The Oct. 15 Star Tribune editorial “Anti-business agenda should be scrapped” was refreshingly honest on the issue of the overreach of Mayor Betsy Hodges’ plan to legislate the terms and working conditions for employees of Minneapolis companies. The Star Tribune Editorial Board clearly disagrees with the core aspects of Hodges’ “Working Families Agenda.” Now it’s time for the Star Tribune to take full responsibility for the part it played in getting Hodges elected and giving her the platform to put forth such ill-conceived ideas.
In 2013, the newspaper’s Editorial Board said that Hodges was the clear choice to lead the city. That editorial was a clarion call for Hodges and the single most significant event in the ranked-choice election among 35 candidates for mayor. The editorial ran prominently on the Star Tribune’s website for 10 straight days before the election, pounding the purposed positive qualities of Hodges into the consciousness of voters. There is no doubt about it — the Star Tribune’s endorsement propelled Betsy Hodges to the mayoralty of Minneapolis.
Well, what has Mayor Hodges done since? In her first budget proposal last year, there was a caustic and divisive battle with the City Council over property taxes. Earlier this year, Hodges chased the Major League Soccer franchise out of town — and now it has been announced that St. Paul will be the new home of MLS and will get the world-class prestige of professional soccer and the increased business and revenue that goes with it. Hodges’ Working Families Agenda now is being played out as a narrative of Minneapolis being anti-business and has caused more division in the city.
Is this really what you expected?
The Star Tribune hints at Hodges’ true character as an aggressive ideologue who isn’t afraid to threaten and bully people. Maybe the Editorial Board is finally seeing Betsy Hodges for who she really is. The Editorial Board should look in the mirror and honestly admit an error in judgment in endorsing Hodges for mayor.
Dan Cohen, of Minneapolis, was a candidate for mayor in 2013.