Mark Dayton, heckled about raises for legislators, disses Shakopee audience [VIDEO] [UPDATE]
Dayton's support of raises for legislators didn't sit well with his audience last night.
Last night, Mark Dayton had some choice words for the audience of a "Meetings with Mark" forum event in Shakopee.
When the topic of giving legislators raises came up, Dayton said, "they're terribly underpaid," prompting derisive laughter from his listeners. In response, the guv told them, "I've been all over the state and I've never had people behave this rudely. You know, you want to say something, just raise your hand and get a mic."
Here's the footage:
Dayton supports a bill recently approved by the Senate that would raise legislators' salaries from $31,000 to $42,000. It'd be the first raise they've received since 1999, but a companion bill in the House hasn't yet been introduced, MinnPost reports.
After the event, Dayton spokeswoman Katharine Tinucci didn't back down from Dayton's remark.
According to the Star Tribune, Tinucci said Dayton thought the Shakopee crowd was "the least respectful" he'd encountered while touring the state, adding that many of those in attendance "were not interested in hearing answers or having a discussion."
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Here's a lengthier clip of the part of Dayton's Shakopee forum where he talked about raises for legislators. The footage suggests his "I've never had people behave this rudely" remark was an aberration in the midst of an otherwise mild-mannered Q and A:
Today, Dayton was asked about what happened in Shakopee during a news conference. He characterized the behavior of some in the audience last night as "very juvenile" and compared it to the way unruly students would sometimes behave while he was teaching in New York City.
"It was rude. If they can't handle the truth, then they can't handle the truth, but that's the truth as I perceived it," Dayton said.
He continued: "Again, I welcome the disagreements and I welcome the controversy and I welcome people who are genuinely upset expressing their upset [sic], but not something that is just contrived for the purposes of trying to distract me or trying to distract the conversation."
Here's footage of today's newser:
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