Constituents to Congressman Walz: No on Syria

7:15 PM, Sep 7, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PETER, Minn. - The line that started in the produce department ran all the way past the deli.

Congressman Tim Walz stood in the St. Peter Food Coop Friday seeking opinions on Syria. And did he get them.

"What I want to say to President Obama is you are not the man I voted for twice," said Katheryn Christenson to the Democratic congressman.

Vietnam veteran Charlie Dempewolf suggested to Walz the results of a bombing would be used to further tarnish America. "The very first picture that's going to go worldwide is some dead kid laying on the street."

A count by the congressman's staff had 150 people standing in line. All were given their say and not one of them favored the U.S. bombing of Syria.

"I'll tell you in this county I wouldn't have thought you could get unanimous opinion that today is Friday," said Walz, a military veteran.

After the two hour session, Walz would not commit to a vote, but said it is no secret he is "skeptical" of the current resolution. Walz said the outpouring of opposition in St. Peter sent him a powerful message.

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