Letter to the Editor Anoka Union October 17, 2008. Permission to post was not requested nor received as it is found in the public domain.
To the Editor:
Is anyone wondering what kind of political animal Bjorn Skogquist resembles as he campaigns for Anoka County commissioner?
On one hand, he is serving as campaign chair for Andrew Boho who is running on the DFL ticket for the House seat in District 48B. He should be commended for doing so; it is one of those thankless but necessary jobs in working for a liberal DFL candidate in Anoka.
But if you check Bjorn's campaign financial report, you find that several of his largest supporters are active members of the Minnesota Taxpayers League, undoubtedly the most conservative arm of the Minnesota Republican Party.
The only candidates the League ever supports are those who will vote against spending of any kind that has to do with mass transit, economic development and any project involving investing in our infrastructure.
Managing a campaign for a DFL candidate for the Minnesota House and also being supported himself by the most conservative Republican sub group in the state certainly makes for strange bedfellows.
It would appear the political animal that Bjorn Skogquist most closely resembles is the chameleon, a little creature that changes color every time it finds itself in a different environment.
Anoka City Forum comment: Perhaps Mr. Skogquist resembles the little creature aka a career politician. He is keeping a foot in every door possible as he can't be sure this early which one will open to him and provide the greater opportunity.
Besides DFL and Republican affiliations Skogquist has served as treasurer for the Independent Party of Minnesota (IPM) for the 6th Congressional District. He has also hosted an Independent Party meet-up on eminent domain issues at Billy's in Anoka.