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DFL accuses legislator of sending false political letters to the editor

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ST. PAUL -- The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party says a veteran Republican legislator improperly accused four DFL state representatives of voting for a $3.7 billion tax increase.

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The party filed paperwork with the state Thursday saying that Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston, made the accusations against Reps. Jay McNamar of Elbow Lake, Tim Faust of Hinckley, Shannon Savick of Wells and Joe Radinovich of Crosby in letters to the editor.

Davids’ letters, nearly identical in each of the four districts, say a February vote they and other Democrats took represented their support of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget, which includes sizable tax increases.

DFL Chairman Ken Martin in his official complaint, however, claims that the action was a procedural vote, not a vote for or against the Dayton tax plan. He said Davids, an 11-term state House veteran, knew that and he violated a state law that bans false political letters to the editor.

The four lawmakers Davids singled out won by just a few hundred votes. Martin said Davids wrote no letters to the editor about DFL lawmakers who won by comfortable margins.

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