Diane Hofstede claims council colleagues are hating because she supported Vikings stadium
Hofstede's reelection is opposed by four of her colleagues, supported by three others.
Diane Hofstede is a polarizing figure. Yesterday, four of her colleagues on the Minneapolis City Council openly opposed her reelection in a press release distributed by her opponent, Jacob Frey. Today, three of her colleagues (Barbara Johnson, Don Samuels, and Meg Tuthill) responded by publicly supporting her.
Gary Schiff cited Hofstede's alleged unwillingness to return calls as one reason he's backing Frey. But Hofstede thinks the core reason Schiff and three other council members oppose her reelection boils down to her support for the Vikings stadium.
"These are four people who did not support the stadium, and I know this is politics," Hofstede said.
Hofstede was part of the slim, seven-vote majority that last year approved using city sales tax dollars to subsidize the new stadium.
A Frey campaign press release announcing the endorsements made no mention of the stadium vote or of Hofstede.
Of course, one thing working against Hofstede's theory is that she was unpopular with her colleagues years before the Vikings stadium drama unfolded last spring.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss City Pages' biggest stories.