Rep. Kathy Tinglestad (R-49B, Andover area) is in her sixth term. As is true of all Representatives, she is up for reelection this fall. Saturday, February 23, was the endorsing convention for 49B. "So what?" you may ask, "Why should we in Chisago County be interested in that?" For starters, her vote in the House affects us; it determines state law.
(To emphasize this point I just received a response to an e-mail I sent, thanking Rep. Sondra Erickson for voting against the transportation bill. This is her response: "Thank you. We all represent all the people of the state. Sondra Erickson, State Representative District 16A." Thank you for thinking of the taxpayers in the whole state!)
Specifically, as noted in the previous post, Tinglestad voted for the transportation bill and against the taxpayers of Minnesota. She still can also vote to sustain the Governor’s veto of that bill.
On Saturday, her constituents refused to endorse her. Also read this at Minnesota Democrats Exposed. Be sure to read the few dozen comments to get a flavor of the response to Tinglestad’s vote which lead to their refusal to endorse.
Rep. Neil Peterson (R-41B, Bloomington), Rep. Rod Hamilton (R-22B, Mountain Lake), and Rep. Ron Erhardt (R-41A, Edina area), all of whom voted for the transportation bill, face their endorsing conventions over the next two weekends. The grassroots delegates may very well treat them the same way as they did Tinglestad.