I picked up a couple cookies for the girls and couldn't believe what I saw.
Here's Ron Case's Campaign Advertisement as well as a couple of Commentary pieces about the Dunn Bros lease taped to the glass near the cash register.
Here's a stack of Ron Case's campaign literature at the cash register:
There's another stack of Case literature on the bulletin board:
I asked to speak to the owner - I told her that this was a City owned building and there's no way that any campaign literature should be displayed. She said that any candidate was welcome to display. I said again- this is a City owned building and she's a lessee and that there's no way that candidate literature should be displayed.
She explained that they have had Norm Coleman and Jenifer Loon (Republicans) speak at the Dunn Bros. I asked if Norm Coleman or Loon campaign literature was being displayed at the cash register? No- but Loon had accidentally left a sign outside when she spoke there and there was a phone call to take it down- which she did.
I let her know it was very bad business to display ANY political literature at a private business. Can you see Starbucks having a stack of Obama lit at the register? She made the argument that a Dunn Bros franchisee at a strip mall may be able to do so- perhaps (it would still be foolish) but, the franchisee at the strip mall isn't sitting in a taxpayer-owned building.
She finally said that Ron Case's son works there and it was his idea to display the literature. I said she was the boss and needed to make the decisions. She also said she felt "used" and had "no idea" what she was getting into with the lease and the political fight. I actually felt bad for her- but not bad enough to tolerate using a taxpayer-owned building as Ron Case's personal campaign headquarters.
She told me all of the literature would be removed.
In the end- I blame Ron Case. What is he thinking? I know what he's thinking- that the Dunn Bros coffeehouse is his personal accomplishment- it's a reflection of him and he deserves to have his lit displayed for all he's done. This isn't the first time when Case has used taxpayer resources to campaign for office, but it's the first time he's been called on it.
I've made jokes about Case and his ego- but using businesspeople stuck in the middle of your political fight is not a joke. Mr. Eden Prairie has stepped over the line.