by Duluth News Tribune
September 3, 2012 at 7:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
The Labor Day picnic in Duluth had your usual corn on the cob, hot dogs and beer. It had old friends catching up and co-workers greeting each other.
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Imagine that: Jim Oberstar shows up and Chip Cravaack doesn’t.
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Still bitter….almost 2 years later.
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There you go again Tom. Seriously how can you and your ilk support a candidate who abandoned his daughter at two years old after getting a divorce? Clearly you screwed up with Gauthier, many knew about his habits, and you’re heading down the same path with the heartless Erik Simonson again. Do union thugs really support someone who abandons his own flesh and blood?
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He seemed to have no problem looking his supporters in the eye and questioning Gauthier’s character when he knew he’d abandoned his own daughter, not to mention not speaking to his parents or his sister for the past 18 years. But local DFLers will find a way to pretend Simonson’s character flaws aren’t as bad as Gauthier’s. And remember, you read it here first.
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Dan H, actually I believe Simonson’s action are worse than Gauthier’s.
In no way am I defending Gauthier, but it was consential. Simonson’s daughter had no choice regarding the lifelong abandonment and rejection by her father.
This kind of hurt is lifelong and clearly demonstrate the very poor character of Erik Simonson.
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I think we should all thank Simonson’s parents for the heart and class they have shown by taking the then child’s side in this very disturbing matter.
I known this decision was difficult but without any doubt is was the best decision. Thank you to the mom, dad, and sister.
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Anybody can create a baby. It takes a real man to be a father. She’s probably better off not having him in her life whether she understands that yet or not.
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Well, the problem with an action of a 17 yo “boy” is that he is still a boy. A boy who is struggling with his sexuality is also easily manipulated by an older man, or woman for that matter. I think of this kid as “prey” more than just some gay “tryst”. That being said, to punish a child for YEARS to hurt a former spouse is beyond reprehensible–at any point Simonson could have decided “I want to do the right thing” and engaged her in a relationship, begged forgiveness, and said he was stupid. She probably would have forgiven him. Instead he stubbornly excluded her from his life–and probably will continue to do so to punish her more for coming out on this.
This is the war on Children…nothing less. Now we will see if the DFL accepts that war.
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True, a man virtually ignoring his child can be perceived as pathetic. But, Gauthier probably has more stories still untold, as I don’t believe for a second that his actions on Thompson Hill were his first, which leads me to believe he likely more of a preditor not just a lame worthless father. Neither deserve to represent this area.
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Simonson abandoned his daughter?? Didn’t you see the article……he paid those child support checks all those years. My gosh…do you expect the poor guy to have to have a relationship with his own flesh and blood? I can’t believe it…. Simonson makes Gauthier look good. And that’s no small task.
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It’s funny …..you read the article about Simonson in the DNT and it seems as if he has no clue. He says he paid what he was supposed to all these years. Gosh….I guess being a parent is like dropping a check in the mail to pay your monthly cable bill. His daughter deserves much better than that.
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Regardless of what he did I would never air my family business in public. The fact that she did proves to me she has ulterior motives. This is revenge and it’s wrong. Her mother should have set her straight about that and never spoke with the media.
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If anybody thinks the Duluth DFL will take his behavior seriously, your dreaming. They don’t care who they front for the job, just so Jay Fosle doesn’t get it. Fosle can’t be controlled by the DFL bigwigs and may just work to get more manufacturing jobs (both union and non-union) for Duluth and the entire region.
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“They don’t care who they front for the job, just so Jay Fosle doesn’t get it.”
That begs the question, why is Fosle even in the race? He jumped in as an “alternative” to Gauthier when there was already a Republican candidate.
So, the people of that district should have only had the choice between one Republican candidate or another?
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“Her mother should have set her straight about that and never spoke with the media.”
My guess is, it’s the mother that was behind it in the first place.
If she didn’t actually encourage her, I’m willing to bet she did nothing to discourage her.
The fact that the kid’s first statement was about her dad cheating on her mother would certainly seem to indicate that the mom told the kid things that no parent should share with a child.
Being only 2 at the time of the break up, there’s no way the child could have known that info on her own.
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My family has its share of problems but we would never go public with the information.
