Quote of the day from Minnesota House Majority Leader Matt Dean on Neil Gaiman. He hates Neil and say that he is a “pencil-necked little weasel who stole $45,000 from the state of Minnesota.” Neil’s four-hour speaking engagement at a local library cost the state $45,000 and Matt Dean feels the famous author is not worth that kind of money, especially if the state has to cough up that kind of money.
Describing the comments as “bullying schoolyard nonsense”, Gaiman said Dean’s assertion that he stole the money “is a lie”. “Yes, I gave the money to charities – a sexual abuse one and a library/author one, long ago, when the cheque came in, well before this ever became a political football. But that seems completely irrelevant to this: I don’t like the idea that a politician is telling people that charging a market wage for their services is stealing,” the bestselling fantasy author wrote on his blog. “[But] it’s kind of nice to make someone’s Hate List. It reminds me of Nixon’s Enemies List. If a man is known by his enemies, I think my stock just went up a little.”