John Kriesel feuds with former DFL opponent Jen Peterson

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Cottage Grove Council Member Peterson (right) doesn't think Kriesel did much to create jobs in Cottage Grove, and didn't appreciate his claim that there are "no jobs" there.
Last night, former MNGOP Rep. John Kriesel got into it on Twitter with the DFLer he defeated in 2010 during his one and only political race to date, Cottage Grove City Council Member Jen Peterson.

SEE ALSO: MNGOP Senate staffer fired for calling Kriesel names on Twitter

While in office, Kriesel, a 32-year-old decorated war veteran who had his legs blown off in Iraq in 2006, crossed party lines and became one of the Legislature's most outspoken supporters of same-sex marriage. After he announced his retirement from the Legislature following just one term, he got some buzz as a possible MNGOP gubernatorial candidate, but for now isn't involved in politics.

That doesn't mean Kriesel's Twitter feed doesn't get political now and then, however. Check out the exchange he had last night with Peterson, who lost to Kriesel by a narrow 52 percent-48 percent margin: Kriesel ultimately chalked up Peterson's line of questioning to political resentments from yesteryear (the tweets embedded here are from the day after the 2010 election)... ... and said her allegation that he won the seat because of negative campaigning is completely without merit: But regardless of who won the argument, the exchange wasn't entirely without benefit for Peterson: -- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

5 out of 6 employers Jen listed in Cottage Grove are negatively impacted by the warehouse tax democrats voted in last session and Dayton signed. I have dealt personally with Werner Electric in my manufacturing career, those guys are awesome and employ young guys in their twenties that Minnesota needs to retain, would be a shame to see them outsource out of Minnesota because of excess taxes (we have a surplus). Dems are now backtracking on their warehouse tax which caused us to lose Amazon vendors and other jobs already, but why the heck did they sign it in the first place?

atrupar
atrupar

@webster I agree. Peterson had a valid gripe there and instead of engaging it, Kriesel went ad hominem.

Tim Stang
Tim Stang

2 morons being morons.. i am dumber for reading this. Thanks rupar

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

I'm pretty sure Kriesel retired because he didn't goosestep to the beat of the party drum, and that doesn't curry favor with the party honchos. #TweetsAreYours

NokomisMod
NokomisMod

@citypages Kriesel seems like a nice guy, but he played a big role in helping the Wilfs get the new stadium and then he just retires?

zacharysmarko
zacharysmarko

Well, whatever respect I had for John is now significantly diminished.

Lynne Rollins
Lynne Rollins

Seems beneath him to be in a twitter argument, all politicians should stay off it for that reason, made a stellar man and politician look dumb.

Drew Pérez
Drew Pérez

i love how social media give politicians the chance to reveal themselves as the children they are

Rajean Moone
Rajean Moone

Perhaps she's trying to stick up for Cottage Grove which he seems to not like? Perhaps he should move? Perhaps he's sad that he couldn't make it as an elected official? Lots of unknowns. Good to see City Pages drudging the bottom of the barrel for non-news so I don't have to.

Jason Koffman
Jason Koffman

If Twitter went down, the CP would cease to exist. I'm totally reporting this from my bed right now, just like a CP journalist!

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