Senate Majority Leader-elect Bakk responds dismissively to pro-marriage equality email

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Bakk apparently isn't keen to engage those critical of his conservative stance on gay marriage.
In response to our Friday post -- "Majority Leader-elect Bakk: 'Some real liberal constituencies' pushing marriage equality bill" -- regular City Pages reader Bob Alberti decided to email the DFL's Senate leader and give him a piece of his mind later that day.

SEE ALSO: Marriage Equality for Minnesota Now! petition approaching 4,000 signatures

But the dismissive reply Alberti received to his pro-marriage equality message prompted him to share the correspondence with us.

Our Friday post centered on comments Bakk made last week in a West Central Tribune report. According to the Tribune's Don Davis, Bakk said he is fighting the elimination of Minnesota's law banning gay marriage.

"We are getting some calls from some real liberal constituencies on the gay marriage issue and repealing the language in statute," Bakk said.

Those remarks prompted this email from Alberti to Bakk's official Senate email account:
I was disappointed to read your comments in the West Central Tribune regarding MN DOMA.

I object to your characterization of anti-DOMA advocates as "real liberal." Using "liberal" as an epithet is an artifact of right-wing framing. Being "liberal" is not bad, and using Republican insults against those in your own party is inappropriate for a Democratic party leader.

Your characterization is also insulting to the voters. Minnesota's historic rejection of the Marriage Restriction Amendment was not accomplished by some "liberal" fringe, it was accomplished by greater than a majority of all voters in the state. If anything, your refusal to consider repealing DOMA would place you in the MINORITY in a state which has clearly indicated that such homophobic legislation is overdue for repeal.

Finally, your implied false choice that we cannot both repeal DOMA and accomplish other goals is incorrect. I believe "we can walk and chew gum at the same time." Repealing DOMA does not require a lot of time or work. Crafting legislation explicitly extending marriage rights to same-sex couples might require extensive effort, but DOMA can be repealed with a one-sentence bill, and defining marriage rights legislation left for a future legislature.

The momentum provided by the election and DFL legislative control of state congress are opportunities not to be squandered. The mandate provided the upcoming legislature by voters who successfully blocked the Marriage Restriction Amendment is clear. Timidity in the exercise of power at such a unique moment in history will not be forgiven.

-Bob Alberti
Minneapolis
And here's Bakk's response:
I do not have a clue what you are referring to But if this is intended
for me it is a poor way to lobby the senate leader on an issue important
to you
Have a good weekend

Sent from my iPhone
Tom
A second email from Alberti to Bakk didn't receive a reply.

Makes you wonder -- if sending an email to Bakk's official Senate account is "a poor way to lobby the senate leader," what alternative does the Majority Leader-elect prefer? Similarly baffling is Bakk's "I do not have a clue what you are referring to" comment, as Alberti's email is certainly clear enough. Maybe he's implying the Tribune misquoted him? Marriage equality supporters can only hope.



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11 comments
keithkam19
keithkam19

Equal treatment under the law being brushed off as coming from mere "real liberal constituencies". Yeah, the same "real liberal constituencies" who pushed for racial and gender equality and the same backwards neanderthals such as Bakk who are against such a thing because it's not popular enough to his liking in current times. Total political tool: that's all of  Bakk's existence in three succinct words.

keny1
keny1

When can I marry my dog?  We both love each other and we were "born this way".

marevitals
marevitals

Tom Bakk doesn't read e-mails....the only way to lobby him is with hamburgers.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

What an asshole.  If you care about gay marriage please call your reps and complain about Majority Leader Bakk's arrogant and stupid attitude.   Seriously, how is this idiot in charge?   What kind of fool is so rude and dismissive of their base?   This arrogance is why the Republicans got their asses kicked and I can't believe he hasn't learned his lesson.     This attitude is showing that Senator Bakk isn't prepared for a leadership position in the MN house.  Please annoy the shit out of Bakk with questions and stories Rupar. 

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

The author of that e-mail to Bakk is an excellent writer.. and also QUITE handsome!

NorthernMNer
NorthernMNer

@lawremipsum Exactly. This man went into *politics* -- and he can't seem to write a basic email without causing offense FFS.

marevitals
marevitals

I married Keny1 at a drive in movie theater.  We ate buttered popcorn and gave eachother handy's. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@keny1 Wouldn't your dog want to marry someone smart and fun to be with?    I doubt anyone would want to marry a bigot idiot loser like you. 

lawremipsum
lawremipsum

.@NorthernMNer It was an innocuous email from a constituent, too, as far as they go. Well reasoned & measured. Merits a substantive reply.

NorthernMNer
NorthernMNer

@lawremipsum Bingo. Or if he is that brusque by nature (never met that man) delegate to a more...diplomatic assistant. Surely he has one.

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