Mark Dayton blasted for publicly financed trip to Super Bowl [UPDATE]

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Dayton will meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and attend some events before heading back to Minnesota on Saturday, a day before the Super Bowl game.
-- Update at bottom --

Gov. Mark Dayton heads to New Jersey this week to woo NFL officials about bringing the 2018 Super Bowl to the new Vikings stadium in Minneapolis.

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But the fact that the bill for lodging and flights to this year's Super Bowl site will be picked up by Minnesota taxpayers doesn't sit well with Republican Marty Seifert, the former House minority leader who is currently running to take Dayton's job.

"A multimillionaire like Mark Dayton expecting average Minnesotans to foot the bill for his taxpayer-financed Super Bowl vacation is an insult," Seifert said in a release. "First, Mark Dayton raised their taxes to pay out-of-state billionaire owners for a new stadium and now, he's expecting hardworking Minnesotans to pay for him to vacation with the same people."

But Dayton's press secretary argues whatever the public is paying to send the governor to New Jersey is peanuts compared to the $300 million or more bringing the Super Bowl here will generate.

"This is state business. The governor is going out to bring the Super Bowl back to Minnesota and all the economic benefits that come with it," Matt Swenson told us, adding that his boss is leaving New Jersey on Saturday, the day before the game. "It's no different than if [Dayton] were going to meet with executives of a company in San Francisco to bring jobs to Minnesota."

Asked specifically how much the governor's trip is projected to cost, Swenson said he'd "have to check on that" and get back to us.

Seifert, meanwhile, apparently couldn't resist the urge to put the exclamation point on his objection to the trip with an ad hominem shot at Dayton.

"I don't believe this publicly-funded junket is justified in the eyes of hardworking taxpayers," Seifert said. "Does the average person really think Mark Dayton is going to 'wow' Super Bowl executives with some sort of articulate message?"

:::: UPDATE ::::

Dayton has backed out of the controversial trip for reasons that would make Hank Hill proud: -- 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

It's true it is state business that any governor would do (although you could argue we shouldn't waste time on Super Bowls) but Seifert made an excellent point. Is Dayton really going to "wow" anybody and get a Super Bowl here? Could anybody argue Dayton has a "wow" factor? Could anybody argue Dayton is even a good public speaker? Minnesota democrats had at least three candidates to choose from in the primary and they chose the rich guy that can't speak worth s*** in public. What the heck is wrong with you voters.

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

The MN Regressive Party is so disgustingly desperate. There is a reason MN Regressives were KICKED TO THE CURB LIKE COMMON ROADSIDE TRASH in the last elections.  There is a reason why Democrats control the House and Senate and the Governors Mansion.  

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

More manufactured outrage from the party that has no ideas and nothing to offer. The MN Regressive party is a joke.

Rick Meyer
Rick Meyer

He canceled the trip yesterday. Come on, cp. Don't you have more pics from the adult film awards to post?

Phillip Dresbach
Phillip Dresbach

The biggest criminals out there.. politicians have become a joke, and Dayton is a weasel, never worked a honest day in his life... sad times

Robinetta M. Garcia-Hrbek
Robinetta M. Garcia-Hrbek

Well he is not going now, update your story he chose to stay here in Minnesota to work on the propane gas shortage situation. So I guess MN came in first in his agenda for a whole different reason then the Super Bowl meeting.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

...and he will easily win his re-election bid in the fall. Sorry again Republican'ts. Can the MN GOP even afford to field a candidate with the mess their party is in financially?  Yeah - you want to run the state and you can't even keep your state party's finances in order.

Bob B Bopp
Bob B Bopp

As long as the NFL is in town it's going to cost the taxpayers money.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

Dayton is a Democrat hack. He looks high on his meds.  The guy is just Batsh*t Nuts!

Ryan Moe
Ryan Moe

God forbid the Governor does Governor shit... To all you people that complain about everything here is a big fu: FU!

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

It's a business trip who cares.

Whitney Joan
Whitney Joan

Fuuuuccckkk Pro Sports and the stadium. I don't care what it's going to do for the economy. What a waste of resources

Rachael Morford
Rachael Morford

I know that's when they're talking, but with the possibilities of more future lawsuits the stadium may not be ready by 2016.

Mike Soricelli
Mike Soricelli

Can we get a WrestleMania while we're at it, too?

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

In this day and age, why is it that the governor needs to make an appearance at the Superbowl site in order to get his message across? There isn't a better time or place? This can't be done via Skype?

WhiteMatt
WhiteMatt

I can't stand Governor Goofy Eyes, but this is a legitimate business trip. 

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

Mpls WILL get a super bowl , it was part of the nfl's extortion agreement for the new stadium.

David Kay
David Kay

I don't see a scandal, but it is bad form considering everything lately. God knows he has the money on him.

Moe Kharrazi
Moe Kharrazi

Start your complaining about how pro sports don't help the economy. Ready, Set, GO

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

@midwestexplorer81 I suppose youMN  Regressive would prefer we send someone who is mor articulate and coherent, someone who hass a command of the english language and capable of critical thought and someone who can think on their feet. MN Regressives would have sent.........................Michele Bachmann!!! 

