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Minnesota lawmaker goes from GOP backbencher to leading critic of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar
.startribune.com ^ | 8/25/2019 | J.Patrick Coolican

Posted on 08/27/2019 8:23:52 AM PDT by bitt

Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, has rocketed from conservative backbencher to a leading Minnesota critic of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, his former colleague in the Legislature. TEXT SIZE 178 EMAIL PRINT MORE State Rep. Steve Drazkowski tells a story about getting soaked in a rainstorm on his way to a TV studio in Minneapolis for an appearance on Fox News. People don’t use umbrellas where he comes from in rural Minnesota, he says.

In Drazkowski’s telling, he’s just a guy from the sticks, raised on a farm. “If we did well,” he said, “we got supper.”

But the end of his story — an appearance on the nation’s most watched cable news network to criticize U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar — reflects his growing national profile as a leading opponent of the liberal Minnesota congresswoman, a member of the “squad,” all women of color, who have been in a summerlong public feud with President Donald Trump.

In the past few months Drazkowksi has rocketed from conservative backbencher to a leading Minnesota critic of the Somali-born lawmaker, repeatedly raising questions about potential immigration, tax and campaign violations — charges that have taken hold in conservative media nationwide.

His most recent news conference, on Thursday, came amid an international dust-up over the Israeli government’s decision acquiescing to Trump’s request to bar Omar, an outspoken critic of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, from entering the country.

The multiple controversies surrounding Omar also have helped elevate Drazkowski from a family shoe-store owner from Mazeppa, Minn., to perhaps one of the best-known state legislators in Minnesota.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts; US: Michigan; US: Minnesota; US: New York
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1 posted on 08/27/2019 8:23:52 AM PDT by bitt
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2 posted on 08/27/2019 8:24:05 AM PDT by bitt (The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see.- Ayn)
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Drazkowki ... good surname, say this proud Polish-American.


3 posted on 08/27/2019 8:31:09 AM PDT by Nothingburger
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“In Drazkowski’s telling, he’s just a guy from the sticks, raised on a farm. “If we did well,” he said, “we got supper.” “

Farm kids tend to do well. They have experience in hard work and long days from an early age and don’t shrink away from it. It’s almost an advantage.


4 posted on 08/27/2019 8:43:58 AM PDT by BBQToadRibs
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all women of color,

Correction: three women of color and a "Palestinian" of pallor.
5 posted on 08/27/2019 8:49:28 AM PDT by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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I’ve met him before. He’s anything but a backbencher. He actively participates in floor debate and has no problem mixing it up with the Demoncrats.

In fact, him and three other members of the state House GOP caucus were so bothered at the leadership’s lack of focus on taxes and spending, that they broke away and formed a separate caucus on the floor of the House.

https://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2018/12/renegade-house-members-split-from-gop-caucus/


6 posted on 08/27/2019 8:49:58 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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The Red Star goes into attack mode expecting the MN GOP to surrender...again.


7 posted on 08/27/2019 9:03:23 AM PDT by Zathras
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A microcosm of Trump. Make waves and you have the Dems/progressives and the Rep establishment against you.
I hope he is able to overcome these hurdles and deal with the inevitable threats and worse.

Hope someone comes up with a list of people like him for campaign contributions.


8 posted on 08/27/2019 10:09:50 AM PDT by malach (We live in interesting times.)
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