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Vikings Stadium Update: Minnesota Rep. Dean Urdahl Goes Off During Republican Party Meeting, According To Report

Rep. Dean Urdahl lost his cool when discussing the recent passage of the Minnesota Vikings stadium bill, according to the Litchfield Independent Review.

Democrats were generally more supportive of the bill than Republicans, but Urdahl, a Republican, nonetheless voted in favor of the proposal. And he apparently didn't appreciate having to explain himself.

From the Independent Review:

Responding to criticism within the party over his stadium vote, Urdahl turned visibly upset at a Meeker County Republican Party Executive Committee meeting held in Litchfield at the Main Street Cafe.

"Was the Vikings bill the most important thing? No, it wasn't!" Urdahl shouted as about 20 people listened inside a small room at the back of the cafe. "But it was what the people wanted us to do."

While standing, Urdahl slammed his hands on a table as he chastised fellow Republicans for calling Monday's meeting to consider whether to withdraw the party's endorsement for Urdahl. Urdahl told the group that "all the things you cry for" would have been sacrificed if he and other Republicans had failed to pass the stadium bill.

"This was a vote to help preserve our majority," Urdahl said.

The article goes on to say that Urdahl threw a crumpled piece of paper, which contained prepared remarks, at fellow Republican and State Senator Scott Newman.

After passing through state congress last week, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed the stadium bill into law Monday.

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