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Maybe Chipper went to the Labor Day Picnic in his home state of New Hampshire, then again maybe not. Either way I am sure he was enjoying his Union negotiated benefits
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I don’t think it’s really headline-worthy to announce that politics were discussed at the Labor Day picnic. Labor relies on friendly politicians, as does anti-labor.
The difference is in the cost of attendance.
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It’s much safer for Republicans to avoid events like this. Somehow they feel out of place.
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I think you are right. Not to mention, they’d probably end up getting asked questions that they didn’t want to answer.
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Excuse me Katy Dud, but here’s some of those hard DFL questions:
Why are so many DFLers against high paying mining jobs, both iron ore and copper-nickle?
Why are DFLers against logging and related paper and wood processing industries?
Why do DFLers think working at Starbucks is a good paying job?
Why are DFLers content with enslaving college students with crippling student loan debt with only job prospects for a DFL Duluth bar or food service job?
Why do DFLers put more time, energy, and our tax money into GLBT marriage, bogus racism campaigns, and soirees on Thompson Hill with our youth over successfully creating high paying jobs here?
Seriously I don’t know why any honest candidate not beholden to AFSCME, the “teachers” union, and other socialist enviro radical special interests wants anything to do with the DFL and their destruction of the middle class and US economy questions.
Friend don’t let friends vote DFL unless they are happy working at the corner coffee shop and moving back in with mom like the Thompson Hill DFL’s boy toy, because there are no high paying jobs.
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Best piece of cow flop I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.
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That was absolutely the best piece of cow flop I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.
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The number of thumbs down on my comments are more than visitors to your web site.
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Your logic is a little hard to follow, at least for me.
You claim that the unions are running the DFL and the DFL is running the city/county.
But then, you claim there are no good jobs in the area.
Does that mean you think all those union members that have all that control, are working for minimum wage?
BTW, I’m honestly sorry that you are being forced to live in a place that you so obviously hate.
I hope that your parole/probation is up soon so you can move someplace more to your liking.
If you need a loan for a bus ticket to Mississippi, just lemme know and I’ll try to help out.
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No, they are not working for minimum wage. But make no mistake, the DFL is now a party of Govt employees, and we all pay their wages. Since we pay their wages, it is contradictory to have them donate to a party that will squeeze us all, regardless of party affiliation, for their benefits. Private unions have valid wants and needs that politicians can address–miners need mines (but the DFL doesn’t want them), loggers need access to logging (but the DFL doesn’t want them to log anywhere)–these wants and needs cannot be disregarded for their favorite Govt unions. If they are, soon we will be a society of Govt, with nothing to fund them.
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DFL Duluth Exposed said:
“Why are so many DFLers against high paying mining jobs, both iron ore and copper-nickle?”
I’m pretty sure the DFL is very supportive of those high paying mining jobs, since they’re all held by union members.
What they aren’t supportive of, is giving the big mining companies carte blanche to destroy our air, water and basically our quality of life up here, all in the name of making a buck.
“Why are DFLers content with enslaving college students with crippling student loan debt”
If I’m not mistaken, it’s the GOP that’s doing their level best to make sure that kids graduate from college crippled with debt. You know, no more Pell Grants, high interest student loans, etc.
“Why do DFLers put more time, energy, and our tax money into GLBT marriage.”
The DFL has been forced to spend a lot of time and energy on the marriage equality thing to keep the GOP from writing discrimination into our state constitution.
As far as wasting tax payer money, I think that falls on the GOP for insisting it go on the ballot rathering than playing by the rules and just getting the votes to over-ride the governor’s veto.
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Katy, have you lived on the Iron Range? I have, and can tell you that the lakes are as pristine as any in the country. Further, the “mine pits” left behind become clear lakes in their own right–filled with fish and very powerful ecosystems. If Mines were the bane of existance that the DFL and their radical anti-capitalist backers assert–you could have fooled all of us–they have been their for decades. The perennial mining “Boogyman” that the DFL keeps talking about is rare–what is real is the economic benefit to people who have no jobs, but attain them (Good jobs, too) in the areas of mining. But the DFL is more interested in a Green agenda of parks with few employees, not mining, or jobs.
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It’s no use, political plight. Katydid/quagmire/tom is an expert in all topics discussed on Area Voices, and he/she is never wrong. Their signature attach is copying and pasting what you wrote, and saying “you’re wrong”. Or crying about how your life mentor Jimmy Oberstar didn’t get re-elected because of some conservative conspiracy.
