Republican Infighting in Minnesota Has Gotten White House Attention
From Kennedy v the Machine:
Pawlenty left extremely angry. He spent roughly thirty minutes with Bill Pulkrabek between the first and second ballots attempting to get him to endorse Eibensteiner — an unlikely prospect, but considering Pulkrabek chaired Eibensteiner’s 2003 reelection campaign, not completely out of the realm of the possible. Pulkrabek left the meeting and immediately endorsed Carey. The Governor was last seen storming out of the State Central meeting, having taken the defeat very personally — as it was probably intended by the 193 delegates who voted for Carey.
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News of the friction between Pawlenty and the Carey supporters spreads fast - so fast that none other than the White House called, during the convention, to attempt a start to smoothing over the hurt feelings. With Pawlenty's emotional exit, that obviously wasn't accomplished today.
As they say in the big leagues, more news as this story develops. . .
On the comments I asked about this:
# Eva Young:
June 11th, 2005 @ 10:00 pm
Where did you hear that the White House called? That's quite interesting.
# First Ringer:
June 11th, 2005 @ 10:24 pm
Several high sources managing State Central and a couple of high-profile SD Chairs along with the normal chit-chat game of telephone that happens on convention floors.
Oooh, anoymous sources. We’re so like the Washington Post.
I'll try and get more info on it.
Developing. . .
There's quite a cat fight about the party on another of Kennedy v the Machine's comment threads.
UPDATE: REW from Powerliberal has an account of another Saturday Morning Catfight.