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Minnesota lawmaker chooses integrity

Timothy Kincaid

May 3rd, 2013

From CBS Minnesota:

A freshman Democratic state representative from a socially conservative district said Friday that he’d support the bill to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota, a key pickup for supporters as votes on the issue get closer at the Capitol.

Rep. Joe Radinovich, of Crosby, had been undecided. He said he decided more than a decade ago that he personally supports letting same-sex couples legally marry, but was conflicted knowing that many residents of his Brainerd-area district are more skeptical.

“This was not an easy decision, but at the end of the day I’d rather protect my integrity than my job,” Radinovich told The Associated Press. The 27-year-old lawmaker won his seat by just 323 votes last fall.

I believe that by the time he runs again, this vote will likely not cost him. However, we can’t know that so he’s showing courage today. And regardless of the outcome, he gets to hold his head high.

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Bose in St. Peter MN
May 3rd, 2013 | LINK

It’s sweet that he’s barely a year past launching his first campaign, a few months into serving, and taking a principled stand.

Even if this one vote plays a role in denying him re-election, it will work in his favor again before long in whatever leadership role he fights for.

We recently had a special election to fill a vacated state house seat in which both candidates had been politically active in the 80s. The Democrat hadn’t run for office since 1984; the GOPer served an 80s stint of being more Bachmann-esque in the state house than Bachmann herself later. (Yeah, that didn’t go well for mini-Bachmann.)

Radinovich has set the stage for playing a long-term role in MN, regardless what happens in Nov. 2014.

Ray
May 4th, 2013 | LINK

The Rep from Brainard? That’s the setting for the movie “Fargo”.

Sheriff Marge: Yep.

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