The inherent hypocrisy is supposed to be say the functionaries of the peoples’ party (DFL) indulging themselves in the very expensive suites at US Bank Stadium, this indulgence on the public dime….
MSFA gets a couple suites at the stadium as a function of they being proprietor. That’s sensible. How is that not sensible?
Mondale, Kelm-Helgen and the other board members get access to the suites on game days, and they don’t have to buy tickets… It’s incorrect to understand that as a perk or privilege. It’s these people’s job to maintain an expertise on any and all operational details of the building. Anytime they are there on game day, they are adding to their expertise. So their presence on game day is totally understandable as ‘work’. You don’t make people pay to ‘work’.
Hodges doesn’t work for the MSFA, but it’s totally reasonable that she go there and check the scene out as part of her mayoral duties, with the seating a courtesy of the of the MSFA. Doesn’t matter if she was against the stadium or not. And no, you don’t need to be sure to ding her husband $200 at that point to keep things egalitarian. He can be a guest too, that’s fine.
You get some more peripheral governmental figures into the suite on game day (like the city attorney noted) and lobbyists…. I accept Ted Mondale’s explanation that they are building inter- bureaucratic alliances, awareness, and doing some cross selling, etc. This is not actually fanciful.
I think it’s fine Ted gets his father in as a guest, and Walter doesn’t pay (they shamed him into paying…).
At the point board members’ children and their friends are getting the suites on Sunday, I think that will inevitably be spotted and outed as an abuse. Doesn’t seem like it’s happened yet.
Big thing is, suite access isn’t inherently worth $300 a Sunday afternoon or whatever. It’s worth that because of NFL football, and it’s the Vikings who own the suite revenue stream on game day. So it’s not the public who gets shortchanged here, it’s the Vikings. They’ll get by.
Discernment: its not hypocrisy, or whatever the Strib wants to ininuate, though they did succeed in shaming some people into writing ‘reimbursement’ checks.