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Saturday, June 09, 2007

Republican Presidential Candidates on Don't Ask, Don't Tell

As ColoradoPatriot on GayPatriot reports, the Human Rights Campaign is doing something right for once.



CP comments:

As much as Republican candidates want to ignore or refuse to deal with this issue, it will not go away. We have example after example of men and women like Antonio Agnone, Eric Alva, Jason Knight and even badly needed Arabic translators like Steven Benjamin (see video below) serving honorably and in combat with no effect on “unit cohesion”. We’ve seen changing attitudes in our society and the military itself regarding the service of gays, along with just about every one of our NATO Allies who already experienced lifting their own bans on homosexual soldiers with little problems. Pandering to the extreme Right may buy the GOP votes in the short term but this will come back to bite them in the ass and cost them dearly far sooner than they think. In the meantime, what is this doing to our efforts in the GWOT when competent personnel that are very much needed are turned away or discharged for being gay? Apparently votes matter more to some Republicans than the best interests of our nation and victory in the GWOT. There is much to criticize the Democrats for, particularly on matters of defense, but on lifting the ban they are ahead of the Republicans. How sad that even such conservative icons as Barry Goldwater would be tarred with being a “liberal” because he didn’t toe some absurd extremist line that has captured today’s GOP. As Goldwater rightly observed:

“You don’t have to be straight to be in the military; you just have to be able to shoot straight.”

I am so tired of having to fight this asinine policy, yet for the sake of those serving now and those to come in the future but also for the military that I love this battle must be fought until this discriminatory law is repealed.

Peter "Leatherboy" LaBarbera Puts Out Hysterical Message on Holsinger Nomination

Here.

TAKE ACTION: Help counter the pro-homosexual lobby’s smear campaign attempting to “Bork” Dr. James Holsinger, President Bush’s nominee for U.S. Surgeon General. Here’s how:

1. Call your U.S. Senators at 202-224-3121 or write them (http://www.congress.org/) and politely urge them to support Dr. James Holsinger, Jr. as Surgeon General; the members of the Senate Health Committee, which will first consider Holsinger, can be found HERE (e-mail the committee at: help_comments@help.senate.gov) – but Holsinger’s nomination will likely be voted on by the whole Senate, so tell your Senators to use their influence to insure that he is treated fairly;
2. Thank the White House (202-456-1111 or -1414; e-mail: comments@whitehouse.gov; www.whitehouse.gov/contact) and urge the President to stand by Dr. Holsinger and not to be swayed by the pro-homosexual lobby’s distortions and anti-Christian bigotry;
3. Tell your friends to support Dr. Holsinger with a quick e-mail or call.

Click HERE TO READ DR. HOLSINGER’S 1991 PAPER, “PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF MALE HOMOSEXUALITY,” which liberal, pro-homosexual groups are distorting to discredit him.

Dear Americans For Truth Reader,

By Peter LaBarbera

Folks, anti-Christian homosexual activists and their liberal allies are out again in force to take down another good man — Dr. James Holsinger, Jr., President Bush’s nominee for U.S. Surgeon General – who happens to agree with the ancient Judeo-Christian moral understanding of homosexual practice as unnatural, unhealthy and wrong.

The ABC report below is Orwellian in its framing of the campaign against Dr. Holsinger – a Christian medical doctor (cardiologist) who also holds a doctorate in anatomy and physiology. Holsinger is being vilified because he wrote in 1991 that male homosexual sex practices are unhealthy, and because he believes that men and women can abandon homosexuality.

The ABC report below — which includes a politically correct quote by the spokesman for the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) — implies that Holsinger’s writings, such as his 1991 paper, “Pathophysiology of Male Homosexuality,” are obsolete and way outside of the scientific mainstream. Hello… Has there been some change in human anatomy (perhaps some hyperactive “evolutionary” mutation in the last 16 years) that suddenly makes rectal sex between men natural and good for the human body?

Please take a few minutes to read Dr. Holsinger’s 1991 paper, reprinted on our website. It was written for a United Methodist Church committee studying homosexuality. See for yourself if the paper has the ring of extremism. Here’s an excerpt:

From the perspective of pathology and pathophysiology, the varied sexual practices of homosexual men have resulted in a diverse and expanded concept of sexually transmitted disease and associated trauma. “Four general groups of conditions may be encountered in homosexually active men: classical sexually transmitted diseases (gonorrhea, infections with chlamydia trachomatis, syphilis, herpes simplex infections, genital warts, pubic lice, scabies); enteric diseases (infections with Shigella species, Campylobacter jejuni, Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia lamblia, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis non-A, non-B, and cytomegalovirus); trauma (fecal incontinence, hemorrhoids, anal fissure, foreign bodies, rectosigmoid tears, allergic proctitis, penile edema, chemical sinusitis, inhaled nitrite burns, and sexual assault of the male patient); and the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)” (Owen, 1985).


It's good to know that Holsinger's got the support of the guy who keeps on doing "undercover research" at International Mr Leather. The other thing I find rather odd about all this is why Peter LaBarbera doesn't research straight swingers, or Leather.

A study now shows that 50% of evangelical men and 10% of evangelical women are addicted to internet pornography. I wonder what Peter LaBarbera would say about that.

Chair and Deputy Chair Race

Ron Carey won in the Minnesota Party Chair Race (57%). Dorothy Fleming won as deputy chair.

Does this mean a mandate for Carey? I think it means Carey does have to work at regaining confidence of the grassroots - and also candidates who ran for legislature.

Aplikowski has a good writeup of what happened at the convention.

Since this is an internal party matter, no campaign committees or disclosure is required for how much things cost for either campaign.

I have heard that 3 CD units (1st, 3rd and 7th) are forming their own fundraising units because they know that if people send the money to the state party, it will all go to Norm Coleman.

I talked to Cullen Sheehan, Norm Coleman's campaign manager. He said Norm Coleman was officially supporting Carey. I'd heard from an informed source that a letter from Coleman was originally going to go out, but that was pulled after the Strib Story.

I talked to Joe Repya, and he said he feels he did pretty well considering that his was an upstart campaign that started 6 weeks ago.

Happy Hours Before State Central Meeting

I stopped by the different happy hours last night at the Hilton. I got a chance to talk to both Joe Repya and Ron Carey. Repya was showing off some wireless technology for obtaining voter id, should he become chair. He also talked about how he wanted to start a Camp Reagan to compete with Camp Wellstone.

I also chatted briefly with Ron Carey. Carey made a point of saying that though it seemed that some in the Republican Party did not want me at events, he was glad I was coming to party events, and that I was welcome. That was nice to hear after horrific reception Ken Avidor and I got at the 6th District Central Committee a month ago.

Friday, June 08, 2007

More Comments About Bill Clinton Advising Kerry to Throw Gays Under the Bus

Paul Begala was on Stephanie Miller this morning. Part of what he talked about was how Hillary really displayed leadership during the debate when she talked about the need to get rid of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. This suggests that the Hillary Clinton campaign is worried about the effect of John Aravosis's post on this topic.


