The Rochester Tea Party Patriots are none too happy with the bonding bill that Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem has crafted. In a weekly email newsletter, the group blasts the Republican leader for proposing a $496 million public works construction bill. Here's the entry. It should be noted that the group got their math wrong. It is nearly a half a billion dollar bill — not trillion.
"Have you read the latest this week about the $496,000,000 bonding bill in the P-B? *That's right, nearly A HALF TRILLION DOLLARS.* Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem rolled out a bonding bill Wednesday morning that was *nearly twice the size of a House proposal* unveiled last week which includes Rochester Mayo Civic Center and St Cloud Civic Center. As you recall, a poll was taken by the P-B previously which showed that Rochester was AGAINST this being part of the bonding bill. And, now one of our very own "supporters" who represent our values does a 180 at the last minute."
The poll the group is citing is an unscientific poll on the Post-Bulletin's web site about bonding for the Mayo Civic Center expansion. In the e-newsletter, the group goes on to say, "Today more than ever we need leaders who have integrity and do what they say, not what they wish to do to gain favor of their counterparts and special interest groupies. November 2010 was a big upset for the Democrats. If our representatives continue to pander and play in the middle, it could be an interesting election THIS November. Stay tuned with more about the Etch-A-Sketch politicians."
Despite the Rochester Tea Party's anger, the big question is if there are any other conservatives who plan to challenge Senjem for the party's endorsement. I haven't heard of any. A date for the Republican Senate District 25 endorsing convention has yet to be set.