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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Throw Tony "Choo-Choo" Bennett Under the Train!

County Commissioners are a government entity that don't get a lot of front page play in the mainstream media but their actions have a huge impact on our pocket books and way of life. They account for a large portion of our property tax assessments and have their fingers into many aspects of our daily living including funding for roads, bridges, and transit as well as numerous regulatory powers. All too often these people end up running unopposed and most voters have never heard of them.

Unfortunately the Ramsey County board is filled with a bunch of central-command-and-control social planner liberals. The only "Republican" on the board (as he constantly reminds us ad nauseum) is Tony "Choo-Choo" Bennett, a big-government RINO who seems to have never met a transit boondoggle or tax (or raise in his own pay, for that matter) he didn't like.

Fortunately this time around "Choo-Choo" is being challenged by a Conservative by the name of Jim Schottmuller. Jim promises to bring some sorely needed Conservative common sense and fiscal restraint to the board.

The following is from the welcome page on Jim's campaign site http://www.jimschottmuller.org:
Dear Friends:

This election year began with record-breaking attendance for Minnesota caucuses - a remarkable feat to see citizens getting actively involved in the political process. While witnessing the "voter revival" at our local caucus, I was amazed and inspired at the number of citizens that shared my hope for better representation. After considerable family discussions and prayerful consideration, I am excited to announce my candidacy for Ramsey County Commissioner - District 1. As a concerned citizen and tax payer, I hope to earn your support and vote on election day - Tuesday, November 4, 2008.

The economy is in a sensitive state, and the rising price of food and fuel has affected us all. We've had to decide how to cut or better manage spending at home. Regardless, our current commissioners continue to approve extensive spending, losing propositions and increased taxation.

Clearly, "living within our means" is not the current Board strategy. Perhaps the economic challenges are not apparent to the Board because they voted (6 to 1) in April 2007 to increase their own pay by an astronomical 25%!

Property tax revenue has increased 22% since 2006 (primarily due to home valuations/property taxes increasing), and projections show another 5% increase in 2009. In this economic state, why does our county continue to raise and spend such a significant amount of funds?

As a member of the Board of Commissioners, I intend to adopt the following agenda:
  • Expose wasteful government spending
  • Reduce current spending levels and property taxes
  • Oppose any new taxes or tax increases
  • Identify leading counties and adopt best practices
  • Increase opportunities for resident involvement
I will make every effort to end this cycle of unbridled taxing and spending. I am a passionate citizen with new ideas that is focused on financial accountability, experienced with operational budgets, and committed to collaborating with citizens to build and maintain a community of which we can all be proud.

I welcome your questions and concerns and humbly ask that you support my candidacy. Together we can influence the direction of the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners. Thank you in advance for your friendship, generous support and prayers. God bless!


Jim Schottmuller
Mr. Schottmuller's candidacy has given us a rare opportunity to remove a RINO from the Board who is virtually indistinguishable from a DFLer. He summed things up rather nicely in a comment to a previous post on this blog:
Just a little food for thought, there were 684 votes from January 2007 to April 2008. Tony Bennett, the "only republican on the board" as he likes to say, voted 3 (THREE) times in the minority. Way to stand up for your principals Tony!
Amen, brother Jim!

Please spread the word and support Jim's campaign and get as many people as possible in Ramsey District 1 to get out and vote for Jim to replace Tony the RINO. All of us who reside in Ramsey County will be better off for it.

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Blogger Force50 said...

Don't forget about Jan "Giddy" Parker in District 2 I believe. I call her giddy because she was jumping for joy at the chance to raise the sales tax a quarter percent in Ramsey County. She needs a conservative challenger.

6/10/2008 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Bennett is standing up for his principles, which makes it even more compelling to run his sorry butt out of his seat.

Jim has my vote and support.

6/10/2008 2:22 PM  

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