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Mary Kiffmeyer: Definitely A Pattern, Here

by Dan Burns on October 22, 2010 · 1 comment

MN State Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer (R-Big Lake), who was Minnesota Secretary of State from 1997-2007, got busted for allegedly violating a campaign statute as part of her current reelection bid.

An administrative law judge has determined there is probable cause to move a campaign complaint against Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, to a hearing before a three-judge panel that will decide whether she committed a misdemeanor.

The complaint, filed by Sherburne County DFL chair Wes Gadsden, alleged that Kiffmeyer broke a state law when she failed to include a disclaimer on an informational piece that was paid for with campaign funds and distributed with the West Sherburne Tribune.

Not a huge deal, in and of itself, but it’s part of a pattern, including:

–  efforts at voter intimidation and disenfranchisement;  and

–  lying about her involvement in a bank failure.

Presumably because of her diminutive physique, religiosity-on-her-sleeve bearing, and hardscrabble background, Kiffmeyer’s been handed a lot of breaks during her political career.  As Secretary of State, she was fathoms – nay, leagues – out of her depth, and, as the diaries linked above indicate, it’s been downhill since then.  There are plenty of religious people in politics that do respect both the law, and others’ rights.  If she insists on sticking around in public life, she needs to do a 180 and become one of them.


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