John Kriesel feuds with former DFL opponent Jen Peterson
Cottage Grove Council Member Peterson (right) doesn't think Kriesel did much to create jobs in Cottage Grove, and didn't appreciate his claim that there are "no jobs" there.
Last night, former MNGOP Rep. John Kriesel got into it on Twitter with the DFLer he defeated in 2010 during his one and only political race to date, Cottage Grove City Council Member Jen Peterson.
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While in office, Kriesel, a 32-year-old decorated war veteran who had his legs blown off in Iraq in 2006, crossed party lines and became one of the Legislature's most outspoken supporters of same-sex marriage. After he announced his retirement from the Legislature following just one term, he got some buzz as a possible MNGOP gubernatorial candidate, but for now isn't involved in politics.
That doesn't mean Kriesel's Twitter feed doesn't get political now and then, however. Check out the exchange he had last night with Peterson, who lost to Kriesel by a narrow 52 percent-48 percent margin:
@johnkriesel so remind me about all the jobs you brought to Cottage Grove when you were our rep-- Jen Peterson (@CGJenPeterson) January 7, 2014
@johnkriesel nope, not mad. We have 3M, Anderson Windows, Werner Electric, UpNorth, CP Rail, ISD 833, and many more employers w/good jobs.-- Jen Peterson (@CGJenPeterson) January 7, 2014
@johnkriesel funny, that was the question I just asked you. Still waiting on an answer.-- Jen Peterson (@CGJenPeterson) January 7, 2014
@johnkriesel right, and that's cool, but that's not in CG.-- Jen Peterson (@CGJenPeterson) January 7, 2014
@johnkriesel houses don't build themselves. CG housing market is booming. Also, I believe 3M is expanding, Werner hoping to soon.-- Jen Peterson (@CGJenPeterson) January 7, 2014
@CGJenPeterson curious, what bad things could you have said about Kriesel?-- Cloud Sports (@CloudSports_) January 7, 2014
Kriesel ultimately chalked up Peterson's line of questioning to political resentments from yesteryear (the tweets embedded here are from the day after the 2010 election)...
Funny how much of a sore loser my 2010 political opponent is. http://t.co/KWWIzeytrH-- John Kriesel (@johnkriesel) January 7, 2014
... and said her allegation that he won the seat because of negative campaigning is completely without merit:
When someone spends all their time criticizing the person who defeated them in an election, they lose credibility and look like a sore loser-- John Kriesel (@johnkriesel) January 7, 2014
But regardless of who won the argument, the exchange wasn't entirely without benefit for Peterson:
Welcome to all my new followers. You are welcome to stick around, but I can't promise it'll always be so interesting on here.-- Jen Peterson (@CGJenPeterson) January 7, 2014
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