During the 2015 legislative session, Republicans Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt sought a $2 million appropriation in the bonding bill for high-end finishings and other upgrades to the Speaker and Majority Leaders’ offices at the State Capitol, which is under renovation.
A door later determined to cost $10,000 or more was part of Daudt’s desired upgrades.
Throughout the 2014 campaign – and even in the months since then – Speaker Daudt and House Republicans railed against Democrats for what they viewed as unnecessary spending.
“It is the height of hypocrisy for Republicans to run an entire campaign around what they perceive as wasteful spending to then turn around and seek $2 million in taxpayer dollars for high-end finishings for their offices at the Capitol,” said DFL Chairman Ken Martin. “We are offering fairgoers an opportunity to get their photo taken with a $10,000 door, which most Minnesotans will never have a chance to see in their lifetimes.”
An image of the “Daudton Abbey Door,” a life-sized version of which will be featured at the DFL booth at the State Fair through Labor Day, is attached to this release