Letter: Say 'No Thanks' to County Board Candidate

Johnson urges residents not to elect the candidate to the Washington County Board.

Once again Bill Pulkrabek is running for Washington County commissioner.  This time we should tell him "No Thanks!"

Commissioners Pulkrabek and Lehrke support breaking state law which requires garbage be processed into fuel and support polluting groundwater. At the Sept. 24 county commissioners board meeting they refused to subsidize a Newport trash processor by voting "no." 

While working as our county commissioner, Pulkrabek, thru his one-person company "Tilt, Inc" was also being paid nearly $17,000 by the MN Republican Party.  This unethical behavior occurred during Tony Sutton’s tenure as chair of the MN Republican Party. Sutton later resigned leaving a nearly $2 million debt.  A request by other Republicans, led by former GOP candidate for Chair Joe Repya, for a forensic audit of Party finances was withdrawn last July. It’s ironic that Pulkrabek and Lehrke complained the Newport garbage facility wouldn’t open its books, while the state GOP fought to keep theirs closed.

Pulkrabeks’s finances aren’t the only areas of questionable ethics. 

Pulkrabek is currently on probation stemming from a case of  domestic assault with his girlfriend (not his wife) in May, 2011. He served as campaign manager for Michelle Bachmann in her first campaign for school board for District 834 in 1999. He endorsed Michael Brodkorb for Deputy Chair of the Republican Party in 2009. Now Brodkorb is suing the MN State Senate, costing taxpayers thousands, because of an affair with Majority Leader Amy Koch.

After 14 years it’s time to tell Bill Pulkrabek "No Thanks!"   


— Pam Johnson, Stillwater

Jon Mast October 17, 2012 at 01:50 AM
I don't vote for people who beat/strangle women.
Hannah Gruber October 17, 2012 at 02:48 AM
A comment has been deleted due to profanity. Please keep the posts clean of foul language.
Resident of Oakdale October 22, 2012 at 08:00 PM
John Kysylyczyn, it is obvious you have a scary disregard for our justice system. Minimizing the act of a violent domestic assault is something you seem to have in common with Bill Pulkrabek. After reading your diatribe, it's safe to say that there are reasons some of us don't want our name "out here". Perhaps it's because wingnuts like you who don't think hitting, pushing, choking, dragging someone by their hair down a flight of stairs is a problem. Or that protective or restraining orders can save lives. Although you also don't appear to live in Washington County, our community had numerous domestic situations that have ended horrifically. It wasn't minor and it wasn't that long ago. Many of us haven't forgotten. We sure don't consider it "old news."
John Kysylyczyn October 22, 2012 at 08:11 PM
I don't have a scary disregard for the system, I just happen to know a lot about it. I have studied numerous cases, attended court hearings, and heard hours of testimony in the Judiciary committees and have testified on bills. I do think there are real domestic abuse problems out there. But when you examine the system, what you see are a set of laws that do little to protect people from the true violent offenders. What government does is give people a false sense of security that in many cases has turned deadly. I believe that many protective or restraining orders actually ramps up situation rather than calm it down. I have also seen how the system gets manipulated to position parents in divorce cases. It is pretty much standard operating procedure to manufacture protective order cases in contested divorce cases with children. In one case an attorney was telling me about, the petitioner filed for a protection order claiming that she suffered from emotional abuse because the respondent called her "fat" on one single occasion. If not for the good work of an expensive and well qualified attorney, that order would have quickly have been made permanent. That is generally what always happens.
Far Away April 24, 2013 at 04:16 AM
I have suffered at the hand of Pulkrabek's abuse. It is real and I must live with the memory every day. Until you are a victim, please keep your speculations to yourself.


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