You may be wondering what exactly the state of North Dakota and Bono have in common? Turns out, absolutely nothing; which makes this story all the more bizarre. The North Dakota House of Representatives defeated a bill on Thursday that would have honored the U2 front-man for his activist efforts; especially those focused on reducing third-world debt. The final count was actually rather close, 58-35, considering Bono has no ties to the state, or in the eyes of some, even to the country. From the article,
“Fargo state Rep. Scot Kelsh, who sponsored the measure, said he got the idea for the resolution from a magazine published by the National Conference of State Legislatures, which mentioned that no state at the time had approved a resolution to honor the singer.
“This is something that does matter to us as citizens of North Dakota, the United States, and the world at large,” Kelsh said.”
One representative thought the measure was being passed to honor Sonny Bono — the former singer, congressman, and husband to performer, Cher. “When I saw the resolution, I was looking for Cher’s name in there,” Republican Gil Herbel mentioned.
I’m sure Noel Gallagher of Oasis could help me with some color commentary on this particular story. I just don’t understand the connection, nor the need to even sponsor a bill like this. North Dakota? Is there nothing else to discuss in that state? I respect Bono for the work he does, I just don’t think he needs (nor wants) to be the recipient of something, that to me, looks like a state marketing.