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Minnesota Politico’s “Promised” Teaching Gig Dries Up: He Learns the Hard Way What It’s Like To Be An Adjunct

by Jon Tevlin

Tom Emmer thought he had a deal.

Emmer (below right), the Republican who lost the Minneapolis governor’s race to Mark Dayton, had been in talks with Hamline University to teach a business class at the St. Paul school. He had even had discussions and exchanged e-mails about the syllabus and textbooks.

And then the offer of a job as an adjunct “executive in residence” professor was withdrawn. Emmer says a few faculty members who didn’t like his conservative politics — especially his anti-same-sex marriage stance — had started to complain.

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“Everybody who knows me knows my skin is pretty thick,” said Emmer. “This is probably the most personal feeling I’ve ever had.”

Wow. News flash: Tom Emmer, the bombastic, tough-talking and often abrasive politician and talk show host, has feelings. He actually sounded hurt.

As Emmer and I chatted, the story got stranger and stranger. It sounded like something you’d see on the television show “The Good Wife.” Check that: It was pretty much the plot of the show two weeks ago when a character playing a professor was fired for her conservative, anti-gay views. (Emmer says he isn’t familiar with the show).

Back to real life.

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