Friday, July 23, 2004

Because If It Is Close...

You know what they will do:

State Rep. Phyllis Kahn, a 32-year veteran from Minneapolis and a key figure in the DFL House caucus, was stopped by New Hope police earlier this week after a citizen complained that she was removing a Republican House member's campaign literature from doorsteps and replacing it with a DFL opponent's material.

The case has been referred to the Anoka County attorney's office for possible charges, officials said.

Kahn could not be reached for comment, but she issued a statement to local media in the northwestern suburb.

It said she "made a mistake in picking up a few pieces of (Rep.) Lynne Osterman's campaign material, which was done without direction from anyone."

On Thursday, one of Kahn's aides hand-delivered a letter to Osterman offering "apologies for picking up a few of your lit pieces." Kahn wrote that she was "interested in seeing what you were saying. I'm sure it will have little effect on your campaign but I know it was wrong and I am sorry."

No word if Kahn stuffed the literature in her pants, socks, or perhaps even a more sensitive place. Laura Billings will no doubt have complete coverage forthcoming.

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