Dayton: GOP member should be punished

Published 9:19 am Thursday, April 23, 2015

ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton said a Republican lawmaker should be reprimanded for a House floor speech linking north Minneapolis with a state prison.

Rep. Jim Newberger elicited boos Tuesday night when he said a train connecting the predominantly black neighborhood with the St. Cloud prison would be “convenient.” The Becker Republican later apologized if anyone took offense to his comment as the House debated a transportation budget bill.

Dayton said that remark was horrible. He called on House Republican leadership Wednesday to punish Newberger and to publicly disavow his comments.

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The Democratic governor said Newberger’s apology doesn’t suffice.

Newberger said he’ll work to make sure it doesn’t happen again.