Rep. Kathy Lohmer uses taxpayer money to wrap her Korean car with American flag

Made in Korea, wrapped by Minnesota taxpayers.
Made in Korea, wrapped by Minnesota taxpayers.

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In a move that's sad and troubling on multiple levels, first-term Rep. Kathy Lohmer, R-Lake Elmo, recently spent $2,678 -- some of it from taxpayers -- to wrap her Korean vehicle in the American flag.

News of the expenditure prompted Stillwater resident Lee Salisbury to write a highly critical letter to the editor that was published in the Stillwater Gazette. "Yes, it takes someone with unmitigated gall to brandish the American flag and U.S. Constitution on a foreign vehicle. It takes Kathy Lohmer," Salisbury writes.

Foreign vehicle or not, Salisbury points out another reason why Lohmer's car wrap is blast-worthy. "[W]hile claiming on her 2012 report that she 'promises to support fiscal responsibility,' Lohmer's campaign committee -- with help from a $5,429 public subsidy payment in 2010 -- spent $2,678 to turn her foreign-made SUV into a garish mobile billboard, thereby literally flaunting her reckless disregard for our tax dollars," he writes.

Prior to Car Wrap-gate, Lohmer had been taking heat from liberals for spending her first term in the legislature authoring 12 constitutional amendments. She founded a homeschool cooperative yet voted last year to cut $48 million in funding for the state's public school students (The $48 million figure is according to Salisbury -- Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, later reached out to City Pages to take issue with that number). Lohmer is being challenged this November by Democrat Tom DeGree, a Lake Elmo teacher.

Consider Car Wrap-gate further evidence that the folks serving as our legislators aren't necessarily Minnesota's best and brightest.

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