Retiring Republican Rips GOP As Inflexible

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Click on Steve Smith's photo to hear his farewell address to the MN House

Click on Steve Smith's photo to hear his farewell address to the MN House

Representative Steve Smith (R- Mound) who was ousted from his seat in a primary by a Tea Party activist made a plea for bipartisanship Friday as Minnesota’s special session came to a close. In his retirement speech he talked about how his Republican party has become inflexible.

“The Republican Party in which I believed has at times shown inflexible adherence to the rhetoric of ‘the principle of the day,”

“My hopes is this — that the two-party system of civility and survival will be restored,” Smith said. “And Minnesotans shall prevail. God will help free people who work together.”

“I got to be a voice for the old Republican Party that was a legitimate and honorable strand of our American and Minnesota heritage,” he said. “We were committed to doing well what had to be accomplished, and doing without those things which people could do for themselves.”

Michael McIntee

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