Fmr. State Supreme Court Justice To Lead MSFA

Fmr. State Supreme Court Justice To Lead MSFA


GRANTS AND CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ANYONE WHO BUYS FIREARMS. Reporter: GOVERNOR DAYTON IS ASKING A FORMER STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE TO LEAD THE EMBATTLED MINNESOTA SPORTS FACILITY. KATHLEEN BLATTS WILL BE INTERIM CHAIR. OUR PAT KESSLER IS AT THE CAPITOL. A WELL KNOWN NAME. Reporter: SHE’S HIGHLY RESPECTED, THE FORMER CHIEF JUSTICE IS TAKING OVER THE SPORTS AUTHORITY JUST ONE WEEK AFTER THE SUDDEN RESIGNATIONS OF THE AGENCIES TWO TOP OFFICIALS. FORMER CHIEF JUSTICE KATHLEEN BLATTS IS TAKING OVER AN AGENCY IN TURMOIL. SHE DOESN’T SEEM TO MIND. I AM ACTUALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS. THAT MAY BE SURPRISING TO SOME PEOPLE. Reporter: TWO TOP STADIUM OFFICIALS RESIGNED LAST WEEK AFTER AN AUDIT FOUND THEY ACTED UNETHICALLY BY GIVING OUT LUXURY SUITE TICKETS TO POLITICAL FRIENDS AND FAMILY. BLATTS SAYS HER TOP PRIORITY IS RESTORING PUBLIC TRUST. WE HAVE THIS FANTASTIC FACILITY, THIS NEW STADIUM. I THINK THERE’S — IT’S SECOND TO NONE IN THIS COUNTRY. AND IT DIDN’T JUST COME OUT OF NOWHERE. Reporter: THE STADIUM SHAKEUP COMES AS STATE LAWMAKERS MOVE TO OVERHAUL OPERATIONS. GOVERNOR DAYTON WAS HIGHLY CRITICAL OF THEIR INVESTIGATIONS, CALLING THEM POLITICALLY MOTIVATED AND HARMFUL TO THE STADIUM’S REPUTATION. JUST BEFORE NEXT YEAR’S SUPER BOWL. THE AUTHORITY NEEDS TO SUCCEED. THE STADIUM NEEDS TO SUCCEED. WE NEED TO PRESENT TO THE PEOPLE OF MINNESOTA AND PEOPLE OF THE NATION AND THE WORLD OF TRUE AND ACCURATE PICTURE OF THIS OPERATION. Reporter: THE LAWMAKERS SPEARHEADING THE OVERHAUL SAYS HER COMMITTEE INVESTIGATION INTO STADIUM OPERATIONS WILL CONTINUE. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE SPORTS FACILITY AUTHORITY IS NEVER QUESTIONED AGAIN. WHETHER IT’S YEAR ONE HERE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT OR YEAR TEN. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE STRUCTURE IS IN PLACE TO PROTECT THE PEOPLES STADIUM. Reporter: KATHLEEN BLATTS IS NOT INTERESTED IN A PERMANENT JOB WITH THE SPORTS AUTHORITY. TODAY SHE TOLD US THAT WHEN WE REPORT THIS TONIGHT TO MAKE SURE WE PUT EMPHASIS ON THE WORD INTERIM. SHE’S JUST THE INTERIM CHAIR.

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