Roper, Eric

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NEWS RELEASE –Minneapolis Mayoral Candidate confronts Vikings’ Lester Bagley, MSFC Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen, with questions and a “Stop the Vikings Stadium” Petition Drive
Four Minneapolis Mayoral candidates, including Vikings Stadium foe Dan Cohen, agree at Wednesday’s meeting to launch a “Stop the Vikings Stadium” petition drive Candidate Bob “Again” Carney Jr. confronts MSFC chair: “… the Wilfs have been found guilty of civil racketeering and fraud. The judge in that case said she has never seen an accurate financial statement from the Wilfs. With that in mind, how can you think that ‘due diligence’ is going to do any good? Why should we believe that they’re going to provide accurate financial information?”
Contacts: “candidate-journalist” Bob “Again” Carney Jr., news release author, main contact for this meeting cell: (612) 812-4867; bobagaincarneyjr@gmail.com Captain Jack Sparrow, Wednesday meeting event organizer cell: (612) 386-6538; occupirate.cjsparrow@gmail.com

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Minneapolis, 8/30/2013 – Acting with a mandate from a meeting of four Minneapolis Mayoral candidates, Bob “Again” Carney Jr. confronted Vikings spokesperson Lester Bagley and Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen with a “Stop the Vikings Stadium” petition, and a question about the usefulness of due diligence. Fellow candidate Captain Jack Sparrow was with Carney, but they arrived at about 10:00, thinking the Council would take awhile to work their way to the Vikings agenda item. They were wrong – Carney barely made it to the meeting before the item was taken up – Sparrow’s willingness to continue to sweat in uniform for the cause went largely to naught. “It’s my fault for not organizing things to get there earlier,” Carney said, hitting his forehead palm-open. Carney and Sparrow were pulled over by the Minneapolis Police en route, but were detained only briefly. Neither has any complaint over the incident. Sparrow brought along five 2’ x 4’ posters of Barney, titled: “Barney’s Save the Dome -- the Movie” – a rewrite of the original text: “Barney’s amazing adventure – the Movie.” Sparrow stated: “The transformed posters depict Barney holding a football in one upper appendage, and a dollar bill in the other. The poster also shows Barney wearing a large Green Bay Packers helmet over his heart. Barney is mostly purple, but has a green underbelly. This poster was meant to depict my call for Minneapolis or Minnesota to offer a token amount of one dollar to be part owners of the Green Bay Packers – the only NFL team that is owned by the community it claims to represent. I would ask that the Wilfs sell the Vikings to Minneapolis/Minnesota – however, in its wisdom the NFL has decided not to allow any more NFL teams to be owned by the communities they are supposed to represent.” Carney distributed to the City Council a brief resolution approved by the four candidates, calling on the City Council to defer approval of the stadium design, pending further consideration by the Governor and the Legislature. Unfortunately, this was only minutes before the City Council approved the stadium design, part of a larger agenda package, on a 12-0 roll call vote. Council member and Mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges, who has touted her opposition to the Stadium, voted with the rest. Carney re-entered the chamber just after the vote, counted the twelve members by wagging his right index finger, and then gave an admonitory gesture with the same index finger to Council Member Cam Gordon, who responded with a shrug.

Stadium proponents unveil strategy: Run (or walk) Away!

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Camcorder in hand, Carney attempted to question Lester Bagley at a news event Bagley was conducting outside the Council Chamber, with this result: Carney: “Mr Bagley, of course referring to that lawsuit…” Bagley: states he’s only talking to the press, implying Carney is not a journalist. Carney: “I’m a candidate journalist, I consider myself a journalist…” interrupted by another person who considers themself a journalist. Carney (later): “Mr. Bagley, there are four Mayoral candidates who are advancing a petition calling for the State of Minnesota not to sign any contract with the Wilfs, and calling on the NFL to replace the Wilfs as owners…” Bagley offers to talk to Carney later. Bagley and Carney walk down the hall, away from a news conference being conducted by Michele KelmHelgen. Bagley – “OK.” Carney – “Sir, four Mayoral candidates are advancing a petition calling for Minnesota not to sign any agreement with the Wilfs, calling for the NFL to replace the Wilfs as owners, and calling for the Vikings to continue to play in the Metrodome, which we the people have paid for, unless there is voter approval of any use of public financing. Do you have any comment on that?” Bagley – “No. Uh, good luck with it.” Walks away. Carney then joined the Kelm-Helgen scrum, and managed to insert a question, as follows: Carney: “Madam Chair, the Wilfs have been found guilty of civil racketeering and fraud. The judge in that case said she has never seen an accurate financial statement from the Wilfs. With that in mind, how can you think that ‘due diligence’ is going to do any good? Why should we believe that they’re going to provide accurate financial information?” Kelm-Helgen: “We’re verifying all the information,” turns and walks away. Carney concluded: “Apparently the regime’s plan is to form a circle so big that everyone in it will think they’re standing in line.” <end>

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