Running for office, assuming office, is asking people to believe in you, to believe in your vision, to believe in your principles and values — a compact with the people. And what if what you say isn’t who you are? What if you ascribe to Marxist theory (Groucho): “These are my principles. If you don’t like them, I have others!” What if you have strong moral standards for everyone, and different moral standards for yourself? Or if you believe that where it’s convenient or desired, the basic rules of conduct simply don’t apply? The impact ripples so far beyond Zimmerman. What does this mean for his supporters and for the Green Party?


Zimmerman indicted on four counts:

In the St.PPP: Former Minneapolis City Council member indicted

The indictment alleges that Zimmermann, a member of the city’s zoning committee, accepted $5,000 from the developer of the Chicago Commons condo and retail complex, who was seeking a change in zoning rules to allow more retail space.

It also alleges that twice in August of 2005, Zimmermann took $1,200 and $1,000 in cash from the same developer in exchange for help with any zoning issues that might arise in the development of a retail mall catering to the local Somali community.

The indictment also alleges that in October 2004, Zimmermann said he would sign off on some required papers for the newly constructed Franklin Station Townhomes development if that developer would build the retaining wall. When that developer declined, Zimmermann allegedly asked to be given the materials for free so he could build the wall himself.

If convicted, Zimmermann faces a maximum potential penalty of up to 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine on each count. U.S. Attorney Thomas Heffelfinger declined to say what sentence his office would recommend if Zimmermann is convicted.

In the STrib: Former Minneapolis City Council Member indicted for accepting cash

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