Terri Bonoff (DFL) sees the social issues she champions as business issues. She’s supported marriage equality, wants to fight man-made climate change, and wants regulations to prevent gun violence — all stances that she says are more in line with the constituents in her district that current Congressman Erik Paulsen (R), who she calls “an activist.”
Paulsen was co-author of a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. “He called Roe v. Wade ‘a tragedy’,” says Bonoff of the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion and a woman’s right to choose. “He got an award for trying to put the ban on gay marriage into the constitution after our third district resoundingly defeated that measure at the ballot box.” Bonoff says Paulsen has voted 26 times to prevent debate on gun violence prevention.
“They aren’t just social issues, particularly around attracting and recruiting top talent workforce,” Bonoff told The UpTake as she took a brief break from her daily grind of campaign appearances. “You look at what happened in North Carolina and Indiana when they tried to write the discriminatory policies into law that Erik has advocated for. Companies left those states. Those states are not strong economically as a result of those policies.”
Bonoff’s pro-business advocacy earned her the endorsement of the Twin West Chamber of Commerce in her campaigns for the Minnesota legislature, where she has served several terms in the Senate. But not so in her run for Congress. The chamber has endorsed Paulsen. Bonoff shrugs off the snub, saying voters could just check her fundraising reports filed with the Federal Election Commission and they’ll find many business executives are strongly supporting her candidacy.
“I’m on the same playing field with Paulsen on fiscal matters, but I deliver results on the big, big issues, and that I’m a better fit when it comes to tomorrow’s issues.”
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