In the days since we learned that the FBI and CIA concur that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to benefit Donald Trump, U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen has called for funding hops-related agricultural research to support the brewing industry but has been silent in condemning this attack on our democracy. Are the constituents of the Third Congressional District to understand that craft beer is more important than denouncing a foreign government working to undermine our electoral system? It’s past time to make clear his position on this offense against our democracy. I’m left wondering: Does Paulsen stand with party or country? And how does this represent the values of our district? Paulsen is not as moderate as he paints himself to be, since he appears to lack the will or courage to break with Trump on this issue.
Katherine Bass, Edina
Minneapolis StarTribune, December 30, 2016