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Gazelka kept his pay, broke his promises

Paul Gazelka said in the May 23, 2011 Brainerd Dispatch that he would not take his pay in a government shutdown.  

What happened? The government shut down, and Gazelka took his pay and benefits.

Here's the total of Gazelka's benefits for 2011: 

• Per-diem: $12,040 

• Mileage/travel: $3,022

• Lodging: $13,200 

• Other" $625

Total benefits: $28,887, plus insurance, plus a $31,140 salary. 

An amount of $12,040 is the maximum per-diem allowed. Gazelka took per-diem all seven days a week to get that amount. Al Doty only asked for five days, out of respect for the taxpayers of his district.

Gazelka broke other promises too. He signed the "no new taxes" pledge, then voted to eliminate homestead credit. The result of Gazelka's vote was to raise rural property taxes higher than metro areas.

Gazelka signed a pledge to support all MCCL legislation. He received a 93 percent voting score from MCCL, not 100 percent like Doty received. Gazelka campaigned to create jobs here, but voted against a $19.5 million Camp Ripley project.

Gazelka moved to District 9 in June, but Al Doty lived here over 40 years.

Gazelka made many campaign promises to outside groups and to us, but he broke them.

We can't trust Gazelka. Elect Al Doty.

Roman Witucki

Little Falls