Chaudhary no longer in the running for Senate seatThe north metro senator who pushed last-minute language for Fish Lake into a state natural resources bill won’t be back for another term in the Legislature.
By: News Tribune staff and wire , Duluth News Tribune
The north metro senator who pushed last-minute language for Fish Lake into a state natural resources bill won’t be back for another term in the Legislature.
State Sen. Satveer Chaudhary was beaten Tuesday in the Democratic primary by former Rep. Barb Goodwin.
Democrats stripped Chaudhary of their endorsement and gave it to Goodwin after learning of the special fishing rule on Fish Lake, north of Duluth, where Chaudhary owns a cabin.
Chaudhary secured the special regulation by asking the bill’s House author, Rep. Dave Dill, DFL-Crane Lake, to insert it during a floor debate. It would have increased the stock of larger walleyes in the lake, probably through limits on the fish harvest.
Chaudhary told the News Tribune he promoted the regulations after receiving inaccurate information that a majority of nearby residents wanted the change. Gov. Tim Pawlenty later vetoed the whole bill in part because of the provision that he said “may have been improperly inserted.”
Chaudhary already had said he would work to rescind that provision of the law early in the 2011 legislative session.
However, the law technically would have remained on the books until then.
Fish Lake resort owners were worried about losing business because of the potential walleye restrictions, and natural resources officials said they would have had to work to satisfy the new law until it was rescinded.
Chaudhary’s troubles multiplied soon after when he acknowledged owing the federal government about $250,000 in overdue income taxes. He later paid the taxes.
“I congratulate Barb Goodwin on her victory, and wish her the best in her bid for the Senate,” Chaudhary said in a statement on his website. “Our community has privileged me with 14 wonderful years of service in the Legislature, and I am grateful for the time I was given. I helped make real change, from conservation to education, and it’s something I’ll always be proud of. My family and I are looking forward to a fresh new chapter in our lives.”