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Oh brother. Yep, there was this liberal antique walking along with his politician plastered smile and some poor schlub “holding a sign with an arrow, announcing his presence.” Good grief, this guy already thinks he’s Cesar. But, it did strike me as a quintessentially Democrat operation, with their “I’m here, notice me, bow to me — I am here to save you poor, ill informed peasants!”
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You really expect republicans to show up at a picnic that is SPONSORED BY the democrats? This is not a come one, come all, speak your mind and engage the public event. This is a rally for liberals. Let’s not act like it was an expectation for anyone but liberals to actually show up at this thing. Clint said it best – conservatives play it a bit closer to the vest.
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Josiah Bartlet said:
“Clint said it best – conservatives play it a bit closer to the vest.”
Ya know, when I saw that little skit that Clint put on, I was actually left wondering if he was really a Democrat, just trying to make the RNC a laughing stock.
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What does it say about the economy when so many people are jealous of union wages and benefits? You should blame the people responsible for ruining our economy not the workers…Wall Street, Bankers, Politicians and Big Business.
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Good job tj and right to the point. Bob, GOPer’s would have charged for all of the food and invested the money in the Cayman Islands.
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No free food and beer half the crowd would stay home. Any Bets..?
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Oh Quag! We agree! Those Obumer record deficit numbers are going up fast! You couldn’t be talking about those directed from the DFL’s number 1 website! Google it and see Quagie.
You’re intellectual capacity to debate is impressive to the common DFLer!
Keep up the good work Quag and good luck finding a job. It’s tough out there.
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Nice gut Al. Taking advantage of those lobbyist lunches and dinners?
This thread got a little out of control with personal attacks. I’ve pruned them back.
Please stay on topic. There’s no need to ruin it for everyone; you can disagree without name-calling and insinuation.
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Excellent. Now this is why I read Area Voices. They run a clean operation.
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Why did you take down the picture of “Jolly Al”?
I wonder if anyone younger then me (57) remembers who Jim Klobachar was? Glad to see he’s still alive and kick’n
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Get to work, union slugs!
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DId you read Kari’s comment? No name calling or insinuations. It was clearly spelled out for all of us. Do you think the rules don’t apply to you? They do to everybody else but not you?
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No I just logged on. That was Kari. She was doing her job. You could be nicer. There is no reason to be so rude. You come across as being angry but it’s your life. Live it your way.
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You were right… another person is using two idenities. I agree with you on this one devilschild. How do they juggle them and a better question…why?
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It’s true, conservatives ARE more comfortable with those more civilized.
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Are rich people more civilized than poor people?
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My name is Claire Kirch. I do not participate on Area Voices, because the idea of arguing and trading insults with people whom I would never associate with in real life doesn’t hold any appeal for me. Any comments posted on Area Voices with the name “claire” were not posted by me. I am so disgusted with the sock puppet behind DFL Duluth Exposed’s hypocrisy that I must speak out. This individual is very active on all the Area Voices threads having to do with Erik Simonson’s write-in campaign for 7-B, condemning Mr. Simonson for his treatment of his daughter. I would like to point out the incredible, jaw-dropping hypocrisy of DFL Duluth Exposed, both here on Area Voices and on his/her own blog. DFL Duluth Exposed is absolutely obsessed with me and has been fixated on me for years. This stalking extended to this punk once posting my child’s school bus schedule on his/her blog, for all the world to see. DFL Duluth Exposed would put a child in danger just because he/she does not like the mother’s political activism. Grown-ups do not drag children into the political arena. I think we can all agree that what DFL Duluth did in a blatant attempt to intimidate and silence me was wrong and cowardly. I’d hope that no matter what differences we adults have with one another, none of us would stoop so low. And even if you agree with DFL Duluth’s extremist and right-wing views, do not condone his childish and immature behavior. Real men and real women don’t stalk the children of their political opponents.
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It bullied me last week so I understand completely where you are coming from. It’s comments were deleted….thankfully by Kari. They were disguting but then so is it. You are right Claire. It is a coward. I’m not surprised to read it posted a child’s bus schedule. It is capable of anything reprehensible.
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My attitude is that someone who has to repeatedly resort to anonymous and sleazy attacks on his/her fellow citizens which includes stalking them and their children around town is a chickensh*t coward who realizes he or she can’t win a fair political fight in this town.
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