Senator Miller’s statement on false campaign literature distributed by his opponent


(6/13/2016)

Minnesota State Senator Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) issued the following statement regarding the false campaign literature that has been distributed by his opponent, Jon Pieper (DFL-Lanesboro).

Miller’s statement, “It has been brought to my attention that my opponent is distributing campaign literature that contains false information. The literature says, ‘Your current State Senator only showed up to vote once in the last week of the 2015 legislative session. He missed 80 important votes.’ However, the Senate Journal shows I was present every day during this period and of the 76 roll-call votes that were taken, I voted 75 times. One bill contained language about recycling, so I excused myself from voting to prevent any potential perceived conflict of interest.

“I hold my position as a state senator in the highest regard. I’ve worked extremely hard to earn respect from the constituents I have the honor of representing by being honest and focusing on the facts. You really have to question the integrity and motives of a candidate for public office who flat-out lies. Mr. Pieper has a reputation of using negative and misleading campaign rhetoric, but this is a new low, even for him. It will be difficult for him to build credibility by deceiving the voters in this way.”

Miller has a long list of legislative accomplishments, some of which include property tax relief for farmers by fixing the Green Acres program and working with law enforcement to make dangerous synthetic drugs like “plant food” illegal. He worked to increase investments for school districts in greater Minnesota and to reform the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system (MnSCU) to help make college more affordable. He worked to bring funding increases to nursing homes and organizations that provide support services to people with disabilities. Miller honored our service men and women by securing funding for the new Southeastern Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery and worked to pass an income tax exemption on military pension income. He is also a co-founder of the well-respected Purple Caucus, which is considered by many Capitol-watchers as the most effective bipartisan group of legislators in St. Paul today.

Miller represents Fillmore, Houston, and Winona counties in the Minnesota Senate. He was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2012.

 

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