As ground breaks, conservatives try to turn Vikings stadium into political pitfall for Dayton

Conservatives are trying to turn what should be one of the proudest days of the Mark Dayton administration into a political landmine.

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Dayton, of course, was one of the biggest backers of the new Vikings stadium as it worked its way through the legislative process last year. But as ground is broken on the stadium today, the Minnesota Jobs Coalition is distributing a release calling on Minnesotans to punish Dayton for pushing the stadium.

The release, entitled "Mark Dayton Fumbles on the Vikings Stadium Deal," breaks its criticism of Dayton's support for the stadium into three parts -- the e-pulltab debacle, controversy about expensive personal seat licenses, and the damage Dayton has done to the state's reputation as he's mocked by the national media for getting suckered by Zygi Wilf and company.

"As Mark Dayton dons a hard hat today to break ground for the new Vikings stadium, it's important to highlight Dayton's fumbles on the Vikings stadium," Ben Golnik, chairman of the Jobs Coalition, says in the release. "Next year, Minnesotans may give Dayton a four year penalty at the ballot box."

That remains to be seen, but polling conducted in September did indicate Dayton's approval rating took a bit of a hit since the spring of 2012 as the stadium deal kept winding up in the news for negative reasons.

That said, separate polling conducted in late October found that Dayton still had at least a 10-point lead over any of the leading Republicans who are vying to run against him next year. Of course, some of those Republicans -- Julie Rosen and Kurt Zellers, to name two -- either supported the stadium bill or at least were publicly conflicted about their stance.

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Padre Pienbique
Padre Pienbique

Too bad, it's here. We can all stop bitching and moaning now.

Doug Mulville
Doug Mulville

The stadium has been a horrible plan regardless of who was pushing it. Whether it was Kriesel in the legislature or Dayton in the big chair doesnt matter. This has been a collossal ripoff since its inception with Rybak, Mondale, Bagley, Dayton, and most importantly the Star Trib pushing it down our throats. To build this ugly ass monstrosity for a league that runs as a non profit, that probably will not be in business at all in 20 years is repugnant. Screw the partisanship, give me my money back!

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

As much as I think Dayton screwed up on this deal, it's not enough to get to me to vote for a Republican't.

Matt Touchette
Matt Touchette

The question remains, and always will, could we have kept them here by spending less money? I personally think the answer is yes. It is unlikely that the league would have let the Vikings leave MN, given our rivalry's with the other NFC North teams and the relatively poor deals (at least in the eye's of the NFL) being proposed in LA.

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

When football season is over they could use the stadium for Mass Gay Weddings, and other stuff that really matters.

Melissa Niederkorn
Melissa Niederkorn

Interesting that the new Minneapolis Mayor Elect was one of the few on the city council that was opposed to the stadium. Doesn't that say something about what the people may have wanted rather than what big business wanted?

HillbillyBob
HillbillyBob

The Liberal Media, once again trying to shift focus away from the Banghazi Scandal.  Flush that turd back to Kenya!  #NorthDakotaRules

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

And shame on Dayton and the DFL if the Vikings walk. It sucks: pro sports franchises bring in cash and jobs, and now the ownership groups of these teams want a cut of that on the front end via stadium deals. Welcome to America. It's your country.

Should Dayton have gotten a better deal from the Wilfs? Sure. But it ain't the first time our governor sold us short. We should be receiving a fat cut of casino profits from the Indians, but that ain't happening thanks to Perpich. 

If the brain trust running this state would just create a state-owned casino to fund the stadium, all would be right with Minnesota. With the exception of the increase in compulsive gambling, but don't let that put the brakes on gambling now. When every bar in our state has some form of gambling, the cat is out of the bag! 

#TweetsAreYours


Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

Yea , those bastard republicans , thinking the people should vote on important issues.

Reier Erickson
Reier Erickson

Dave Anderson... because Football has so few games, they bring little money into the coffers...

edkohler
edkohler

I could have sworn that a MN GOP senator (Rosen) and a MN GOP representative (Lanning) authored the stadium bills that Dayton eventually signed. And, the ridiculous financing through e-pulltabs scheme was authored by the MN GOP's John Kriesel.

Perhaps the MN Corporate Welfare Coalition is trying to revise history a bit?

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

It's not just conservatives that hate the idea. The Twin Cities is no longer as libtardy as you want it to be. Check yourselves.

Dave Anderson
Dave Anderson

I'm over both parties and tired of finger pointing in this state and country. Instead I'll be voting against anyone that voted against stadium funding that almost cost us (another) major sports team. The North Stars leaving cost the state/city much more in the long run. Minnesota Vikings are good for businesses, state tax revenue, the list goes on. It's a smart business decision to keep them here.

Luke Rohde
Luke Rohde

They won't need to try very hard. This whole thing has been a disaster. It doesn't matter what party was in power when it happened, it would have gone through, and would have been a disaster.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Padre Pienbique  

...

...

...for now.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Doug Mulville You had me until "non profit."


Quoi?

_Joe_
_Joe_

@MNjoe  Instant run-off voting baby!  If he were at the city level, we could vote him out (or back in if a good candidate were not viable) without risking a rep douchbag candidate.

Srsly think Dayton needs to be primary'd though.  I voted for Margaret Anderson-Kelliher first and would again.  Dayton has only pushed me further away during his tenure.  He lacks the proper mindset to be gov of MN.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Eric Shawn Smith 

I was going to shame you about buttfucking your best buddy, but then I realized there's nothing shameful about it.  Old habits die hard.

Buttfuck on my friend.  Buttfuck on.

tweedsRkewl
tweedsRkewl

@TweetsAreYours thank you so much for welcoming to america, my country. if only people as friendly, welcoming and super duper smart as you were in office mn and america would be so much better off. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Shayne O'Neil That's right - Republican'ts got us a vote on the Marriage Amendment and the Voting Restriction Amendment but not on this. Bunch of hypocritical lying bastards.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Dave Anderson A billionaire owner who pays his players multi-millions and is part of a multi-mega-billion dollar league can afford to build his own stadium and not put it on the back of MN taxpayers.  That's the point here. Dave. 

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

I wish all the sports teams would leave.   They are just a load.   I know, the welfare / section 8 have their entitlements, so you sportz fans think you're entitled to yours.

It's just crap.   They a just a corporation, that hires / fires talent.  There is nothing to your 'team' mentality.

tweedsRkewl
tweedsRkewl

@Dave Anderson we gots the wild now?

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Dave Anderson  

No, the MN Vikings are good for the MN Vikings.  Our best projected ROI for the stadium has us breaking even with no adjustment for inflation after twenty years.

Shit, I get a better return on my free checking account.

sosmpls
sosmpls

@Patrick Kane 

As they should! 

luke107
luke107

@digitalprotocol hey now, some of us wisco transplants are very progressive. scummy, yeah, but progressive for sure.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You just agreed with me, cro-mag. You're just like Michelle Bachmann. Everytime you respond to me you just look dumber.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

These people are WATCHING SPORTS - not participating!

Get a degree at MCTC.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Retard concentrate. Lol

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Only in your mind. It's funny how you only believe in things like "we create our reality" when it's in your favor. Also, I said "libtard", not "liberal". You are retard concentrate.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

"learn how to read and think critically. you make little sense and we all hate you" No, cro-mag. I said "libtardy", you said I said "progressive". Way to dodge the first part where you agreed with me that most everyone hates the stadium deal. Your continued martyrdom helps stroke my ego. Thanks

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