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Blaming a single political party for the world's regressiveness is regressiveness. Stop being so regressive, regressor.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Wake up ass hole. It's not a right/left thing. It's a "Mark Dayton is almost as dumb as you, so why is he even governor?" thing.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@RMeule 

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say it's all the controversy it caused.  Could be wrong.  Read the article to find out why.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@kurt124 

Sorry bud.  Batshit Crazy is so intrinsically tied to Michelle Bachmann, she might as well get it tattooed on her forehead. You're never going to redirect that one.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

Dayton is such a riveting speaker, he's going to WoW those NFL cronies.   I can hear him now: We..... would..... ahhh.... like......

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

He could have scheduled a far less expensive tax-payer funded appointment with Roger Goodall the week AFTER the Super Bowl though.

Political business as usual? Perhaps. Just? Probably not.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

if there's a legal, binding agreement, MN wouldn't be begging to get one.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

The government is not in the business to make money.  They are supposed to let people/corps keep their money, to invest as they see fit.  That's called the 'free market.'

Because the state / Mpls has pledged a boat load of money to the stadium they try to make it look like a 'good thing'.  

First E-PullTabs were going to pay.  When that didn't work the smokers have to pay.  The citizens of Mpls have a 1/2 percent extra sales tax.  What a scam!

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

@ron.fresquez What are you blabbing about you partisan hack. Michele Bachmann wasn't running for governor. I bet you can't even name who ran against Mark Dayton last election without googling it. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@mingtran But he's correct. Look how much better life has gotten in MN since the Republican'ts were "kicked to the curb." C'mon Ming, deep down you know this - just admit it. It's the first step out of the darkness.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@mingtran Hmmmm, let's check out that statement - he graduated from Yale, was a legislative aide to both Mondale and Perpich for years, was the Minnesota Economic Development Commissioner, served in the US Senate for 6 years - yeah - what a dumb guy. And it certainly is a right/left thang, Mr. Tran - see, the left will run Dayton and the right will run a buffoon like Emmer and the people will choose. Or are you too dumb to understand that process?  P.S. Why did you ignore my question? Oh - right, you have no answer except name-calling - I get it. Let's try again - Why is the MN Republican party in such disarray?

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@_Joe_@kurt124You hater her don't you?     She's far more accomplished outside of Government than Crazy Eyes who left his post as Senator.     

WhiteMatt
WhiteMatt

@mingtran 


Yeah, but compared to the unnecessary bullshit that this State spends millions and millions of tax dollars on, this trip is a drop in the bucket. Plus, you can't deny that the SB will bring in lots of revenue (not to mention media attention) to Minneapolis if it is played here.


The real question is how convincing Mark Dayton will be when he makes the proposal to the NFL big wigs considering how he stutters and how his eyes wonder off into space mid-sentence.  

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Truth_Teller_1 at the highest levels, government and industry are the same. The same people slide in and out of various public/private posts.


nothing you can dream to imagine will change this, short of an interdimensional event

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

@ron.fresquez @midwestexplorer81and that was the part where you become the partisan hack. If Dayton was a Koch brother or a Bush family member you would be salivating at every opportunity to attack his family wealth hidden in a trust. Do all of us a favor and stop voting because you're so old that you don't have to live with the results anymore. You can afford to be a partisan moron but the rest of us can't.

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

@midwestexplorer81 @ron.fresquez  If you knew even a modicum about how trusts work you would know that Mark Dayton does not control where the Dayton FAMILY trust is located. The trust is located where it is because it is financially advantages to do so. Do all of us a favor and educate yourself before you post stupid stuff.  

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

@ron.fresquezWhen you're calling anybody you don't like regressive you don't sound any smarter than a 5th grader. 

I think Dayton was the most moderate person in the primary election so I'm happy the other more extreme democrats lost but he has no passion. Dayton doesn't speak well, doesn't get excited about anything, he is a hypocrite hiding his money, and he's lived on daddy's money his entire life. He seems to be the exact opposite of most Minnesota DFLers.

I don't get why the DFLers would elect a fox to guard the hen house, and a boring one at that.

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

@midwestexplorer81 @ron.fresquez For you information, I  am semiretired and I read 12 local and national political blogs six day a week. I have known Mark Dayton since he first entered politics. I worked and contributed to his campaign. I followed his campaign and I was impressed with Tom Emmers professionalism. And yes I am a partisan hack however I am an EDUCATED partisan hack. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@kurt124 @MNjoe @mingtran Learn to form complete sentences. I don't see many postings from you lately - don't have good internet access in the workhouse?

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

I know it's virtually impossible for retards to learn new things, but repeat after me: "democrats and republicans are equally bad. The middle road is best." Say it ten times each morning and ten times before bed each night. After a while even your dumbass will get it

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@MNjoe@mingtranNever had a real Job.   Worked in Government, where Democrats go that can't work in private field.    Crazy eyes.

Onan
Onan

@kurt124 @_Joe_   - "She's far more accomplished outside of Government than Crazy Eyes who left his post as Senator."

LOLWUT?

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