I think you can read too much into Clinton's statements. He's a politician first and foremost. I don't think he has any anymosity towards gay people, that's obvious.

I wonder if Clinton just did the math, and felt like the margin that was in the balance, that could flip enough people, was the biggoted independants.

****

WOW. I was totally on board for Hillary's campaign, but this gives me some real pause. I am now re-thinking my support. This is very upsetting.
Dave Hale | 06.08.07 - 11:51 am | #

Once again it seems that this is right out of the Republican playbook. Divide the Democrats and then the Republican wins. People, everything was going well in this country when Bill Clinton was president, stocks rose, real estate was high, jobs were high, people were happy. Bush comes in and poof: It's all gone, misery all around the world. Everything this guy touches turns to shit. That should be the focus. Someone needs to put the US back into being the good "guys".

BTW, Kerry did through the Gays under the bus in Massachusetts. He came out actively for the anti-gay marriage amendment in this state and warned the state Dem. Committee not to put equal marriage in the state platform.
BB | 06.08.07 - 6:21 am |

Indeed Clinton should not have run those ads on Christian radio (and I believe his campaign apologized for that). But that doesn't change the fact that DOMA was conceived, pressed, and passed by the Republicans who controlled Congress - and of course they did it to set him up. And the fact remains that Clinton had no choice but to sign it. Get real.
Phillip | Homepage | 06.08.07 - 12:08 pm | #


Clinton made the choice to sign the bill.

I don't care if 70% of the people were against Gay marriage when Clinton signed DOMA. The Government is there to protect minorities from the ignorance of the masses. Just once I would like the Dems to be LEADERS and stop playing politics with my life.

Bubbles,
That bullshit about how Gays should be content to be "thrown under the bus" so a Democrat is put in the White House is so OVER! I'm taking you down with me this time!
Dula | 06.08.07 - 12:19 pm | #

"I think you can read too much into Clinton's statements. He's a politician first and foremost. I don't think he has any anymosity towards gay people, that's obvious."

That's exactly the point, there's no principle here - he reminds me of Norm Coleman on this topic. Norm also has no personal animosity towards gays, but has no problem with pandering to bigots for political gain. The question is whether Hillary agrees with that tactic, or does she have different morals that Bill Clinton on this point.
MN Skeptic | Homepage | 06.08.07 - 12:58 pm


Aravosis was on Signorile's show this afternoon to talk about this issue. I hope he posts the audio.

Stirring things Up on Aravosis's Comment Threads

From Aravosis's comment thread to his story about Bill Clinton advising Kerry to Throw Gays Under the Bus in 2004.

Gary sez:

If the Democratic nominee advocated the death penalty for gays, I would still happily vote for them.

EY: How many others here would vote for a Democrat who advocated the death penalty for gays?
Eva Young | Homepage | 06.07.07 - 11:52 pm | #

Folks - you act like Clinton sat down one day and wrote DOMA and ran it up to the Hill yelling "Bob Dole -look what a great idea I have!" The Rs passed DOMA in large part to set Clinton up. If he had vetoed it he very likely would not have been reelected (remember this was 1996 when something like 70% of the country strongly opposed gay marriage - and remember how the state gay marriage bans reelected Bush in 2004). Clinton had no choice but to sign DOMA - don't be so naive.
Phillip | 06.07.07 - 11:54 pm | #

Haven't you ever seen a president or governor sign legislation he or she knew would be overturned if it went to the federal courts? DOMA violates the Full Faith and Credit clause of the US Constitution. Why do you think the homophobes are pushing so hard for a Federal Constitutional Amendment? Because they know, the second they get challenged in court on federal grounds, their refusal to recognise a legal marriage from another state will be overturned. But if you want to sit home or vote for Ralph Nader because the Democratic Nominee doesn't base everything on what Gays and Lesbians want, go ahead. By the way, of course, once DOMA is overturned, the constituional amendment will sweep through. Might I suggest you wait for a little better political atmosphere before tackling that one.
TAS

EY: Nope, TAS, what John is doing is calling on Bill Clinton's history of marginalizing gays for political gain. I haven't read Bill Clinton's book, but understand that there was barely a mention of the gay people who had been very helpful in his campaign. Clinton will pander, he'll sign gay pride proclamations - but will he do anything of substance?
Eva Young | Homepage | 06.07.07 - 11:58 pm | #

I find it so fascinating how straight people just assume Gays will sacrifice their Civil Rights in order to save the US from Republican rule...I don't give a shit anymore. Let what is left of this silly nation be destroyed. I will not be a martyr for you.
Dula | 06.08.07 - 12:31 am | #

I would like to hear her say the words, "When I am President I WILL repeal DOMA." I will be listening. Though electing more Democrats that support such a JUST ACTION is imperative as well.
Libertine | 06.08.07 - 12:32 am | #

...you expect us to just sit by and be happy for you when you get married, get tax breaks, get your spouse's social security benefits, etc...you expect us to just sit there with a stupid grin on our face, satisfied with the fact that a Democrat is in power...FUCK YOU!
Dula | 06.08.07 - 12:36 am | #

Folks - you act like Clinton sat down one day and wrote DOMA and ran it up to the Hill yelling "Bob Dole -look what a great idea I have!" The Rs passed DOMA in large part to set Clinton up. If he had vetoed it he very likely would not have been reelected (remember this was 1996 when something like 70% of the country strongly opposed gay marriage - and remember how the state gay marriage bans reelected Bush in 2004). Clinton had no choice but to sign DOMA - don't be so naive.
Phillip

EY: Aw, a variation of "the bitch set me up".... That's not the case, Phillip. If that had been the case, then Clinton would NOT have advertised his support of DOMA on Christian radio.

It wasn't just that Clinton supported DOMA, he supported using the issue to marginalize gays - read the quote from Time Magazine that John cited.
Eva Young | Homepage | 06.08.07 - 1:42 am | #

All that is left is to figure out which rightwing billionaire is paying Shrum for his lies.
Paul in LA | 06.07.07 - 9:28 pm

EY: Aw, that Vast Right Wing Conspiracy again... The black helicopters are circling, eh Paul?
Eva Young | Homepage | 06.08.07 - 1:43 am | #


I couldn't resist.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Bill Clinton Reportedly Told John Kerry to Throw Gays Under the Bus During the 2004 Election

John Aravosis has gotten straight to the source, and has gotten conflicting stories between the Kerry-Edwards campaign, and the spokeperson for Bill Clinton.

The Kerry Edwards 2004 campaign says Bill Clinton tried to throw gays under the bus. Bill Clinton's office says it's not true. Who do we believe? And what does this mean for Hillary Clinton's presidential run?

As Pam Spaulding noted last week, Democratic political consultant Bob Shrum claims in his new book that during the 2004 elections, Bill Clinton advised John Kerry to support the Federal Marriage Amendment, i.e., the anti-gay amendment to the US Constitution that would have banned gay marriage and vitiated scores of other rights that gay couples may have, including health insurance, inheritance, child custody, parenting, and more. Shrum reports that Kerry refused to endorse the amendment.

