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Monday, November 27, 2006

It Seems Like Kiffmeyer Will Be Running for Olson's Seat

She's quoted in the Sherburne County Citizen:

Chair of the Sherburne County Republican party Mark Swanson said the party would follow their basic political organizational constitution in the event a special election becomes necessary. It would fall to them to nominate a new Republican candidate.

"I can't say anything about that," Swanson said. "He (Olson) has talked to our organization."

When asked if he still supported Olson, Swanson said, "No comment."

While there is no official comment, the likely candidate would be Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer, who lost her bid for reelection this year.

Kiffmeyer, who lives in Big Lake Township, upgraded election technology while in office and points out that Minnesota leads the nation in voter turnout. She has not ruled out running in a special election.

"I am open to anything," she said.

Olson, who is scheduled to reappear in court to answer the charges Dec. 12, spent two nights in jail asked for forgiveness from God, his wife, his family and the public when he was released last week.

Olson declined to enter a plea to the charges and appeared without an attorney. The court appointed an attorney for him. He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to stay away from his wife and family and their home. He was permitted to retrieve his personal belongings.

Olson denies allegations he has been abusive to his legislative aides in the past, specifically throwing a typewriter at a secretary after his first term in office and yelling at his legislative aide in 1997.

Sviggum took away his secretary after the first incident and recommended Olson receive counseling after the second. He attended only two meetings. No legal charges were filed.

Olson initially said this was the first time he had heard these allegations.

If Kiffmeyer runs, someone will have to pull up the text of that infamous dildo ban bill her husband authored when he was in the legislature.

There's more at Dump Mark Olson.