling, so we made this ad and we need your help spreading the word.”
The ad praises Dayton for turning a state budget deficit into a surplus, spending more money on education and serving at a time when more than 150,000 jobs were created in Minnesota.
Public records show ABM is spending roughly $116,250 on the ad campaign through Aug. 5. The ad comes just weeks after the conservative Freedom Club started running an ad criticizing Dayton’s leadership.
Four Republican candidates are still vying to win their party’s nomination and challenge Dayton in November. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, state Representative Kurt Zellers, businessman Scott Honour and former state Rep. Marty Seifert are running in the Aug. 12 primary.
WASHINGTON – Republican Stewart Mills is calling on TV stations and cable networks to stop running a new attack ad directed at him because it contains “false information” and asserts “blatant lies” about his position on several issues. Mills is challenging DFL U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan in the 8th District.
A spokesman for the House Majority PAC did not respond to an interview request.
“House Majority PAC stands behind the facts presented in the ad,” said Matt Thornton, the group’s communications director.
In a letter to stations, the Mills campaign says, “broadcast licensees have a legal responsibility to review and to eliminate any false, misleading, or deceptive materials contained in advertising. We urge you to stand up for the truth and put a stop to these false attacks on your station.”
“It looks like DC special interests are willing to say whatever it takes to keep Rick Nolan in Washington,” said Mills in a statement.