It's been said that Bjorn Skogquist has a well-earned reputation for saying untrue things, opposite things and strange things.
Until recently this embarrassment was kept "in the family", locally here in the City of Anoka.
The Union quoted Skogquist, "It's not my job to argue with the State Legislature."
This was in regard to legislation giving Anoka more latitude in HRA (Housing Authority) appointments.
This mixed up fellow proceeds to do just that. . .argue. By independently lobbying the State Legislature against the proposed legislation.
This legislation increases local latitude and city options. The local elected official known as the mayor actually lobbied against this latitude and option.
Equally troubling was his unauthorized use of city letterhead and his false claim he represented the "Official Position of the City of Anoka." (A St. Francis city councilmember is facing recall for much less offense of operating out-of-bounds.)
Well, the final vote at the Capitol was 131-0 in the House and 65-0 in the Senate to allow Anoka this local flexibility in their own affairs.
It was supported by resolution by the Anoka City Council 4-1.
How embarrassing, Mr. Skogquist.
At one point in the city newsletter you requested feedback on how you were doing...
Well, you have embarrassed yourself and the City of Anoka statewide. Thanks to you, we now have a statewide reputation as a dysfunctional city.
You have argued when you publicly said you wouldn't.
You have falsely presented your own power-grabbing position as the "official city position". Your reputation as not-exactly-a-boy-of-your-word now extends to the state capitol.
Follow-up: Currently Bjorn Skogquist thinks he can be an "effective county commissioner", an "ambassador", a "statesman" even.
As mayor of a city, Skogquist couldn't influence a single lawmaker in St. Paul.