Republican Rep. Pat Garofalo's resume includes being the chairman of the House Education Finance Committee and being the chief sponsor of the omnibus K-12 spending bill that conservative Republicans opposed. Now he can add a good relationship with the Minneapolis Star Tribune to that list.
In an article today that talks about unity and compromise (Read: Republicans should give in to the Democrats and raise taxes/spendings) authored by Lori Sturdevant (Click here if you want to read it), Sturdevant writes:
I was mulling [unity and compromise] last week at a briefing about a very partisan omnibus House K-12 finance bill, listening to its sponsor, Rep. Pat Garofalo, praise the governor.
In case you couldn't believe it,
You read that right. This conservative GOP legislator was praising DFL Gov. Mark Dayton
Sturdevant goes on to write,
I'd say the four-termer from Farmington is demonstrating a serious legislator's recognition of both the importance of a win-win outcome this year and what it will take to get there. He knows that tossing rhetorical bombs at this stage won't help.
If Rep. Garofalo were a Democrat, this glowing reference from Sturdevant & the Star Tribune's opinion pages might well qualify him to run for higher office. But as a Republican, it is a reference he may want to keep in the closet unless a change in party affiliation becomes convenient.