Minnesota Republicans are getting a lot of attention these days. Tim Pawlenty is going to be at the forefront of the 2012 Presidential race, and Michelle Bachmann is too kind of a hot MILF-looking lady. And then there’s Minnesota House Majority Leader Matt Dean, who said, in comments regarding a bill to change certain arts funding appropriations so that organizations will have to compete for them rather than get them outright, that he “hates” Neil Gaiman — perhaps one of the great nerd genre authors of all-time — because of a $45,000 speaking fee Gaiman got for a four-hour speaking event at a local library. Dean added that Gaiman, who lives in the state, is a “pencil-necked little weasel who stole $45,000 from the state of Minnesota.” Eh, we’re still psyched for the Doctor Who episode he’s got coming up.
The deets of the whole situation are at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune here and, via Gaiman’s Twitter, here. Gaiman also complained in a tweet that Dean had posted Gaiman’s blog post on his own site and claimed copyright; Dean’s site subsequently went down and the offending post was removed this afternoon.