Officials at Minnesota's Moose Lake Sex Offenders Program have lost 24 new 50-inch plasma TVs after Gov. Pawlenty called their purchase "boneheaded." From the Star Tribune:
State officials said the televisions, which were mounted in common areas, made it easier to supervise patients at the 400-bed facility.
But when Pawlenty learned of the purchase in a Star Tribune story on Tuesday, he ordered the televisions removed immediately and sold if possible.
Later, Pawlenty spokesman Brian McClung said that Pawlenty wanted to go even further. "The governor believes those involved should be reprimanded, at a minimum," McClung said. A spokesperson for the state sex offender program said a review is underway.
Pawlenty's pledge to find out who had authorized the purchase, Winkler said, was an attempt to divert attention from high-ranking officials, and showed that "the buck stops nowhere."