Months ago, Tarryl Clark announced that she was joining the Blue Green Alliance, undoubtedly thinking it would be an asset in her campaign:

Tarryl Clark joined the BlueGreen Alliance as National Co-Chair of Jobs21! Prior to her work on Jobs21!, Tarryl was elected to the Assistant Majority Leader of the Minnesota State Senate after an unprecedented 11 months as a state senator representing conservative-leaning central Minnesota.

Before her election, Tarryl led the Minnesota Community Action Partnership, coordinated the Northwest Area Foundation Devolution Project, and focused on policy and systems change work at the Children’s Defense Fund-MN and the Legal Services Advocacy Project. Tarryl uses the skills she gained as attorney, counselor, organizer, project developer, commissioner, youth minister, researcher, coalition builder, and mom to bring people together and find common ground in developing and implementing high-impact strategies to ensure the opportunity for everyone to achieve their potential and to increase the quality of lives.

Powerline’s post has me thinking that Tarryl’s decision will backfire if she wins the DFL primary:

In addition to the environmental groups like the NRDC and the Sierra Club, unions like SEIU have also joined an umbrella organization (the BlueGreen Alliance) to lobby for federal funding for “green” projects. Collectively, these groups have been involved in hundreds of lawsuits with the federal government over stopping fossil energy projects. Key political appointees at the DOI are former employees of the NRDC and other environmental groups.

Like the Department of Energy, DOI did not adequately vet the financial health of several of these favored companies. The failures of Solyndra and Beacon Power are well known, and reports indicate that at least two other companies (Nevada Geothermal and First Solar) may go bankrupt in the near future. But as ABC News reported, a pattern has emerged whereby green energy firms receive taxpayer dollars and then file for bankruptcy—“but not before the firms doled out six-figure bonuses and payouts to top executives.”

I can’t imagine Tarryl benefitting from “being involved in hundreds of lawsuits with the federal government over stopping fossil energy projects” in the general election. I can see it helping her with Arrowhead voters but the MNGOP, NRCC and Crossroads GPS would crucify her with this information in the general election.

Similarly, I can’t imagine Tarryl having an easy time explaining how she supported loans for green energy companies that went bankrupt…right after they “doled out six-figure bonuses and payouts to top executives.”

CD-8 doesn’t need a legislator well-skilled in the art of crony corruption. It doesn’t need Tarryl Clark.

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7 Responses to “Tarryl Trapped in Blue Green Alliance Scandal”

  • walter hanson says:


    That might help her win a primary which I thought she wasn’t going to win, but that would definitely doom her general election hopes.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • eric z says:

    I don’t know about others, but I like clean energy. I think there’s much to be said against exporting tons of cash to the Saudis. Clark is smart that way. Others, less so.

  • eric z says:

    And where do you get “scandal?”

    Answer: you make it up.

    That’s excessive and only a personal judgment.

    Five minutes in the penalty box. A major. Not just two minutes for roughing.

  • Gary Gross says:

    So it’s ok to let union workers sit idle? It’s ok for the federal government to spend money on investments it knows are going bankrupt? Those aren’t scandals? You’ve got an interesting set of values.

    PS- No 2 minute minor. No 5 minute major. It’s a game misconduct for you. And if you argue with me, it’ll come with a 5-game suspension.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Tarryl’s an idiot. There isn’t a smart bone in her body. Wasn’t it you complaining about Bush & the Saudis? I guess things are different now that the foo is on the other shoot?

  • walter hanson says:


    If you’re the type of person who wants to impose penalaties for inaccurate posts than I guess you have earned a year suspension because you don’t know any mom works hard.

    So be honorable and serve your year. I look forward to seeing you in 2013 when you might only care about debating policy instead of throwing out insults.

    So since I’m talking about needing to debate issues what is wrong with exporting dollars to Alaska, North Dakota, or a friendly country like Canada to get oil from North America.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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