Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges blasted the “jackass remarks” made by the head of the city’s police union on Tuesday, while Police Chief Janeé Harteau issued a more measured response after four Minneapolis police officers walked off an off-duty job at a Minnesota Lynx game Saturday.Here are the actual remarks, but notice something:
Mayor Hodges wrote, “Bob Kroll’s remarks about the Lynx are jackass remarks. Let me be clear: labor leadership inherently does not speak on behalf of management. Bob Kroll sure as hell doesn’t speak for me about the Lynx or about anything else.”The context -- members of the Lynx wore warmup t-shirts before a recent game that namechecked Black Lives Matter. I'm not sure that was a particularly good public relations move, but the team can do as they please. Bob Kroll, the police union leader, ripped the Lynx for it.
So Mayor Hodges believes Bob Kroll acted stupidly, as another great orator of our time might have suggested. But did you catch the part about labor and management? I thought public sector unions were A-OK with Democratic politicians. Hmmm.