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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

GOP Party Chair Race Getting Nasty

Andy Aplikowski at Residual Forces puts out regular attack pieces on Ron Carey, the incumbent chair.

Repya's High Road to Victory

I think he's probably referring to the MN Autism Story that ran today in the Strib and was the topic of a large portion of the Bob Davis show on AM1500 this morning.

Davis's podcasts are here. I believe this would be Friday's show. There were two articles in the Strib on this topic.

Most interesting:

One of the board members who brought the lawsuit against Carey is fellow Republican Tim Wilkin, a former assistant House majority leader. He was defeated in November, and Gov. Tim Pawlenty appointed him in January as assistant commissioner of operations at DHS.

Wilkin couldn't be reached for comment Thursday.

Aplikowski gets nastygrams from Carey's staff.

MN Publius publishes Carey's email defending himself about the allegations in the stories in the Strib.

Aplikowski picks it up and attacks Carey.

Triple A keeps it going with several posts about the Carey Autism Center mess and reliving the loss in 2006.

Comments over at Residual Forces are quite lively. Both Carey supporters and detractors are commenting. I found this one telling:

# Jesse Says:
April 23rd, 2007 at 1:32 pm

So Repya supporters now need to get behind Carey just because he is part of an investigation? Something tells me the Carey supporters didn’t run to back up Eibensteiner when he had baseless charges thrown at him.

I don’t think this should be the one and only thing that people decide the MN GOP chair on, but I think it would be short sighted to not have a discussion on the subject and at least consider it when choosing the next chair. Especially since we already see the party getting pulled into this with stories about it in the paper and MN GOP officials responding to reporter questions on the subject.

In the end, I think you need to take a look at Carey’s record as chair as a whole (including this story…) and see if you are happy with that (BTW, didn’t we dump the last chair because he lost 11 or 12 seats?).

I wonder how Ron Eibensteiner feels about how history appears to be repeating itself.