Congressman Pete Stauber says he wants bipartisanship, but I don’t believe him. A politician’s words aren't exactly dependable. I'm more interested in actions and votes.

Stauber just emphatically voted no to a bipartisan infrastructure bill that would bring hundreds of millions of dollars to our region to rebuild roads, bridges, and leaking water and sewer pipes, as well as expand rural broadband, protect against wildfires, and more. He voted no to this bipartisan effort to create hundreds of local jobs.

He also voted no to a bipartisan investigation into the attempted Jan. 6 coup that resulted in deaths. Over the pleas of fellow police officers to investigate, Stauber voted against trying to find out what led to the deaths.

Protecting our right to vote and our free and fair elections is as bipartisan as you can get, yet Stauber voted no to protections in spite of overwhelming support from voters, former election officials, and good-government groups across the political spectrum.

So, when Stauber says he’s looking for bipartisanship, I take out my shovel. I live on a farm and know that when it looks like it and smells like it, don't step in it.

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Erik Peterson


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