Port: Fargo city commissioner mocks Native Americans, tells homeless people to ‘get a job’

MINOT, ND — Dave Piepkorn, who was just reelected to another term on the Fargo City Commission earlier this year, is something of a rude bully.

This isn’t new to anyone who has paid attention to Fargo city politics. The editorial board of the Fargo-Moorhead Forum even kind of approved it for that.

“Piepkorn has become the most outspoken member of the commission,” the newspaper writes to explain its decision to favor the incumbent for another term. “Whether you agree or not, Piepkorn makes it clear what he supports and what he doesn’t support.”

Unfortunately, at last night’s city commission meeting, Piepkorn was “adamant” in his use of crude stereotypes, complaining about “intoxicated Native Americans” during a debate on public safety.

He was “clear” when he told people who use the Downtown Fargo Engagement Center, people with mental health issues, addictions and homelessness, to “find a job.”

There were 14 other candidates for the municipal commission.

Was that brash, bawling breast really the best Fargo voters could do?

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service and the host of the Plain Talk podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.


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