Mayor TenHaken, “I didn’t sign up for this.”

At the afternoon press conference today (video above) when Paul was asked how Noem is doing with leadership on this issue he told a reporter ‘I didn’t sign up for this’. Last night on FB (video below) he complained about open meeting laws (24 hour notice of meetings) and said he could get more done if he didn’t have to bother with that notice.

Actually, Paul, you could get a lot more done if you would just lead. Under the Charter you have the duty and responsibility to manage the affairs of the city, you don’t need to notice anyone. After almost two years as our mayor you don’t understand leadership, our charter or our open meeting laws. Why is this? Because one of the first things Mayor Selfie did was give executive authority to his COS, Erica Beck, who has been running the city while he has been jettsetting all over the country and world. Hey Paul, you ran to be our mayor, the city manager, didn’t you know what that all entailed? Apparently not.

He also complained in the this afternoon’s press conference that he was tired of employees calling him to complain about their employer. He basically said that wasn’t his job to tell them what to do. Yet, he doesn’t seem to have a problem with telling employers how to recruit mentors or donate money to a rental relief slush fund.

See, folks, Paul does understand one thing, it is a right to work state where people don’t have worker rights do to the lack of widespread organized labor. I agree with Paul, stop calling him, he isn’t going to do anything for you, he has proven that over the past few weeks. I suggest you contact OSHA if you think your employer is endangering your health;

Sioux Falls Area Office Sheila Stanley, Area Director U. S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration 4404 South Technology Drive
Sioux Falls,  SD 57106

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I personally was required to study Marty for over a year for my confirmation classes, and one lesson that Paul should learn from him is that Marty was a great leader who in the face of adversity and crisis in the failed leadership of the Catholic Church didn’t back down to that challenge. If you want to quote Marty, maybe this one will suit you better (it’s from the other Marty)


#1 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 03.25.20 at 6:52 pm

Things must be getting serious around here if the videos are now being filmed in his house and not his garage.

Although, I think the ambience of his garage better matches his trucker hats.

And if my kids, who aren’t in school right now, have a math question, can they call the mayor for help?

In fact, here is a math story problem, that we are currently stuck on:

“If two developers build a fortified car ramp, that was suppose to be attached to a 13 story hotel, but the hotel investors pull out of the deal, then who pays for the multi-million dollar car ramp – which costed an additional $6 million just due to fortifications based on an assumption that the ramp would be attached to a high rise hotel – and how much of it, or do they pay for all of it?”

#2 Reliable Voter on 03.25.20 at 8:48 pm

He’s in a Twitter fight with someone called “Jizlord” now.

We hope for Churchill at Dunkirk but get Devin Nunes suing the Twitter cow.

#3 FAUCI's BACK! on 03.25.20 at 8:54 pm

“…. and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death others.” + I am a conservative, who hates government and government intervention. = We are all screwed.

( and Woodstock adds: “I am afraid the whiskers, t-shirt, blazer, and sneakers were an omen, that we didn’t take”…. (“It’s like an odd cross between Herman Munster and Festus”… ))

#4 What about Dillard's? on 03.25.20 at 9:19 pm

Picking between Grandma and the Cheesecake Factory gives a whole new lethal meaning to the phrase: “OK, Boomer”

( and Woodstock adds: “I heard the kids are on to the mayor”…. “When school comes back and the mayor visits again”… “Many kids, who want more chicks, will be requesting a Hooter’s in town”…. )

#5 OH NO! NOT A "JIZLORD"?! on 03.25.20 at 9:37 pm

Our current mayor is fighting a “Jizlord”? I don’t think Cruisenberry or Schirmer ever fought a “Jizlord”. But then again, they shaved on a regular basis and didn’t become obsessed with a gamer’s world, where one hangs out in a man cave garage wearing a trucker hat and using a Twitter mechanism to fight a “Jizlord”.

#6 hoof_hearted on 03.26.20 at 8:29 am

Paul followed up and said that it was a pour chose of words:

“Yes, poor word choice. Meant to imply we couldn’t have predicted this. We will press on.”

Its too bad that out of the 16 Attorneys the city has none of them can come up with or find the laws to cite to vote for the closures needed.

#7 D@ily Spin on 03.26.20 at 9:46 am

Tener and five on the council signed up for kickbacks from developers. To pay for their crime, they must now serve a long term and expose themselves to the virus in public at council meetings. Good news, after long terms exposing themselves, they don’t have to register as a sex offender.

#8 Scott D Hudson on 03.26.20 at 12:17 pm

This is the problem with politics these days. Nobody runs for office to be a leader. They just want the title and the accolades. That’s been my issue with Paul from the beginning. He wants nothing but pats on the back.

#9 D@ily Spin on 03.26.20 at 12:17 pm

I didn’t know there were 16 attorneys at the city. For Munson, there were 2. Proof that the city is 8 times more illegal? Isn’t this because Strong Mayor Charter is often contested? When can we get back to simple democracy? Whenever the city goes to court they lose constitutionally. Why not return to the pre 1996 charter with few lawyers and less litigation?

#10 "They know what to do"... "Maybe"... on 03.26.20 at 12:23 pm

If he didn’t sign up for this, then what is his “tool bag” for?

#11 "OK, Boomer." on 03.26.20 at 12:48 pm

CNN just reported that Cheesecake Factory won’t be able to pay its April rents at over 300 stores nationally.

(“Say Grandma, are you still able to make good cheesecake?” …)

#12 scott on 03.26.20 at 5:30 pm

where’s proven positive alex jensen been during all this? show us your leadership skills boy!

#13 Paul ElevenHaken on 03.26.20 at 7:39 pm

There have been three outbreaks of the plague. None of them occurred during the time of Martin Luther. I’m sick of politicians spreading fake news.

#14 l3wis on 03.26.20 at 7:57 pm

It was August of 1527 and the bubonic plague had come to Wittenberg, Germany. Everyone who could get out of the village was getting out. The Elector of Saxony, John the Steadfast, ordered the famous professor and reformer, Martin Luther, to leave. He refused. Along with his pregnant wife Katharina, Luther stayed in Wittenberg, opening his house as a ward for the sick.

#15 scott on 03.26.20 at 8:37 pm

my guess is covid-19 will be over just in time for pth and noem to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of chick-fil-a.

#16 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 03.26.20 at 9:16 pm

Yah, a new Chick-Fil-A and Chipotle with a closed mall behind them.

#17 Tool Shop on 03.27.20 at 6:50 am

“If he didn’t sign up for this, then what is his “tool bag” for?”

Don’t ya know he’s just a tool

#18 "Woodstock" on 03.27.20 at 10:51 am

“I am starting to get really nervous”…. “Can’t we just start talking about only Chic-Fil-A again?”……

#19 "Woodstock" on 03.27.20 at 1:32 pm

“Art contest?”…. “Why didn’t Cuomo think of that?… (“I wonder what the age limit is on that?”….)

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