Gov. Mark Dayton, traveling the state to chat over budget and tax issues with the public as part of "Meet with Mark" events, found a hostile audience in Shakopee Monday night, and exchanges got testy.
The audience heckled and interrupted the governor, and at one point he said, "I’ve been all over the state and I’ve never had people behave this rudely. You know, if you want to say something, raise your hand and get a mic.”
Here's the video, posted by the Minnesota Jobs Coalition.
"I’ve been all over the state and I’ve never had people behave this rudely. You know, if you want to say something, raise your hand and get a mic.”
Dayton spokeswoman Katharine Tinucci later told the Star Tribune that members of the audience "were not interested in hearing answers or having a discussion."
There were about 200 in the crowd, reports MinnPost, which has some detailed blow-by-blow accounts of the 90 minutes Dayton spent under fire. Dayton knew this was not friendly territory. Scott County voted for Mitt Romney in the November election by a 56 to 41 percent margin.
The recurring theme was spending and taxes, MinnPost noted. Dayton got into a fruitless back-and-forth with one woman about how much of every $1 she earns she gets to keep. One man seemed insulted by Dayton's assertion that he ran on a platform of raising taxes and that "elections have consequences," MinnPost reported.
“When you say, ‘Elections have consequences,’ it’s almost a slap in the face,” the man said. “It’s like you’re saying, ‘Shove it.’"