Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday avoided weighing in on the Syria decision his former U.S. Senate colleagues will soon make.
"My boundaries extend as far as the boundaries of the state of Minnesota and that gives me plenty to focus on," he said, when asked about the upcoming congressional votes on whether to authorize the use of force in Syria. "I support the president of the United States in his decisions and I'll leave it at that."
As a U.S. Senator in 2002, Dayton was one of the few who voted against the use of force in Iraq.
He agonized over that decision, he said at the time. According to a 2002 Star Tribune article, he weighed the conflict between supporting the majority and "speaking with one voice," and following his conscience and "speaking with my own voice," according to a Star Tribune story.
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During an MPR interview in front a live audience, Dayton reiterated his support for middle class tax cuts, a big boost in transportation funding and universal prekindergarten during next year's legislative session, all priorities he was unable to achieve in the 2015 session.
State Auditor Rebecca Otto, reeling from a new law allowing counties to hire private audit firms to review their finances, said in a statement she has hired outside counsel "to help me assess the implications of this law and its impact on the core function of auditing."