If you want verification of a core truth about Wabasha County politics, check out the half-page ad in this week's edition of the Wabasha County Herald.
It was paid for by the Teamsters Local No. 320, which represents county sheriff's employees, and it calls Wabasha County Commissioner Deb Roschen, who has dared to raise questions about county spending, a "pig at the trough" regarding health care coverage. It complains about her receiving county health care and dental care -- presumably the same plan that covers county employees -- and personalizes it to her, when other county board members receive the same benefits.
The ad also ties her to the Association for Government Accountability, the citizens group that has taken on county spending (including the sheriff's Safe Driving Classes), which Roschen says she's no longer affiliated with.
I can't remember anything like this type of grotesque attack ad regarding an elected county official that's been published or aired in our area. Just my opinion, but it's totally irresponsible to accept attack ads of this kind.
And as irony would have it, Roschen was among board members who voted in 2012 to eliminate health care benefits for county board members. When a new board majority took over last year -- Don Springer (now the chairman, and a key figure in the recall effort that was launched against Roschen in 2011 and dismissed by the Minnesota Supreme Court), Rich Hall and Mike Wobbe -- just about their first order of business was to reinstate health care for board members.
So -- why does the Teamsters local (which, by the way, is based in Minneapolis) smack Roschen in this ad? You tell me.
The underlying truth is, the unions that represent Wabasha County public employees are a key driver in the battles now going on in the Wabasha County board room.