Mondale Hopeful On Stadium Despite GOP’s Dismay Over Veto

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — Feelings at the State Capitol are a little raw these days, with some republicans very upset with the Governor’s veto of the tax bill.

Senator Julianne Ortman said Friday that there will be consequences.

“The Governor has burned what may be the last bridge to working with legislators at the Capitol this year,” said Ortman.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Susie Jones Reports

However, Ted Mondale, who chairs the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, is spearheading the stadium effort and says unlike the tax bill, there is bipartisan support for the stadium bill.

“We’ve got the city and the state, and the Republicans and the Democrats, and the Governor, all tied together here. Charities, labor, business, I mean this doesn’t happen very often.” Mondale said

Mondale hopes that people can be positive.

“Say, hey, this is really a good thing,” he said

He called it a bizarre week for those watching the stadium debate unfold. He also said he believes it will get done sometime next week.

“It’s going to require a couple of things. You know, there’s this thing about Zellers, we wouldn’t be on the House floor if Zellers isn’t helping,” he said.

Mondale says some fans have been rather emotional, sending some rather angry emails, and voice mails to the office of legislators.

“If you’ve had a few too many cocktails, and you watch the news, don’t call your legislator and tell them you are going to burn their house down,” he said.

Mondale is hoping that people will see the positives in a new stadium as we near “Game Day” on Monday.

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