Team Seifert Misleads – He Did Vote Green When It Was Cool
Marty Seifert’s pick for his Lt. Governor fired off an attack email last night for the campaign in which she misleads people about a huge difference between Tom Emmer and Marty Seifert.
-Marty Seifert has been completely opposed to taxpayer funding for professional sports stadiums. In 2005, when the Republican leadership in the House pushed for a tax increase on Hennepin County residents, Marty stood up for taxpayers and supported an amendment to require a referendum so that Hennepin County residents could vote on the tax increase. Unfortunately, Representative Tom Emmer opposed this amendment.
The truth: Rep. Emmer voted against that amendment because he thought that no public servant in the Legislature would dare vote for a tax increase bill that denied the citizens their rightful vote. Rep. Emmer was astonished to find many Republicans and Democrats didn’t share his beliefs. And of course Rhonda stops short at mentioning that Emmer voted against the final bill. But the details can undermine these sort of attacks.
I’d also like to discuss an issue that I’ve been asked about on the campaign trail regarding energy costs. I’m disappointed to hear about emails which have been circulating that clearly misrepresent Marty’s position. Like me, Marty opposes “cap and trade” legislation. Over the past few years, DFL legislators have introduced “cap and trade” legislation which Marty has consistently opposed (you can view an example here, with the roll call vote here)
That one is the coup d‘état for me. Seifert did vote for a Midwest Cap & Trade bill. More so, he took to the House Floor and said “it was a good bill”.
All you have to do is look at what was in that bill.
Subd. 4. Renewable energy credits. (a) To facilitate compliance with this section,
5.6the commission, by rule or order, may shall establish by January 1, 2008, a program
5.7for tradable renewable energy credits for electricity generated by an eligible energy
Seifert voted for that bill. He can say he is against any form of Cap & Trade now, but he not only voted for a bill that mandated a system be designed for trading renewable energy credits, but he urged others to do so.
Look, the fact is a lot of very bad Green Laws passed the last couple years and unfortunately, Rep. Seifert was on the wrong side of some of those battles.
A bad law that is now on the books.
CHAPTER 136–S.F.No. 145 An act relating to energy; modifying and adding provisions relating to energy
efficiency and conservation, energy savings and audits, energy projects
and information, residential energy requirements, a nuclear energy study,
community-based energy development and related issues, the reliability
administrator, an electricity resource assessment, wind energy conversion
systems and authority of counties, greenhouse gas emissions and renewable
energy standards; requiring studies; making technical and clarifying changes;
amending Minnesota Statutes [...]
Here’s the actual; law for the SF4 that Seifert is praising in the video above.
Again, Seifert voted FOR – Emmer voted AGAINST
Hey, Seifert recently became aware of what most of us have known all along. Global Warming is a scam. I’m glad he has now realized that and hope he continues to vote against these sorts of things. But I will not sit back and let him or his running mate mislead people about the truth of what he actually did do in the past.
Look, we all know he carried a bunch of water for Governor Green Jeans Pawlenty over the years. He got hosed by the big guy on this one. Just admit that. Part of a great politician is a humble one who can admit when they are wrong, like the vote on the Twins’ Stadium I mentioned above. Emmer got that one wrong, he admits it.