To the Editor:

I’m proud to be a Minnesotan. We value truth, honesty, integrity, and kindness. I sure wish my Congressional representative would stand up and “represent” those values, too. 

When I asked Rep. Erik Paulsen (CD-3) at the May 30 town hall in Brooklyn Park what he’ll do in the next six months to stand up to the bully in the White House, he dove into the virtues of bipartisan legislation. Oh boy. This isn’t about legislation, it’s about principled leadership.

Minnesota’s Third Congressional District needs a bold advocate willing to stand up to the chief bully and his posse of lap dogs. Instead, we have Erik Paulsen, for now.

Rep. Paulsen has, time and time again, failed to stand up to Donald Trump’s lies and alternative facts, and I thought that his first town hall in seven years would be a “turning the corner” moment. It wasn’t. He won’t discuss his millions of dollars from corporate interests, he won’t explain his history of NRA support, and he won’t defend his record of voting with Trump 97.4 percent of the time. 

My conclusion is that the town halls were nothing more than talking points for his future campaign ads. 

There were no answers, there were no solutions and there was no principled leadership in the room. It’s time for new principled leadership. 

Andrew Morrow

Shorewood

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