MNGOP Sen. Pratt: Gay marriage ceremony had nothing to do with move to lock Senate doors

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Pratt says the move to lock the Senate doors was political, not personal.
Just as Tuesday's marriage equality bill-signing ceremony was about to begin, a group of MNGOP senators invoked an obscure rule to lock the Senate doors. The upshot was that some gay marriage-supporting senators weren't able to be in attendance for the historic occasion on the Capitol steps.

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But reached for comment today, the MNGOP senator who first proposed locking the doors, Eric Pratt of Prior Lake, said the ceremony had nothing to do it.

"There weren't many senators on the floor at the time, and I thought it was a pretty important point that we were talking about," Pratt said. At the time, the Senate was in the midst of debating a bill to allow child care workers to take unionization votes.

"I thought it was an important enough discussion that everyone who could be should be there," Pratt added.

The next day, Sen. Scott Dibble blasted Pratt and other Republicans for using the locked-door tactic.

During remarks on the Senate floor, Dibble said the MNGOPers  "diminished what was really a remarkable occasion."

"I just wanted to express ... an extreme sense of disappointment at what happened yesterday," he added.

Pratt said he was "completely surprised" and "caught off guard" by Dibble's comments.

"I personally thought the accusation was unfounded," Pratt said. "It had nothing to do with the celebration. A number of senators were excused to attend."

"And my motion was only for the duration of that amendment we were discussing," Pratt continued. "I think [debate on that amendment] took 20 minutes, 15 minutes. In all honesty I wasn't looking at the clock, I was focused on the discussion we were having."

Asked whether he was aware of any instance of that rule being invoked in that past, Pratt said, "I couldn't tell you."

"It's my first year in the Senate and the first time I've done it," he said.

Pratt said he hasn't spoken personally with Dibble since Tuesday, but at this point he considers the issue "resolved."

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webcelt
webcelt

Someone please tell us he comes from a competitive district and might lose the next election.

Shawn Taylor
Shawn Taylor

You know how I know he is lying? He's a politician, oh and because he asked the doors to be locked for the duration of the bill. Whatch the video posted yesterday.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Hypocrites. Its going the same way on the other side. The IRS targeted conservative groups but not in a partisan way. Idiots.  This country needs to be smacked in the face. People are voting b/c of ego, self interest, or misinformation rather than common sense and logic. GOP AND DEMOCRATS.

You people that posted below are all hypocrites unless you call bs on what Obama is doing right now. I did vote for Obama not that it matters b/c I will get irrational arguments from idiots.

Chris Pederson
Chris Pederson

What a bigot. I can't wait until DOMA is overturned.

chris.jonus
chris.jonus

yeah, riiiiight.  pretty crappy timing if it was a cooncidence. NOT

Fred Johnston
Fred Johnston

and Pratt's excuse is ANOTHER line of political BS!!!

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@webcelt He seems to be a very newly-minted politician.  He won his seat (Prior Lake) last fall by a 10.4% margin, or roughly 4200 votes.  He went to high school in Prior Lake, college at Colorado, and has an MBA from St. Thomas.  He's married with 2 kids.  He's been on the Prior Lake School Board.  He's a Finance executive, having work in fraud detection for Target and now doing something seemingly similar for US Bank, where he's a VP.  He only has a 42% ranking from the NRA.  His candidate website is still up, and it isn't covered with total crazy Tea Party stuff.  Seems like what used to be considered a typical Republican, before in Charles Barkley's words "they lost their damn minds."

Short version: doesn't look very vulnerable to me.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@webcelt The Republicans lost every single remotely competitive district last time.  It was a slaughter since they were such a collection of stupid assclowns.  Leaders like this make it possible the DFL would make unheard of inroads into the Republican base however.  

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@k2yebYou are an idiot.  Pretending both sides are bad is what a simpleton moron does.  No side is perfect but only the Republicans crashed the economy, destroyed the city of New Orleans, and fought two pointless wars in the stupidest way possible. 

If you think Obama has done anything as bad as Jack Abramhoff please let me know.  Has Obama killed thousands of people and destroyed an entire city like Bush and the idiot brigade did?  

Finally the stupidest thing you said was about the IRS.   Basically it proves you are a stupid simple poorly informed idiot who has no idea what he is talking about.  During the Bush years Bush used the CIA, FBI, IRS, and federal attorneys to target liberal groups.   Bush used the IRS to target All Saints Episcopal in Pasadena, the NAACP, and Greenpeace because they dared to question Bush.   Finally have you ever read about Valerie Plame you stupid ignoramus?    Perhaps google her and then see if Obama has ever done anything remotely similar to that.   You are a fool and a liar and need to apologize for your incredible ignorance   You should not be allowed to give your opinion in public but sadly in America we don't have any laws saying the very stupid can't give a very stupid opinion.   

LezlieCooterPounder
LezlieCooterPounder

@Chris Pederson You look like one of those fat white bitches who take black cocks up their asses. 

LezlieCooterPounder
LezlieCooterPounder

@MicheleBachmann And stupid people like yourself who allow the Liberal media to brainwash you with their LIES and deception don't deserve to vote much less live.

Onan
Onan

@LezlieCooterPounder  What a well thought out and insightful post.

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