Sierra Club Responds to Senate Rejection of Public Utilities Commission Appointment

For Immediate Release: Monday, January 30, 2012

SIERRA CLUB RESPONDS TO SENATE REJECTION OF PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION APPOINTMENT

Today’s action by the Senate Republican Caucus is yet another example of a qualified public servant losing their job over partisan politics. Minnesotans deserve leadership that respects talent and integrity; unfortunately today’s party-line confirmation vote demonstrates that the current Senate leadership has other priorities.

Since her appointment to the Public Utilities Commission, Ellen Anderson has voted with the majority 215 times out of 221 votes. Such a record is nothing if not ‘mainstream’.

Minnesota has real challenges ahead, and we need capable, qualified people running our public institutions in order to meet them. If the Minnesota Senate is not capable of handling public appointments in a responsible manner, then Minnesota voters will need to do some firing of their own next November.

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