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Monday, April 02, 2007

Minnesota Party Chair Race Gets Nasty

Andy Aplikowski from Residual Forces suggests that people who signed on endorsing Ron Carey's campaign for state chair, did so without knowing there was an opponent.

The list of names on Ron Carey’s letter sent out last week and received by select Republican State Central Delegates and Alternates this weekend may actually be inaccurate. This list (referred to as a ‘Steering Committee’ by Carey in the letter) may have been gathered over the last 2 months, well before Col. Joe Repya’s entrance into the race just last week. The listed people may have offered Carey their support back when he was seemingly going to be unopposed for party Republican Party Chairman, because “who else were they going to support?”

Given the emerging news on Repya of last week, and the rapid deployment of this letter, a couple questions come to my mind.

  1. Did Ron Carey verify all of the names listed on his “Steering Committee” before he sent this letter?

  2. Did Carey give these people a chance to consider being publicly involved in this now competitive race before he sent the letter out, following the Repya announcement?


The Drama Queen is commenting on this thread. Aplikowski has banned me from commenting on his site. I had tried to leave a comment on an earlier post of Andy's after he had called into the Final Word questioning Carey's claim that Michele Bachmann had endorsed him. Andy deleted the question.

Matt Abe from North Star Liberty is skeptical about Ron Carey and responds to Drew Emmer's post supporting Carey.

Emmer says, "We all could have done a better job last fall. Ultimately the wins and losses belong to the candidates." OK, so you're saying that state Republican candidates had a mass case of malaise in 2006? Au contraire, I saw lots of Republican candidates campaigning hard on the ground — but where was the close air support from the state party? Does all of the blame belong to the candidates?

"My primary concern for the chairman position," continues Emmer, "is the ability to raise significant money to win back the majorities in 2008. I know Ron can raise the dough." Well, my sources are saying that the DFL out-fundraised us in 2006 big time under chairman Carey. Will Carey find that the Norm Coleman campaign, presidential campaign, and the Republican National Convention are enough to float our boats to majorities back in Saint Paul? Or would a new fundraising commander-in-chief, such as Let Freedom Ring's favorite, Joe Repya be more effective?

Michael Brodkorb has thrown his support wholeheartedly behind Ron Carey. He stated as much on his radio show last week. He also stated that Joe Repya was a great American Patriot.