GOP newcomers react to Dayton’s ‘extreme’ comment

Published 11:15 am Thursday, May 26, 2011

ST. PAUL — Eight first-term Republican members of the Minnesota Senate say they don’t appreciate Gov. Mark Dayton calling them extremists.

The lawmakers held a Capitol news conference Wednesday to react to comments the Democratic governor made a day earlier.

Dayton blamed a budget stalemate on “extreme right-wing caucus members” in the GOP majorities.

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Sen. Ted Lillie of Lake Elmo says he and his classmates are “average Minnesotans” and “mainstream.”

Minnesota is facing a special session and a possible government shutdown because of the budget dispute between Dayton and the Republican-controlled Legislature.

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Tim Engstrom is the editor of the Albert Lea Tribune. He resides in Albert Lea with his wife, two sons and dog.

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