According to this StarTribune article, a political flyer (PDF) just like are appearing in mailboxes and stuffed in door frames all over the metro hit Burnsville last week and apparently sent Mayor Elizabeth Kautz into a frenzy. Instead of admitting her faults which have ranged from threatening the city’s bond rating she has so proudly proclaimed as her biggest value-add to the city by pushing forward with the Burnsville Performing Arts Center and owning up to the fact that there is now an unnecessary and virtually unused traffic light outside her condo, she has taken the low road and whined that this flyer is illegal instead while utilizing already strained city resources to benefit her campaign.
From the article:
The four-sided flyer that landed in mailboxes all over Burnsville last week criticizes Kautz for supporting the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, for supposedly getting a stoplight placed in front of her downtown condo, for having a business conflict of interest and more. It bears the name of the “Coalition of Better Business in Burnsville,” but the group cannot be found on the Internet and the mailing does not include an address or other identification.
Kautz asked Burnsville City Clerk Macheal Brooks to investigate the mailing for a possible violation of state campaign laws. Brooks said she had determined that the group that sent the mailing would have to register their spending with her at the city within 14 days of spending $750 or more.
While no one at all appreciates any sort of junk mail in their mailboxes or otherwise littering their towns, doorsteps, cars, sides of the road, etc, to attempt to entirely ignore the claims and instead utilize already strained city staff members in a last ditch effort to fight the accusation made in the flyer is disappointing.
As a Burnsville taxpayer and potential vote for Mayor Kautz, do you think she should be wasting her time, the time of the City Clerk and just about everyone else to get to the bottom of something like this? She’s likely to win anyway being that people don’t realize she has been lying since the BPAC opened trying to cover the fact that her precious Arts Center can’t even book a nationally recognizable act like Candlebox when a new bar in a strip mall behind a Cub Foods can do exactly that? Do you believe the cries of Kautz that this was an act christened by Willenburg as a last ditch effort to dethrone the queen? Are you a conspiracy theorist and believe this is an act of Kautz to try and discredit Willenburg because she fears (probably wrongly being that it’s quite unlikely) that he may win this one and damage whatever kickbacks she enjoys as mayor? Do you agree with Kautz that this type of flyer is, “political bullying and malicious,” and shouldn’t be allowed?
Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.