Eden Prairie GOP candidate Sheila Kihne criticized for not supporting family values group

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Rep. Loon (left); Kihne (right)
While at the U of M, Kihne helped craft a budget that funded a GLBT group while leading two conservative ones out in the cold.
Twenty years ago, Sheila Kihne -- then known as Sheila Corbett -- served on the University of Minnesota's Student Services Fees Committee. The same academic year, she successfully ran to become the Minnesota Student Association president.

That's not news, obviously. But Kihne, now an Eden Prairie arch-conservative who's running in a controversial August 12 GOP primary against incumbent Rep. Jenifer Loon, has come under scrutiny from local conservatives for being involved with the student fees committee while it developed with a budget at odds with the brand of social conservatism she now espouses so forcefully.

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According to Minnesota Daily articles sent to us by a source, the budget Kihne played a role in developing allocated $24,146 to a GLBT student group. (The group had requested $29,345.)

On the other hand, Kihne didn't support a $12,335 funding request from the J. Danforth Quayle Traditional Family Values Culture Center, which sought "to provide information to [pregnant] women who decide to keep their children," as the group's interim director put it at the time.

A separate $19,370 request from a group that wanted to bring conservative speakers to campus also was denied in the budget Kihne helped developed, according to the Daily's reporting.

It's unclear why Kihne didn't support the family values organization at the time, or whether she expressed any objections to the GLBT group. (That's doubtful, however, as one Daily article focuses on controversial funding decisions the student fees committee made during Kihne's tenure without mentioning any anti-GLBT stuff.) She didn't return a message we left her seeking comment, and the Daily simply notes she thought the programs proposed by the Quayle Center overlapped with services already offered on campus.

But conservatives who oppose Kihne's effort to take out Loon, who was one of only five Republicans to vote in favor of the marriage equality bill last year, note she's received at least $32,000 from the Minnesota Family Council, a social conservative group that lobbied against marriage equality.

"While Kihne says her run is not just about social issues [and] opposition to gay marriage, I think most believe that is the only reason she is running," one local conservative wrote to us in an email. The budget she supported is "inconsistent with the support from the Minnesota Family Council."

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truckmeyer
truckmeyer

Are we all gunna be judged forever by what we did in college? Wow, that sucks.

Regardless, neither of these candidates are genuine. Surprised?

Marlena Joy
Marlena Joy

Where is Francis and Claire Underwood when you need them?

Yankee Doodle Pablo
Yankee Doodle Pablo

Much like Barack Obama, sometimes one's views on social issues "evolve" with time. As a State Senator for Illinois, Obama opposed gay marriage. As President, as soon as he found out the LGBT community was a rich source of campaign donations, he flipped on his position. Some day politicians on both sides of the aisle will be held to the same standards.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 Do you know in junior high Sheila Kihne once served as student body President?     During her reign of terror she raised taxes on the other junior high kids to pay a vending machine in the caferteria.    Do you liberal idiots have any idea who also raised taxes to pay for things?    HITLER!  OH YEAH AND OBAMA!  She is unfit to lead.  She is the next Barack Hitler.  

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