Senator flip-flop

To the Editor:

Last week the front page of the Post Review said,  “Why local legislators voted no on the stadium.”   This is not the complete story for Senator (FLIP – FLOP) Nienow.  Sen. Nienow voted YES…. on the preliminary passage of the Viking Stadium bill on May 8 when it passed  the Senate 38 – 28.  It was two days later when he voted against the legislation that he said YES to earlier. The point is, Sen. Nienow voted YES for the Viking Stadium, before he voted no.

Why his confusion and the half truths?  I wish I knew.  Did he change his mind from YES one day to then being against it just two days later, or like a national candidate  … he too has become an “etch a sketch” candidate, or was he just playing some kind of risky political game.   Playing political games with a nearly $1 billion dollar piece of legislation is serious game playing and should not be happening with those elected to represent us in St. Paul.

Being for or against important, major, costly legislation can be understood by the people of the district.  However being both for and against the same legislation is irresponsible, quite risky and not playful.

This seems to be a classical example of a politician taking a firm stand on both sides of the issue.  Sen. Nienow’s voting record on this issue is clear, he is a flip – flop Senator.  Stop it!

Dick Welch


  • michele Lentz

    Those who watched more closely saw that the Senator had to vote yes in order to make a motion to reconsider because the debate was being closed off. One has to have placed a yes vote for a motion to reconsider to be in order.

    Always check the facts. Anyone could ask the senator his position and he would be straight up in his response. In fact you can read his article on this issue at his website: (3rd article down)