“Mr. Perfect”

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"If you run into Cal, shake his hand. He is a rare breed these days. If you get a chance to be the friend of Cal and Ellen, consider yourself blessed. 31B is in good hands so long as we have someone like Cal Bahr representing us. And I am blessed to call him friend."

This is not a satire. This is not a cut. On the contrary, it is nothing but praise. Besides all of which, besides being my Representative, Cal is also my friend. Then why come up with a smarty so-so title like "Mr. Perfect"? Many already know this - some do not. Calvin (Cal) Bahr was the ONLY Representative to receive a 100% grade from the Taxpayer's League. A perfect score.
Some on the Left might read this and turn up their noses. "So what? Anyone can vote NO all the time! That is not lawmaking!" True statement - and I agree. But with Cal Bahr it is different. Cal has the unique ability to practice the lesson most of our parents tried to teach us. The difference between "want" and "need".
Please don't get me started. On second thought, listen to Jeff Johnson for a while. He is chomping at the bit to get into the Governor's chair so he can weed out ALL the programs which were passed solely on "want", rather than "need". The cost of our state government has gone up like a Roman candle due in part to useless "want" programs. With law makers like Cal, there would be no more "want" programs - only "need". And if perchance one slipped through the cracks, Governor Johnson would NEVER sign it into law.
What makes Cal Bahr so special then? Nothing really. Hard working man. Good family man. Army veteran. Oh, one more thing. He has studied and believes in the United States and Minnesota Constitutions. In fact, when he raised his hand and promised to uphold and protect, he meant it.
In less than two weeks, the election will be over. Voting for Cal to represent 31B for another two years was as easy as falling off a log. Cal does not have to do this - it certainly is not for the money. No, Cal does this because it is the right thing to do. Cal is first and foremost, a patriot. He loves Minnesota and does not want to see it devolve any further.
If you run into Cal, shake his hand. He is a rare breed these days. If you get a chance to be the friend of Cal and Ellen, consider yourself blessed. 31B is in good hands so long as we have someone like Cal Bahr representing us. And I am blessed to call him friend.