FORNEY FAILS TO UNSEAT BOURN
It was recently disclosed that Park Board Commissioner Brad Bourn was fined by a state judicial panel for using the names of Senator Scott Dibble and Representative Frank Hornstein on campaign literature without receiving written permission from them for their endorsements.
The campaign complaint against Bourn had been filed by Meg Forney, runner-up for the District 6 Park Board seat. Two other complaints by Forney were dismissed as was a complaint by Bourn.
However, recognizing the validity of Bourn’s other endorsements, including the Minneapolis DFL endorsement, the Panel ruled that the false claim of endorsements did not cause Forney to lose the election, which she was attempting to prove.
The judicial panel stated that it was “unable to conclude that Forney would have been elected had Bourn not claimed the false endorsements. The evidence at the hearing demonstrated that Bourn campaigned for the seat for many months and received the endorsement of the Minneapolis DFL as well as that of other prominent organizations and individuals. Likewise, the Panel is not convinced by Forney’s contention that the effect of the false endorsements was somehow compounded by the use of instant run-off voting in this election.”
Two of the prominent individuals who had endorsed Bourn were Ted Wirth and Former Vice President Walter Mondale. Another significant endorsement was the Star Tribune.
Bourn has stated he will pay the $1,600 fine and “move forward.”
While this was Bourn’s first run for office, it was not the first time for Forney. It is interesting to note that Forney, from a historical perspective, was not a strong candidate. On the contrary, reviewing her previous campaign results, it would appear that she was a weak candidate.
She first ran for the Park Board in 2001, was not endorsed by the DFL, and lost the election to at-large candidates Rochelle Berry-Graves, John Erwin and Annie Young. She ran again in 2005, again without DFL endorsement, and lost the election this time to at-large candidates Mary Merrill Anderson, Tom Nordyke and Annie Young.
So it was not surprising to those who are familiar with Forney’s previous failed political campaigns that she lost a third time.
Co-founder of Park Watch