Interrupted by hecklers who didn’t agree with his support for higher pay for legislators, an obviously agitated Dayton said, “I’ve been all over the state, and I’ve never had people behave this rudely. You know, if you want to say something, raise your hand and get a mike.”
Well done, governor. Public figures too often back down or storm off when confronted with blowhards.
You can sort of picture the offenders in the “Meetings with Mark” audience even though they weren’t visible in the video of the forum that circulated Tuesday. Just recall the last road-rager you encountered, or the dolt who jumped in front of you in the checkout line.
Rude behavior is an epidemic, and Dayton’s willingness to call it out was refreshing.
Scott Gillespie is the Star Tribune's editorial page editor.
Scott has been editorial page editor since 2007 and has overall responsibility for the Editorial Department. He was the lead editor on "Separate and Unequal," the series of editorials on underfunded Bureau of Indian Education schools that was a finalist for a 2015 Pulitzer Prize.
Before joining Editorial, Scott was managing editor at the Star Tribune, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the newsroom. During his five-year tenure in that role, the news staff produced awarding-winning coverage on the death of Paul Wellstone, the war in Iraq and the collapse of the I-35W Bridge. Before being named managing editor, Gillespie served as the paper's assistant managing editor for local news and assistant managing editor for business news. He has more than 30 years of news reporting and editing experience at newspapers in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He served as a Pulitzer Prize juror in 2004, 2005, 2011 and 2012. Gillespie has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been an adjunct faculty member in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. He lives in St. Paul with his family.
About five years ago we told our two teenage sons that we might invest in a small family cabin in western Wisconsin. They were excited, as you might guess, but with a caveat. "We'll still go to Burntside, won't we?"