I decided to check with Bill Clinton's office and the Kerry-Edwards 2004 campaign to find out if this is true. Here is what I found.

Jay Carson, spokesman for President Clinton told me:

"I checked and it's completely untrue. He never advised John Kerry to support the gay marriage ban President Bush was pushing."

A senior Kerry-Edwards 2004 campaign staffer told me:

"It's definitely true. Newsweek had reported that Clinton had said Kerry should support some of the state [anti-gay] ballot initiatives. Clinton believed it would be this grand master stroke to neutralize Bush's base."

I went back to both President Clinton's office and the Kerry-Edwards campaign official, asking them to reconcile the apparent discrepancy. Clinton's spokesman stands by his denial - to the best of his knowledge, it didn't happen. The senior Kerry-Edwards 2004 campaign staffer also stands by their statement that it did happen, noting that Clinton's denial was "typical Clintonian revisionism."

(As an aside, I also went back to Clinton's spokesman to make sure that he wasn't parsing his words - i.e., Clinton never advised Kerry to support the anti-gay amendment that Bush was pushing, but did he advise him to push any other version of the federal amendment? Clinton's spokesman assured me that there was no intent to parse, Clinton never advised Kerry to support any version of the federal constitutional amendment.)


I think the question to ask is whether the Newsweek story was accurate - that Clinton had suggested Kerry publicly support state anti-gay ballot initiatives in the southern states. For most people, there's not too much difference between supporting the Federal Marriage Amendment, and supporting the state anti-gay ballot initiatives.

Aravosis concludes:

The final proof that legislative gay-bashing is still something President Clinton recommends as smart Democratic politics? Bill Clinton wanted to make sure that John Kerry's presidential defeat in 2004 would be blamed on Kerry's unwillingness to sufficiently bash the gays. That's the most sensible explanation for why he made the following leak to Newsweek within days of Kerry's loss (Kerry-Edwards campaign staff tell me that they were not the ones who leaked this to Newsweek, and Clinton and his people were the only other party involved).

From Newsweek:

President Clinton, who signed the Defense of Marriage Act when he was in the White House, advised Kerry in a phone call early in the campaign to find a way to support the state bans. Kerry never considered abandoning his principles to that extent, but he also didn’t take seriously enough the threat.

So now the gays lost Kerry the election. Priceless.

It gives me no joy to bash Bill Clinton. I cannot express sufficiently how much I admire the man's intellect and his political acumen. We had lunch with him last fall, and my first thought was "this is what a real president is like." He possesses so many of the qualities that our party and our politicians lack nowadays. But the man is politically amoral. Not immoral - amoral. And he, along with his amoral campaign aide Mark Penn, are the top advisers to Hillary Clinton's presidential run. And that should give every supporter of gay rights, civil rights, or any other issue, serious pause.

There's already a growing concern in the gay community that Senator Clinton, while "good on paper" on gay issues - and once considered remarkably good personally - will throw us under the bus if and when she becomes president. And let's be clear. We're not talking about some arcane tax policy issue. We're talking about our lives. Having the Democratic party's top two legislative gay-bashers as her top two advisers, men who will betray any cause, any principle, any supporter, for a bump in the polls (read more about Mark Penn's own loyalty problems here and here), does nothing to assuage those growing concerns.

PS And if I'm wrong, if Bob Shrum is wrong, if the senior Kerry-Edwards campaign official is wrong, if history is wrong, then let Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton publicly repudiate DOMA in its entirety.


Go read the whole thing.

The one thing in Clinton's favor over the Kerry-Edwards staffer, is the Clinton spokesperson went on record, and the high level Kerry Edwards staffer would not go on the record on this. In those cases, it's nice to get a second source from the Kerry Edwards staff.

Bickering Over the Minnesota GOP Chair's Race

Andy Aplikowski's blog is providing the forum.

# rinos4repya Says:
June 7th, 2007 at 5:48 pm

Hey Andy, do you have any comment on this story from Checks and Balances that was sent out to thousands of people today?

# Andy Says:
June 7th, 2007 at 6:16 pm

Asshat:

C&B is a liberal website run by DFLers.
# rinos4repya Says:
June 7th, 2007 at 6:24 pm

Another non-denial from Repya’s campaign. I haven’t heard someone plead innocent this much since the O.J. Simpson trial.

See you Saturday Andy, I’ll be watching for your reaction. I have a camera phone that will be on you the entire time.

I know you called me Asshat, but that story from Checks and Balances had to sting. Thousands of political insiders were emailed that story today. Thousands Andy, not hundreds.

Your name is associated with the Star Tribune story on Care and it was sent to thousands of political insiders Andy. It’s not just Democrats that read Checks and Balances.

I may buy stickers for Saturday that say “Andy Did It!”
# mattma Says:
June 7th, 2007 at 9:31 pm

MN judge requests investigation of Mr. Carey for possible fiscal mismanagement. Investigation report sent to U.S. Attorneys office. Mr. Carey says he’s not fault. It’s the Strib and Hatch’s attacking him.

Former MRP staff member letter leaked to press. Chairman Carey’s fiscal mismanagement is challenged. Issues were taken care of after the letter was brought to the attention of legal counsel and Exec committee. Other confidential documents removed from MRP offices under Mr. Carey’s watch. But again it’s just another hit piece by the Strib against Mr. Carey.

More elected Legislative and Constitutional officers replaced by DFL members then the last election cycle. But it’s not due to his lack of attention to these candidates; it’s because of the Iraq war.

Yep, I want Mr. Carey to lead this party for another two years.

# mrtruth Says:
June 7th, 2007 at 7:41 am

What about the rumor i’m hearing that someone else is going to pop up at the meeting as another candidate?

Some people seem to have a hard time understanding that elected officials are ALMOST ALWAYS going to support current party chair. They don’t want to crap where they eat.

I still don’t know where my vote is going. I am starting to think neither guy is the right person for the job.

As for the documents Ron got rid of many employees so the chance someone got documents is not difficult. Some people think there idea of the party is more important than the cause.


And the soap opera continues.

Carey v Repya: The Soap Opera Continues

Checks and Balances Weighs In:

Carey Facing a First Ballot Victory

Republican Party Chairman Ron Carey is expected to be reelected without much effort on Saturday at the Prom Catering Center in Oakdale. Carey has mounted a formitable [sic] list of party activists, Congressional District Chairs and elected officials during his grassroots campaign effort. His opponent Joe Repya, a Persian Gulf War veteran has developed no traction with the Republican Central Committee delegates.

Recent allegations raised against Carey in the Star Tribune are being linked to the Repya campaign specificly to Andy Aplkowski [sic], the blogger from Residual Forces. Aplkowski [sic] has admited [sic] having access to the information the Strib published regarding lack of payments into an employee retirement fund and has denied being the source of the stroy [sic]. The Repya campaign has been forced to defend against the allegations they had any involvement in the story and released a statement to that effect to GOP delegates.

We always like to point out the apt political adage in times like this, “if their [sic] explanin they’re not gainin.”


The question is whether Shawn Towles tried to develop sources in both campaigns to write his story.

Dr. James Holsinger - Log Cabin Republican Press Release

The Senate confirmation hearings should provide rich entertainment.

News Release
For Immediate Release
June 7, 2007

Contact: Scott Tucker
Log Cabin Republicans-Washington, DC Office
(202) 347-5306
stucker@logcabin.org

Log Cabin Republicans Urge Senate to Reject Nominee for U.S. Surgeon General

Dr. James Holsinger Unfit for Nation’s Top Medical Post

(Washington, DC) –Log Cabin Republicans urge the Senate to reject Dr. James Holsinger’s nomination to serve as U.S. Surgeon General. “Dr. Holsinger’s professional views about sexual orientation fall far outside the scientific mainstream, and call into question his ability to fairly deal with critical medical issues,” said Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon. “While the President should ordinarily receive the benefit of the doubt in his appointments, the post of U.S. Surgeon General requires a nominee who relies on science and fact.”

Holsinger's professional opinion on gays and lesbians is contained in an eight-page report that he wrote in 1991 for the United Methodist Church, entitled, “Pathophysiology of Male Homosexuality.” The report, which goes into graphic detail about sexuality, has received harsh criticism from medical experts for its ideological overtones and false statements about the nature of gays and lesbians. He argued in the report that homosexuality is biologically unnatural.

Holsinger was a founder of Hope Springs Community Church in Lexington, Kentucky. The church operates a so-called “ex-gay” ministry, which seeks to change a person’s sexual orientation—a concept that has been debunked by every major medical and psychological association and mainstream researcher who has studied this issue.

“The medical community has long rejected the notion that sexual orientation can be changed,” said Sammon. “The fact that Dr. Holsinger advocates this type of junk science is troubling and represents a wholesale rejection of accepted and mainstream scientific opinion.”

“During the Senate confirmation hearings, we expect a thorough examination of Holsinger’s professional views,” said Sammon. “Absent a full and complete explanation from him, one that makes it clear that he rejects the junk science he once embraced, the Senate should reject his nomination.”


I have yet to read or hear anything that describes his merits for the job. Perhaps Senators Brownback or Cornyn will enlighten us. Or better yet, I'd love to hear little Jeff Sessions make the pitch.

Good for LCR for weighing in.

Text of Sen. Carrie Ruud's Letter

June 4, 2007

Dear Fellow Republicans,

As a Former State Senator I am asking you to support Joe Repya for Minnesota Republican Party Chair. When I was elected in 2002, I was one of 13 new Republican Freshman Senators; it was the first time my seat in District #4 was ever in Republican hands. The Republicans in the Senate were ever so close to the being in the Majority, the House of Representatives was solidly in Republican hands and Governor Pawlenty was at the helm. I had the luxury of working with Republican House members from 2A, 4A, 4B, 12A, and 12B. Minnesota was headed in the right direction! After the 2006 elections there are no longer any Republican legislators left north of Brainerd and our BPOU's are demoralized or non-existent. Greater Minnesota was and has been abandoned. I am not going to say anything bad about Ron Carey's leadership because I had my first, last, and only conversation with him (or anyone at the state level for that matter) in early 2006, which I think speaks volumes in and of itself.

We need leadership that will recognize what "Grassroots" politics really is. I believe Joe Repya understands what needs to change in Minnesota and has the energy and will to accomplish it. Without strong party infrastructure starting at the BPOU level throughout the state, recruiting excellent candidates is a lesson in futility - they cannot win.

I ask you to change the direction our party is going and elect Joe Repya as our State Party Chair. I have heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. We have the opportunity to change our direction – lets take advantage of it and elect Joe Repya!

If you have any questions I would be happy to discuss them with you. 218-820-0779.

Sincerely,

Former District #4 Senator
Carrie Ruud

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Former State Senator Carey Ruud Endorses Repya

Andy at Residual Forces quotes from the letter.

After the 2006 elections there are no longer any Republican legislators left north of Brainerd and our BPOU’s are demoralized or non-existent. Greater Minnesota was abandoned. I am not going to say anything bad about Ron Carey’s leadership because I had my first, last, and only conversation with him (or anyone at the state level for that matter) in early 2006, which I think speaks volumes in and of itself.


Grab the popcorn and read the comment thread:

# gopgal Says:
June 6th, 2007 at 9:21 pm

On the same day that Congresswoman Michele Bachmann sent out a very positive letter in support of Ron Carey, a disgruntled former State Senator sends out a nasty attack mailing for Joe Repya.

I’ll take Congresswoman Michele Bachmann over angry Carrie Ruud any day. I am confident that the majority of delegates will do the same on Saturday.
# Andy Says:
June 6th, 2007 at 9:25 pm

Watch out for that 11th Commandment, it can be one heck of a stumbling point when running out behind it to throw some mud at a fellow GOPer.

Is this more of only the winners get to have a say?

Oh, and compare that to CD 4 Chair Koch’s greasy attack from last week.
# Sam Says:
June 6th, 2007 at 9:33 pm

Michele Bachmann endorsed Carey?

That can’t be true - Andy said that Carey wasn’t telling the truth when they said that she had endorsed Carey - and we know that Andy always tells the truth.

So don’t believe what you read - only listen Andy.

I don’t recall reading Andy retracting his statement, so this must not be correct - Andy has spoken.
# mattma Says:
June 6th, 2007 at 9:43 pm

And of course the former State Senator should not be mad for lack of support that he feels he got from the State party office. And besides no elected or former Republican official shall speak evil of Mr. Carey.


There's much more over there.

Repya News Release

NEWS RELEASE FROM THE JOE REPYA MN GOP CHAIR CAMPAIGN

June 6, 2007

I entered the campaign to become the next Minnesota Republican Party Chairman convinced that the Party needed strong, principled leadership to win in 2008.

Recent events exposing mismanagement of our Party are exactly why I have repeatedly said "Leadership Matters!" When elected as the new Chairman on Saturday, June 9th, I will immediately initiate an independent financial audit of the Minnesota Republican Party.

Please let me make this perfectly clear: neither I nor anyone else on my personal campaign staff had anything to do with leaking documents or stories to the Star Tribune. But under my leadership the Republican Party of Minnesota will in good faith investigate all allegations and produce substantial verifying documentation, above and beyond the concessions made by a portion of the current Party Executive Committee.

In order for Republicans to get back on the Road to Victory in 2008, we need solid and honorable leadership to inspire our grassroots, motivate our candidates, and deliver our positive message back to the majority in the legislature and in Washington.


UPDATE: Andy Aplikowski also posts Repya's news release.

A Carey supporter and commenter - GOPGal attacks Andy Aplikowski:

# gopgal Says:
June 6th, 2007 at 7:46 pm

Now this sure is interesting Andy, especially after you made a huge fuss about how you had nothing to do with the leaking of the memo.

This line is what really is interesting:

“Please let me make this perfectly clear: neither I nor anyone else on my personal campaign staff had anything to do with leaking documents or stories to the Star Tribune.”

So Repya needs to make it clear that his PERSONAL campaign staff had nothing to do with this. I am a delegate, and everything I have seen points to the fact that his wife is possibly the only personal staff he has.

I think you need to answer why this wording was used, because he does not seem to be defending anyone else with ties to his campaign.


I'm sure there are going to be a number of delegates that will be very happy when all this is over with.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Unpleasantness Continues at the Minnesota Republican Party

Avidor and I will be covering the upcoming convention. Avidor will bring his video camera.

It looked as if there was going to be another article in the Strib by the same reporters following up on the financial shenanagans at the Minnesota Republican party. Now the article has been pulled. A republican source told me it had been pulled earlier today due to inaccuracies. The question is whether the article was pulled permanently, or pulled temporarily to more fully fact check and fix. Several emails to reporters Dan Browning and Pat Doyle on this matter went unanswered.

Andy Aplikowski also has a post up about this, which he corrected after hearing from an insider source.

Speaking of Andy Aplikowski, those who dislike him are going to dispicable lengths.

Side note and word of caution, there is someone who has created a Hotmail email address that uses my name as the sender. If you look at the actual email address, you will see it is a smear job. I may be self deprecating at times, but that’s a bit excessive.

So if you receive any emails that say they are from me, please take careful note that there is at least one or more people impersonating me on the blogs and now through emails.

The person sent me a few nasty emails last night, and claims that they will be watching me this Saturday to see my reactions. That leads me to believe that this person is a Republican and likely could have access to party member’s emails.

If you receive any emails or messages that say they are from me, please make sure they really are. The impostor seems to be using hotmail addresses. They have also left comments on low comment security blogs using my residualforces.com email address.

We’re living in a dirty gamesmanship world these days, and I must ask that people take caution.


I've been impersonated also. It's no fun. I don't mind taking responsibility for my own words and actions. I do have problems with defending something I didn't say, but got attributed to me.

Meanwhile Andy posted a point by point response signed by numerous Executive Committee members. Dwight Toskenson got thrown under the bus.

From the response:

Concerns About The Source Of The Documents:
When Chairman Carey and staff sat down with the reporters, the reporters had copies of internal Party documents beyond the memo distributed to Executive Committee members. They had copies of internal accounting and personnel files only available to a very select group of Party employees. The Party takes this very seriously. If anyone has any information that will help the Party investigate the source of this matter, please share it with the Party staff. The Party is pursuing any and all appropriate legal action to address this very serious violation.


If that's the case, a process of elimination should be able to figure out the leak.

A commenter Miss M left a long counterpoint:

# Miss M. Says:
June 5th, 2007 at 3:05 pm

Michael, maybe you missed this in the older thread, but I also have more clarification points that could be addressed:

A) From the CD Chair memo: “Upon being notified of these concerns in the summer of 2006, Chairman Carey immediately required that all payments be made in a timely fashion.” and “Dwight asked for permission to share his concerns with Party counsel, and it was granted. Party counsel began evaluating his charges and provided a legal opinion guiding Party leadership to where action may be required.” and from the article: “After the November election, he said, Carey gave him permission to send documents to the party attorney supporting his claims.”

If Chairman Carey corrected the concerns in the summer of 2006, why was Dwight Tostenson given the go-ahead in November to share his concerns with the Party’s lawyers in November?

B) From the CD Chair memo: “The FEC has not notified us of any outstanding issues. We are in constant contact with our FEC compliance officer, and there is a very open line of communication. Our Party staff is incredibly diligent in working together with the FEC staff to ensure full compliance.”

What about the current strongly worded request for information from the FEC? www.fec.gov says the response was due yesterday, but nothing is on the website yet from the Party. Has this issue been dealt with?

C) From the CD Chair memo: “After concerns were raised about whether the Party was underpaying these policies amounting to fraud, Chairman Carey requested the Workers’ Comp auditors perform their audit early. During this audit, it was discovered the Party was likely over-paying its Workers’ Compensation insurance.” Was this an audit of the past years, or an audit of current employees? I would imagine the Party has far less staff now than they do at later times of the year, given election cycles. When was this audit conducted? Could this be clarified some?

From the previous post:

Michael, perhaps you (or somebody else) could help clarify a few points:

1) From the article: ‘”We’ve looked at all the issues that he raised, and where there was corrective action required, we took corrective action,” Carey said.’ Is this an accurate quote? If so, what action was taken, in regards to which issues? When was action taken?

2) From the article: “Carey said Friday that he has asked the committee for permission to commission an external audit.” When did Carey pose this request to the committee? Was it before or after the 15 Feb. memo? Before or after the 16 Jan. e-mail? Before or after it was known the reporters had knowledge of this ’story’?

3) Has the audit been approved? Conducted? What were the findings in relation to the allegations in the memo?

4) From the article: “Carey, who’s running for reelection this week as party chairman, blamed the leak of Tostenson’s memo on political enemies within the Republican Party who are out to get him on the eve of the Republican state central committee meeting.” Which political enemies are being pointed at here? Is there a fact and source available for this comment?

5) From the Sullivan/Axdahl letter: “In the meantime, we wanted to express our disgust with the Star Tribune for spreading such baseless allegations.” and “As with any Star Tribune story about conservative Republicans, the story is short on facts and the truth is missing in action.” The article states: “Party records show that money was withheld for employee retirement plans from September 2005 through May 2006, but Federal Election Commission (FEC) records reflect no deposits into the accounts during that period. In June 2006, the party made two makeup payments totaling $12,243 into the accounts.” I looked at www.fec.gov and the statement from the article appears to be correct. Why is this referred to as a baseless allegation, then?

6) From the article: ‘”There seemed to be some gray areas as to what was the requirement,” Carey said.’ What are the gray areas being referenced? A more detailed explanation would put this to rest.

7) From the article: ‘”We investigated what the requirements were and made sure we were immediately in full compliance with that,” he said.’ What are the requirements the GOP is required to follow?

8 ) From the article: “Carey said Tostenson has agreed the problems were resolved, and cited a March 13 letter from Tostenson to the executive committee.” How were the issues resolved?

9) From the article: ‘Carey said “We feel like we’re compliant with FEC regulations.” The FEC, he said, has “… brought nothing to our attention that we are out of compliance in this area.”‘ Would the FEC know if they were not in compliance regarding unreported overdue bills?

10) From the Sullivan/Axdahl letter: “We are certain Ron and the Party will provide a point by point response to these baseless charges in the near future.” When will such a response be released? Will people outside the Party hierarchy be told as well?

11) From the Sullivan/Axdahl letter: “The reality that the Star Tribune failed to report is that Ron quickly and effectively dealt with each legitimate issue brought to his attention, even though most of the alleged issues predated his becoming chairman or simply had no merit once investigated.” Which issues were dealt with and which had no merit? How were the issues dealt with? When were the issues dealt with?

12) From the Sullivan/Axdahl memo: “We cannot let the most liberal newspaper in America determine who our state Party chairman is.” I just wanted to say that I agree with this statement.

Joe Repya's Letter to Delegates

This had been posted on Residual Forces. That blog is down right now.

June 4, 2007

My Fellow Republicans:

As a Republican, I’m stunned to learn of the current accusations of improper management against our Party Chairman that were recently published. I’m determined to remain focused on why I entered this race - Leadership Matters!

As a Party, we must keep our eye on winning in 2008. We must build the team that will lead us to victory. Let’s start to rebuild now and vote for new leadership!

This week we will be gathering at the Minnesota State Central Committee Meeting to vote for the next Minnesota Republican Party Chairman. I have listened to the concerns of Republican activists and asked for their support in becoming your next Party Chairman. I am now asking for your vote on June 9th, to lead the party back down the Road to Victory in 2008.

On Election Day in 2008, it is my vision that we will be gathered together celebrating a great victory for Minnesota Republicans. If you share this vision, please join me and provide me the opportunity to serve as your next Chairman.

I have worked within the grassroots of the Party since 1998. I served on the finance committees of U.S. Senator Norm Coleman, and Congressman John Kline in 2002. I was a military and veterans advisor to Senator Coleman in 2002 and Governor Tim Pawlenty in 2002 & 2006. I served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2004. Finally, I was one of two people in the nation to serve as a veteran’s spokesperson for President George W. Bush. I have valuable grassroots and fundraising experience from the Support Our Troops campaign in 2003.

As your next Party Chairman, I will listen to the needs of our grassroots activists as I have done during this race. I have heard loud and clear over the past few months that our field teams did not have the tools in hand and the training needed to be successful in 2006. Our Camp Reagan training, Chairman’s Report Card, Surround Sound Messaging and Communications Program, and Contract with Minnesota will reenergize our volunteer base. I will provide the leadership to ensure that VoterVault and all necessary programs are fixed and properly implemented. Please stop by my booth at the Oakdale Prom Center on June 9th and take our Electronic Listening Survey utilizing a new and exciting grassroots tool that will give us an edge as we march the Road to Victory in 2008.

Also, please stop at our hospitality suite in the Hilton Garden Inn on Saturday morning from 7:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Coffee, juice and bagels will be served.

Thank you for all of the input that so many of you have provided over the past few weeks as this race has been a wonderful experience.

All the best,

Joe Repya

Blue Man on Party Chair Race

Everyone on the right is scurrying to figure out the who, what, when and where of the Startribune's posting of an internal memo noting financial reporting irregularities and harassment of staff members who questioned these practices.

Andy at Residual Forces got the initial wag of the finger from party insiders, as he has been bombarded with email asking if he were the source of the leak.

Andy denies it.

Michael Brodkorb is on Residual Forces asking questions, but has nothing up on his own site.

So as the party insiders scramble to figure out who leaked the memo, party officials and activists alike are providing their own spin on the scandal.


Andy's blog is down right now.

MN Publius has had two posts on this topic. And the Black Helicopters are circling at MN Publius also:

# John Jun 4th, 2007 at 7:36 pm

But for what reasons? A few months ago, the Strib ran an article on Carey and his ties to the Minnesota Autism Center story. There was very little new news - but the article ran the week when the infighting in the MN GOP was picking up.

So is this the Strib reporting news? Or is this just D.J. Tice proving himself to whoever turn out to be next head of the MN GOP?
# 3 Chris Jun 4th, 2007 at 8:51 pm

Sean,

Unlike my friends in the DFL who would be circling the wagons and accusing the GOP of dirty tricks and God knows what else if the shoe was on the other foot, I am not going to defend Carey over this. There is no excuse for this and I don’t think he is competent to serve another term.


MN Publius's Sean seems to doubt Andy Aplikowski's story:

While as far as I can tell they don’t name names in the letter Andy Aplikowski just wanted to let you know he is insulted, absolutely insulted that anyone would think after months of railing against the current RPM administration, hitching his buggy to GI Joe’s jeep, and using his blog as clothesline for the pettiest tiffs, and losing resoundingly at all of his efforts to challenge the status quo, he is insulted, absolutely, indignantly insulted that anyone could or would think he leaked the memo. (paranoia much?)

He had the memo of course; and he thought it was really bad, but he wouldn’t ever want to send it to a liberal rag like the Strib because it would be bad for the party, and the party is more important than the law, but now that the Strib does have it doesn’t mean people should ignore the charges. And by the way he’d like to remind you that on top of this illegality, Ron Carey is personally responsible for all of the Republican failures last year.


In my opinion, I think it's more likely that it was a disgruntled former employee - and not Tostenson.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Grab the Popcorn!

Andy Aplikowski strongly denies being the source of Strib leak.

I did not leak the memo to the Strib, so the calls going around saying it was me, are flat out false, a lie, and shameful behavior of Republicans.

I did have the memo. Some unknown source sent it to me a while ago, and urged me to look into it. I knew how terribly bad this would be for the party as a whole, and tried to get ahold of the memo’s author. When i couldn’t, I went through a few back channels to see if the memo was legit. I was told it was, but the issues inside were dealt with properly. (the May email memo referred to in the story)

So for all of you out there who think I want to destroy the party I have a question for you, “Why didn’t I just post the memo, and unleash the bombshell for myself, to get the traffic and attention some of you seem to think I crave?”

Answer: Because I knew this was bad bad stuff that would damage far more people than just Carey. The Executive Committee would also have been dragged into this, as would the party as a whole. I do not want to destroy the party, I want it to be better.

Some unknown person sent the memo to me, and I alerted the people I thought could deal with it, delicately, as it was a scandalous issue. I did not, nor would I want to hand ammo over to the Strib.

And, as for the content of the memo and story, I had nothing to do with the memo’s generation. And in fact, the original author still stands by what he wrote. These things did happen, and proof of that can be how Carey said that the issues have been dealt with properly and that he asked for an audit from the Executive Committee. (What were the results of that audit? Will they be presented on Saturday to the Central Committee?) Carey is not disputing the finacial related issues, hence, we’d have to be fools to buy that this is just a manufactured Strib attack. There is at the least, a grain of truth to them.

In my eyes, someone who was treasurer of the MNGOP for 8 years should know how to avoid these issues even being a possibility. Remember that Carey was the MNGOP’s Treasurer before he was Chair. He should have known better, if you ask my humble opinion. These practices should never have happened in the Republican party, under any leader, let alone someone who had 8 years of experience handling the party’s finances.

Plus!

What should provide enough evidence that I wasn’t the Strib’s source was that the immigration/bribe stuff was new to me. I had never heard of that, and neither had anyone else who had mentioned their own knowledge of the financial memo to me the last week or two.


Michael Brodkorb - a strong Carey supporter, commented:

# Michael B. Brodkorb Says:
June 4th, 2007 at 9:08 am

Andy: Who is lying?

“and the lies and or spin revolving around it…”

I know that National Committeeman Brian Sullivan and National Committeewoman Evie Axdahl sent out an email about the Star Tribune’s story. I hope you are not suggestion their email contained lies.


Lady Logician hits it home:

# the Lady Logician Says:
June 4th, 2007 at 4:04 pm

“There is a huge difference between letter and calls inside the party and sending information to both an outsider and an enemy.

The calls internally can be weighed by delegates and others who know campaigns for what they are and the only one possible hurt are internal candidates.”

