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"Debate is good for politics," said Aplikowski in an interview with Minnesota Monitor. "Cowards who hide behind the 11th commandment, spew dime-a-dozen lazy compliments and stab you in the back anonymously need to be held accountable."
Aplikowski was clear on whom he blamed for the party's failures in 2006.
"Ron Carey. Pure and simple," he said, when asked the main factor in the GOP's defeat last year. "No two ways about it. I would challenge him to a duel if I could," he added, jokingly.
Aplikowski was withering in his criticism of Carey and his regime and said that his side has support.
"The grass roots and the people on the [Republican] Central Committee who aren't total zombies -- and it's a thin majority -- finally see not only what a tool Carey is but what kind of snakes support him, and what a dismal mistake it was to support him in 2006," he said.
Aplikowski doesn't directly blame Carey and his supporters for a last-minute anonymous hit piece against him that may have derailed his vice chair bid, one that would have put him on the GOP's Central Committee. But he did say, "I'm not going to name names, but let's just say they think they get the 'final word' on everything."
Aplikowski indicated that he was open to the candidacy of Lt. Col. Joe Repya for chair of the GOP, saying, "I admire the colonel and think he'd be a good chairman." While he thought Repya's recent absence from the state might be used against him, he said, "If it is a Repya vs. Carey choice, on their leadership plans and record, Repya it is." However, he hinted that another candidate for GOP chair might be in the wings.
"There's a dark horse that some of us insiders are talking about now -- an insider with big national money connections plus a huge national and local media presence and a reputation as a get-it-done guy and a giant-killer. The kind of guy we need to take on that slimy trial lawyer you guys have." Aplikowski added cryptically, "Some people I know in both the grass roots and the central committee are feeling a powerful pull."
Aplikowski said that the GOP needs to find its voice, and look to business for ideas on how to craft its message.
"Politics is a business, and the parties have to run that way. McDonald’s doesn’t kick Burger King’s ass by saying Castro eats Whoppers, so Burger King sucks. They sell their juicy, beefy goodness and freedom fries with positive messages and images. Smiles served daily works!"
I called Andy Aplikowski and asked him whether he was being quoted accurately. I read him one of his quotes and he said "I don't have time right now, but I'll look at it, and I'll get back to you."
I also contacted Chair candidate Joe Repya. I said that I understood that Andy Aplikowski is one of his most vocal advocates in the blogosphere. I told him that Minnesota Monitor had just published an eye opening interview with Andy Aplikowski and wanted to get his comment about this quote:
The grass roots and the people on the [Republican] Central Committee who aren't total zombies -- and it's a thin majority -- finally see not only what a tool Carey is but what kind of snakes support him, and what a dismal mistake it was to support him in 2006
Joe Repya stated he "respectfully declines comment" on this. Repya was very much the gentleman during the conversation.