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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Koering Gets Endorsed by Republicans

Koering gets the GOP Endorsement - after 7 ballots. From the Brainerd Dispatch:

At the GOP endorsing convention Tuesday at the VFW in Little Falls, Koering outlasted challenger Kevin Goedker through seven ballots for the District 12 endorsement, finally winning by a vote of 63-42. Sixty-percent of the ballots were needed for the endorsement.

After the seventh ballot total was announced, Republicans burst into cheers and applause.

"I'm very, very happy, very honored to win the endorsement," Koering said. "And it's on to November to beat the Democratic opponent."

Goedker, a Brainerd City Council member, said he was undecided as to whether he will mount a primary challenge.

The previous six ballots were close, with Koering consistently two votes shy of the 60 percent needed for the GOP District 12 endorsement. After five ballots, the convention voted down a motion for no endorsement and they conducted a 10 minute question-and-answer session with the candidates.

At that time, an emotional Koering indicated he was in the race to stay.

"I spent seven years of my life to get this job and now I just lay over and die? I'm running for office," Koering said. In a show of support, Koering brought nine senators with him to the Little Falls endorsing convention, including Senate Majority Leader Dick Day, R-Owatonna.

Earlier, Rep. Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd, announced his support for Goedker because Goedker was more fiscally and socially conservative. After the endorsement, Gazelka said he needed a few days to decide whether he would support Koering.

It will be interesting to compare the Taxpayer League record on both of these. Paul Gazelka apparently is very obsessed with gays, and has problems with Koering for that reason.

More coverage at the Lake Country Echo.

So Goedker is running against an endorsed Republican candidate. Will Ron Carey do anything to defend the Republican Party endorsement on this one?

From the comments:

I don't know if you check comments after the fact...but since this post was the most pertinent, I decided to comment on it. Just FYI, and you may already know this, but Bachmann wrote a nasty letter against Paul Koering without anyone's knowledge and sent it to his House appeared on Goedker's literature table at the convention yesterday and caused a huge uproar. She has nothing invested in that race, no reason to be was completely personal against Sen. Koering. If you can get your hands on a copy it might serve this blog (or dumpbachmann) well! That's all...if you already knew that info, sorry for the repeat!

I called Paul Koering to ask about this. Koering told me he saw the piece - which was on Senate Stationary. He did not pick up a copy of this. If others were at this convention, and have a copy of this, please email me a scan at: