Senator’s door is always open

To the Editor:

Recently a letter was written expressing disappointment that someone couldn’t see me on her group’s visit to the State Capitol, and I apologize for making her feel I wasn’t interested in her concerns. I take all constituents’ concerns very seriously.

It’s a very busy time of year at the Capitol. We’re trying to finish the session a month early, saving taxpayers’ money. As assistant majority leader I’ve learned to keep my schedule flexible. I’m in many meetings at the same time; most aren’t on the Senate floor. I gladly work 12-hour days daily. I’m happy to put in as much time as it takes to get the job done.

We’re at a critical turning point in our state, so at the Legislature we must be thorough and accurate, not just for this biennium, but for future generations. I do not take this responsibility lightly.

I know of two groups that I missed visiting, though we have met several times before; a gay rights group and the other was AFSCME, a public employee union group.

My door is open to any constituent, whether we agree or not. I’m sincerely sorry to have missed anyone who has come to see me. — Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd