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BLOG: Join Congressman John Kline in Supporting Paul Tuschy for Minnesota House of Representatives

You have stood with Congressman John Kline and have entrusted him to serve you in Washington, and now he is asking you to support Paul Tuschy for Minnesota House.

Every now and then, someone steps up to run for political office who doesn't have the pedigree that one would expect a politician to have. Some people might say that if you weren't born into a political powerhouse family, you have no business running for office. Even more might say, "how dare you challenge the status quo", and "who do you think you are?"

Paul Tuschy is running for Minnesota House because he believes in a Minnesota where the people are more powerful than the government.

Paul grew up on a farm and learned what hard work and dedication is. His parents taught him how to save money and how to work for an honest living. They taught him that you stand up when you see something that is not right. Paul is standing up now, for residents in House District 52B, and he has the support of a strong principled man that residents, especially in Inver Grove Heights, have supported for the past decade: Congressman John Kline.

Every election cycle, Congressman John Kline enjoys victories in Inver Grove Heights of 60%+, yet Representative Joe Atkins also enjoys large margins of victory. While Joe is a nice guy by many peoples admission on both sides of the political spectrum, Joe's record does not reflect that he is working for Minnesotans and certainly does not reflect a desire to allow the people of Minnesota to hold the power.

Congressman Kline recently said of Paul Tuschy, "We need leaders like Paul in the State Legislature who will be committed to reducing the size and scope of government and empowering workers and job creators."

I ask you to consider, as you make your way to the polls, what you want your government to look like. If you are looking for more of the same ole' government as usual, then yes, by all means, vote for Joe. His record, which he conveniently hides from the public except for the same ole' fluffy mantra that he presents every cycle (with the same recycled lit pieces) does little to nothing to explain his voting record.

However, if you are ready to change the status quo, and have your voice heard, I ask you to vote for Paul Tuschy. 

You have stood with Congressman John Kline and have entrusted him to serve you in Washington, and now he is asking you to support Paul Tuschy for Minnesota House.

Please take a moment to listen to Congressman Kline and why he believes it is important to elect Paul Tuschy as your next member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from HD52B: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Bq6v-HpsXk&feature=youtu.be

Paul is ready to represent you in St. Paul. Please support Paul Tuschy on election day as you partake in your civic priviledge of voting. To find your polling location, so you can cast your vote for Paul Tuschy, please visit http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

Respectfully,
Mark J. Westpfahl
Inver Grove Heights, Precinct 5

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Daisy Chene November 06, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I've always voted for Congressman Kline. He is a great man. His endorsement means A LOT to me. Thank you for sharing this important information!
Al Tate November 06, 2012 at 06:50 PM
These endorsements should hold no value. It's just the buddy system, one Republican cozying up to another Republican. It's the same for Democrats. They will endorse their Democrat buddy. No Republican or Democrat will endorse someone from a competing party, that would go across party lines. They all gang up and support their party and focus more on the party needs than the issues or the people. It's the same for Democrats and Republicans. It's a worthless PR ploy used by campaigns. Mark as a teacher of this to children, I should hope you realize that.
Mark J. Westpfahl November 06, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Al, I am on my duty free lunch, so I feel comfortable in responding to your comment. Yes, I am a teacher, of 7th and 8th grade American History and World Geography Students. I have made that clear in many blog posts and when I was running for, and was elected to, School Board last year. If you were to ask my students, they have NO idea who I am voting for. That is the way it should be in the classroom. We should not use our position of authority to influence impressionable school children on our political views. However, this is a different type of forum, which allows adults to communicate their ideas with other adults. I would hope that each individual would consider for themselves who matches up to their personal beliefs and values. I always encourage voters to research candidates and reach out to them if there is a position that you don't agree with or understand, so that they can better comprehend why the candidate has positioned themselves in a particular way. (Part 1)
Mark J. Westpfahl November 06, 2012 at 07:09 PM
(Part 2) You mentioned said, "No Republican or Democrat will endorse someone from a competing party, that would go across party lines." I would argue that is not always the case. If you look to see who one of the first persons to endorse me, you would see that the Wisconsin Chief of Staff for Democrat Congressman Ron Kind endorsed my run, despite the fact I was a declared Republican. He knows me, and my family, as he was the principal during my elementary years (He taught or was principal for my brothers and me for 17 years.), and knew that I woudl be up to the task of putting education before politics. The comparison I was making is that the community of Inver Grove Heights votes for Congressman Kline for any number of reasons and that Congressman Kline agrees that Paul Tuschy would make a wonderful Representative. Thank you, Mark J. Westpfahl
Al Tate November 06, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Thanks Mark. You seem like a stand up guy so I didn't think you would be teaching that to your students. And thanks for your feedback and examples, those are all valid points rebuffing my theory. My opinion is still that these endorsements all seems like one crony endorsing another crony to benefit their own party needs. I'll stand by that theory in the majority of cases and especially this one, no matter what party. That's my opinion, which everyone has the right to disagree with. Thanks for your efforts to the school board and for teaching our kids.

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