Fugitive running for Congress

In 1982, police charged dentist Jack Shepard with committing arson against his own office in Minneapolis. Though he denies setting fire to the office, he stopped showing up for court appointments and has lived in Italy for the last 23 years.

And now he’s hoping to be elected on the GOP ticket in Minnesota. Shepard has already lost previous congressional elections in 2002 and 2004. Two years ago, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that Shepard must be allowed on the ballot because there are no laws stopping candidates who do not live in the district or who aren’t eligible voters from running for Congress. So far, he is the only candidate to file in the district.

Minnesota law says he should be able to run for office. Do you agree?

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  1. Why elect Dr. Jack Shepard, because he has the talents and more experience then any other present U.S. Congressman or woman.

    What’s most important in politics is that we elect the person with the most experience.

    Dr. Jack Shepard can address the urgent problems that threaten Minnesotan’s from the dangers from within from the present epidemic of crime and from without from terrorism, that what Dr. Shepard been doing for the last quarter of a century.

    read Dr. Jack Shepard’s, candidate disclosure form at http://candidates.sos.state.mn.us/CandidateFilingSearchResults.asp?x=555

    Dr. Jack Shepard says, By not supporting a market increase to your State Union workers is the same as raising their taxes; another example of what we call good unethical thinking by Amy Klobuchar.

    Ms. Klobuchar refused to support her Hennepin County attorneys that were seeking a market increase during the last contract negotiation so their wages would be representative of the work they do James Appleby-President, Local 2938 on behalf of the Executive Board of Local 2938

    To not give a market increase to your union workers is the same as raising their taxes; good unethical thinking by Amy Klobuchar.

    Amy’s Klobuchar’s 100% wrong for the US Senate; she can not treat her employees correctly how can she represent Minnesota in the Senate with her record!

    Amy Klobuchar talks unethically about Dr. Jack Shepard and Amy Klobuchar takes all the credit for the work of her staff and still treats her employees so bad that her own employees warn us not to support her!

    Dr. Jack Shepard says
    Read the letter below from James Appleby President, Local 2938 on behalf of the Executive Board of Local 2938 bottom, says “As County Attorney, Amy Klobuchar has created a hostile work environment”

    Amy Klobuchar is someone that we do not wish to have as Hennepin County Attorney or give her the chance to “Create a hostile work environment by treating her staff as poorly in Washington as she treats her staff in Minnesota.” says Dr. Jack Shepard

    Dr. Jack Shepard asks does this strike anybody as a shock? read the Klobuchar letter

    The strong feelings of our membership compel the Executive Board of Local 2938 to write you regarding AFSCMEs contemplated endorsement of a candidate for the United States Senate. Our local represents the attorneys and legal professionals in the Hennepin County Attorneys Office who have worked under candidate Amy Klobuchar for seven years. Thus we are in the unique position of providing you with the most comprehensive information necessary to judge Ms. Klobuchars performance on the issues germane to our organization. Four years ago, this local asked Council 14 to withhold the endorsement from Amy Klobuchar. This request was ignored. We do not want that to happen again. The purpose of this letter is to tell you why Ms. Klobuchar continues to be wholly undeserving of AFSCMEs endorsement.
    Throughout her tenure as Hennepin County Attorney, Amy Klobuchar has demonstrated her disdain for the very employees that have placed her in the position to run for the office she now seeks. She has denigrated these lawyers both publicly and privately. She has refused to support their efforts to obtain a fair wage adjustment. She has taken credit for the hard work of her employees. She has severely damaged the morale of the office.
    As County Attorney, Amy Klobuchar has created a hostile work environment. This has resulted in increased grievances from employees as well as informal disciplinary matters in which the union was asked to intervene on the employees behalf. Ms. Klobuchars hiring practices have further evidenced disdain for her own employees. Qualified personnel from her own and other public offices have been rejected because her priority has been to choose candidates who support her ambitions. In a dispute with county investigators, Ms. Klobuchar made no effort to keep these qualified team members in the office. She has even succeeded in diminishing the union ranks by promoting retirement among a group of employees, and then rehiring them as independent contractors.
    In short, Amy Klobuchar is exactly the kind of candidate that AFSCME should oppose.As you are aware, Hennepin County attorneys were seeking a market increase during the last contract negotiation so their wages would be representative of the work they do, and competitive with the wages of attorneys in neighboring jurisdictions. Local 2938 sought Ms. Klobuchars assistance. For months, Ms. Klobuchar refused to support these efforts. Last October Ms. Klobuchar attended a fund raiser for Senate District 19. A former AFSCME member, Lori Schmidt, asked for her position on the market increase. Ms. Klobuchar did not offer any words of support. Instead, she ridiculed the request and characterized it as unreasonable and unfair.
    Around this time, Ms. Klobuchar met with AFSCME leaders in an attempt to obtain AFSCMEs early support. They, too, questioned Ms. Klobuchars support for the attorneys wage adjustment, pointing out that new associates from her former law firm were receiving starting salaries greater than the non-supervisory attorneys in her office that were at the top of the pay scale. Ms. Klobuchar responded that such a comparison was irrelevant since none of the attorneys in her office were competent enough to work in her former firm. AFSCME correctly withheld an early endorsement. Ms. Klobuchar was finally forced to meet with our local 2938s bargaining team in mid-November. She said she would support a fair increase but refused to define what she meant by a fair increase. She promised to assist us, but refused to do so publicly. She promised to support us behind the scenes by advocating for a fair market adjustment with county board members prior to our scheduled mediation. We understood Ms. Klobuchars comments as a promise that she would actively lobby the county board on our behalf. We do not believe Ms. Klobuchar kept her promise to AFSCME. In the end, her behind the scenes assistance was so tardy, weak and grudgingly given that only one member of the County Board clearly recalled having any contact from either her or her management team. Any perception that Ms. Klobuchar sincerely helped our members on this issue is incorrect. We fear that AFSCME will support Ms. Klobuchar based on her unfulfilled promise of assistance.
    The fact that Ms. Klobuchar holds so little regard for her employees has not stopped her from taking credit for their work. She has used the publicity from the many successfully prosecuted criminal cases to give the public the false impression that she was actively involved in those cases. She was not. She presents herself as a dedicated public servant acutely concerned with the publics safety when her only dedication is to her own self-promotion.
    AFSCME represents thousands of working men and women that have dedicated themselves to fairness in the workplace. Council 5s slogan is: One strong unified voice for Minnesota workers. Amy Klobuchar assumes she will receive AFSCMEs endorsement. She believes that AFSCMEs fear that a Republican will be elected will preclude any fair review of her labor record. This must not happen. AFSCME must hold Amy Klobuchar responsible for her shameful treatment of her employees. We, the members of Local 2938, demand that you deny Amy Klobuchar endorsement for the United States Senate.
    James Appleby
    President, Local 2938 on behalf of the Executive Board of Local 2938
    Posted by: Dr. Jack Shepard; Veteran America Service Officer announces he is a candidate for the U.S. Congress 4th CD in GOP Primary election visit http://www.shepardusgov.com

    Posted by: Dr. Jack Shepard, candidate for the 4th Congressional District

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