Either action is slimy Sam. This is no way to run a campaign.

LL

Joe Repya Responds to the Ron Carey Fracas

MEDIA ALERT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact:
June 4, 2007 Debra Repya
651-485-4817

“GOP Joe” Encourages Republicans to Focus on Leadership to Rebuild the Minnesota GOP

Says Next Weeks State Central Committee Meeting is Important for Delegates to Choose a New Path for Success in 2008

“GOP Joe” Repya, candidate for Republican Party Chairman, today released the following statement:

“As Republicans, we must focus on rebuilding the Minnesota Republican Party to ensure that we are on a Road to Victory in 2008. I entered this race because I believe that leadership matters and strong effective leadership will be the difference maker in close races for our candidates. I am deeply concerned to have learned about the accusations against my opponent that were recently published regarding the internal complaints from Minnesota GOP Party Staff. I wish Ron Carey and his family all the best, but believe that in order for the Minnesota GOP to be successful in 2008, that it is time for change. This Saturday the delegates will decide which candidate will best motivate the grassroots effort and demonstrate the leadership we need to get back on the Road to Victory in 2008. I welcome this opportunity and would be honored to serve as the next Chairman of the Minnesota Republican Party.”

Background:
“GOP Joe” Repya is a candidate for Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota.

LTC Repya (US Army - Retired) served in the United States Army for 30 years and has been a leading activist in the Minnesota Republican Party. In 2003 Joe and his wife Debra launched the Support Our Troops grassroots lawn sign campaign. In ten short weeks, Joe, his wife and a dedicated team of dozens of statewide volunteers distributed 30,000 lawn signs and rallied 20,000 people at the State Capitol.

At the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York, Joe had the honor of opening the convention’s first night session by leading the national delegates in the Pledge of Allegiance. Joe also served as the Minnesota Co-Chairman for Veterans for Bush-Cheney 2004.

Joe, already a veteran of Vietnam and Desert Storm, returned to active Army duty in 2004—at the young age of 58—and served in Iraq in 2005 with the Screaming Eagles of 101st Airborne Division. Upon returning in October 2006, Joe volunteered and traveled all over Minnesota to help Governor Tim Pawlenty win his reelection.

Brownback Aims His Slingshot at Romney

Poor Sam - trying to keep a buzz going.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE
June 4, 2007
Contact: Jack Sisson
(703) 549-3050 or media@brownback.com

Mitt Romney Doesn't Believe Abortion is Murder

Rejects GOP Platform on Abortion - A Human Life Amendment to the
Constitution

ALEXANDRIA, Va-- Presidential candidate Mitt Romney refused to call bortion "murder" at an event in Laconia, New Hampshire last week, stating that murder "means different things to different people."

Romney instead stated abortion is the taking of a human life, that the unborn "is alive and human" at the point of conception, but that states should define their own abortion laws.

"Mitt Romney's flip-flops on abortion throughout the years make more sense now," said Martin Gillespie, political director of Brownback for President. "Every different Romney flip-flop on abortion has coincided perfectly with the most politically expedient position of the campaign he was in."

Romney has also continually rejected a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution, which would ban abortion in all states. The Human Life Amendment is part of the platform of the Republican Party.

"Romney says life begins at conception, but doesn't think abortion is murder and Romney says he's pro-life but he thinks states should be able to choose to allow abortion," Gillespie added. "Every time he tries to clarify, as he tried to do last week, it becomes more and more confusing."

Gillespie concluded, "Unlike Romney, Sam Brownback is a strong supporter of the Human Life Amendment and is genuinely pro-life."

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Rep. Mark Olson; Trial Postponed and Getting Divorced

The Saint Cloud Times confirms that Olson, fired his attorney and asked for another trial date:

ELK RIVER — State Rep. Mark Olson expects a judge to approve a continuance Monday in his trial on charges that he assaulted his wife in November at their Big Lake Township home.

The delay is the second in the case, which was scheduled to begin Monday morning.

Olson said Sunday that he asked for the continuance from Judge Alan Pendleton because he is changing attorneys. He said the judge approved the move in chambers, but formal approval will be necessary in court because a court reporter was not present.

“It will be just a moment of process,” Olson said of today’s proceedings.

Sherburne County Attorney Kathleen Heaney confirmed the change Sunday. Her office was notified on Friday and notified witnesses, she said.

A new date for Olson’s trial will depend on what’s available on the calendar, Heaney said.
Olson declined to name his new attorney, saying he has not yet signed the agreement with the attorney.

Olson has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of domestic assault. The charges stem from an incident Nov. 12 at the Olsons’ home. Olson’s wife told Sherburne County deputies that she and Mark Olson had argued and that he had pushed her to the ground three times.

Olson was scheduled to stand trial May 7, but a state law prohibits a sitting member of the Legislature to stand trial in a civil or criminal case during the legislative session. The session ended May 21.

Court records show that, since Mark Olson was charged, he and his wife have started divorce proceedings.

The House Republican caucus suspended Olson after his arrest, and some members called for his resignation. Olson vowed to continue serving his constituents in District 16B, which includes Big Lake, Becker, Zimmerman and Clear Lake.


When that divorce becomes final, Olson can resume his carefree, bachelor life:

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Meanwhile GOP 6th CD Chair, Mark Swanson is still commenting at MN Publius:

What is the worry?? That people (like Mr. Avidor) distort the truth in their natural bias. You will see that Mr. Avidor himself admits his bias on the comment page and has refrained from editing the entry due to this bias.
If you believe any of my edits are untruthful or in any way change the the facts, please identify them and I will gladly edit them to correct.

As to his question above, I don’t know of the current status for Rep. Olson’s trial, maybe your politically motivated source would care to elaborate??

As far as corrections to your mis-statements, don’t worry as you have A Transportation Expert (ATE) on your trail to correct your inaccuracies (and bias) on PRT there are many of us out there to maintain the neutrality of sites like Wikipedia.


So, Mark Swanson, the GOP 6th CD Chair didn't know at 7:55 PM, Sunday that Rep. Mark Olson had pulled a fast one on the Sherburne County Court two days earlier?

That's pathetic.

Strib Reporter Disputes Axdahl/Sullivan Memo Claim

From the memo defending Ron Carey sent to GOP party activists posted here earlier:

It's clear: the Star Tribune is trying to influence our State Central Meeting on June 9th. We know for a fact that the Star Tribune has been sitting on this story for nearly a month to attack the Party and Chairman at a politically opportune time. The timing and tone of this story has everything to do with the Star Tribune's liberal political agenda.


I sent an email to Dan Browning and Pat Doyle. I heard back that they had to establish the authenticity of the Toskinen memo prior to running the story. The black helicopters were not circling.

Blogs on Minnesota GOP Chair's Race

Lady Logician has weighed in. Italics are Lady Logician's fisking of a mailing she got. I believe this mailing was Rory Koch's letter on behalf of Ron Carey.

