Nienow should stop disregarding state, federal laws

photo:  StarTribune
photo: StarTribune

While Sen. Sean Nienow has taken the spotlight as a spokesperson for the Senate Republican Caucus, his constituents remain in the dark on how much Nienow has raised and spent to keep his state job.

Months after declaring bankruptcy because he defaulted on an almost $1 million loan from the federal government, Nienow is late in filing his campaign report to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.

“First Nienow defaulted on the federal government and now he is dodging his financial reporting responsibilities as a legislator,” said DFL Chairman Ken Martin. “Niewnow’s blatant disregard for the law makes it hard to take him seriously. Lawmakers are not above the law and should be role models for how Minnesotans behave.”

 Earlier this week, Nienow was front and center on an education funding proposal that would hurt small school districts with declining enrollment as well as rural areas with large concentrations of poverty and minority students.

“Pitting school districts against each other is not a way to ensure student success,” Martin said. “His lack of understanding on financial issues evident by his personal failings and could be detrimental to our students receiving the best education possible.”