"I was reminded of this recently when I rea a comment by Mr. Repya where he made the following statement. "I turned down the offer because of the despicable condition the Minnesota Republican Party is in following a greatly mismanaged and poorly executed election in 2006." - Joe Repya May 23, 2007

********snip**************

That said, there is certainly a lot going on in today's MNGOP that would lend itself to the Merriam Webster defination. The actions of certain people within the party HAS BEEN contemptable. What is going on right now (in the immigration debate) is indeed worthy of moral indignation! We have not (as a party) lived by our core beliefs of smaller government and personal responsibility. Instead we do "whatever it takes" to keep power and that is, to a majority of Americans, contemptable indeed.

"Friends, you and I are the Republican Party and our party is not in "despicable condition."

Here I will jump in. There is context to the Repya quote that the letter writer conveniently leaves out. Context that I am aware of as I have seen and heard Mr. Repya speak on this before. The context is that the leadership, not the activists, are the ones that have done things that left our party in the lurch. The grass roots did not put the party in this shape - the leadership did!

"The leaders of the Republican Part are not "despicable." the activists of the Republican Party are not "despicable". And frankly I don't believe anyone who wants to lead the Republican Party should call our Party "despicable".

Negativity, pessimism and these blatant violations of Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment do not represent the kind of vision and leadership our party needs. "

OK - back to the 11th Commandment thing....I have long had this discussion with my liberal friends...since when is commenting on a leaders record or voting record considered to be "negativity". It is NOT negative to comment on the elected officials record when you disagree with them. It is called laying out the lines of deliniation. Couple this with the the fact that the MNGOP's entire campaign strategy last year was to demonize Mike Hatch and every other liberal candidate on the ballot!

THAT is the thing that struck me (and disappointed me) about this letter. The entire letter is negative and it is the one thing that the letter writer harps on (vis a vis the Repya campaign) is negativity. That and violating Reagan's 11th Commandment - which the letter writer also does...


Andy Aplikowski is back from his weekend out of town. He and the Drama Queen are now sparring:

Nope it is because I came home to accussations and liblous charges and rumors.

I will be posting on the matter that appeared in the Strib and the lies and or spin revolving around it, later tonight.

2 Responses to “This Is What I Come Home To?”

1. Michael B. Brodkorb Says:
June 3rd, 2007 at 7:58 pm

Andy: Who is lying?

“and the lies and or spin revolving around it…”

I know that National Committeeman Brian Sullivan and National Committeewoman Evie Axdahl sent out an email about the Star Tribune’s story. I hope you are not suggestion their email contained lies.


Blue Man is also commenting on the Strib story about financial mismanagement at the Minnesota GOP.

Bill Richardson

After watching the debate tonight on CNN, I've come to realize that the Democratic party would be foolish to nominate anyone other than Bill Richardson. He is the most diversely qualified candidate in the field. Current Governor, former Congressman, former ambassador to the UN, former Secretary of Energy, the list goes on and on.

I find myself cringing everytime I listen to Edwards, Obama and Clinton; yet, when Richardson talks I find myself saying "this guy gets it!" Of course there are things upon which I disagree with him, but I'd vote for Richardson if he were the nominee.

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Associated Press on the Internal Financial Problems in the Minnesota GOP Under Ron Carey

The strib story was abridged for the AP:

ST. PAUL

The Minnesota Republican Party is dealing with the loss of at least two employees in the wake of complaints that the party misused employee retirement money, improperly reported its finances and retaliated against staff who reported the problems.

One of those employees, former finance director Dwight Tostenson, claims in a confidential memo that state GOP chairman Ron Carey fired him after Tostenson urged Carey to address the state office's financial troubles.

"Since I started reporting these suspected violations, I have felt increasing harassment and other types of retaliation," Tostenson wrote in the memo to the party's executive committee obtained by the Star Tribune of Minneapolis.

Carey denies that the move was retaliatory and claims the financial problems have been solved.

"We've looked at all the issues that he raised, and where there was corrective action required, we took corrective action," Carey said. "Dwight and I came to a mutual, amicable agreement for our separation."

It's troubling timing for the party, which will host the 2008 Republican National Convention as it looks to reclaim seats lost in 2006.

In his memo, Tostenson accuses the party of violating federal law by repeatedly delaying the deposit of employee payroll contributions into their retirement accounts beyond the 30-day limit.

Carey had no explanation.

"There seemed to be some gray areas as to what was the requirement," Carey said.

Carey cited a March 13 letter from Tostenson to the executive committee that said he was confident Carey and a party lawyer "are addressing all matters raised within my memorandum."

After Tostenson made his complaints known, and the November election was completed, his pay was cut by 40 percent, which Tostenson believes was retaliation.

Carey did not directly answer questions about the move.

While Minnesota GOP Gasbags Argue.....

There is more tragedy for American families.

14 U.S. troops die in Iraq
Associated Press

Last update: June 03, 2007 – 2:20 PM

BAGHDAD — Fourteen American soldiers were killed in three deadly days in Iraq, the U.S. military said today, including four in a single roadside bombing and one who was struck by a suicide bomber while on a foot patrol southwest of the capital.

The blast that killed the four soldiers occurred Sunday as the troops were conducting a cordon and search operation northwest of the Iraqi capital, according to a statement. Two other soldiers from Multi-National Division — Baghdad were killed and five were wounded along with an Iraqi interpreter in two separate roadside bombings on Sunday, the military said.

One soldier was killed Friday after the patrol approached two suspicious men for questioning near a mosque, and one of the suspects blew himself up, according to a statement. The military did not provide more details.

Seven others troops were killed in a series of attacks across Iraq on Saturday.

The deaths raised to at least 3,493 members of the U.S. military who have died since the war started in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.



The failed, costly policy of a failed Republican administration continues to take its toll.

Joe Repya Campaign: Written Response for Media Coming Tomorrow

Repya has been called by a number of people asking about the story about Internal problems in the state gop. His campaign will put out an official statement tomorrow.

I left a message on Ron Carey's voice mail requesting comment. If he gets back to me, I will report on what he says.

Ron Carey Response: Supporters Brian Sullivan and Evie Axdahl Blame the Strib

From: Brian Sullivan & Evie Axdahl
Date: Sun, 03 Jun 2007 12:26:57 -0500
To: Brian Sullivan & Evie Axdahl
Conversation: There They Go Again
Subject: There They Go Again

Dear Friend:

There they go again.

In a desperate last minute attempt to the [sic] alter the race for state Party chairman, the ultra-liberal Star Tribune has launched yet another baseless, politically motivated attack on Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Ron Carey. Working hand in hand with Ron's Republican political opponents, the Star Tribune has thrown a Hail Mary pass to try and smear our chairman once again. We are certain Ron and the Party will provide a point by point response to these baseless charges in the near future. In the meantime, we wanted to express our disgust with the Star Tribune for spreading such baseless allegations.

Just days before these confidential, internal party documents appeared mysteriously under the door of the Star Tribune, a known Republican opponent of Ron's was boasting that he was in possession of these confidential documents and anxious to get them public. Documents leaked to the Star Tribune included highly confidential finance and personnel records stolen from the state Party offices. It's sad some Republicans don't care about the damage they do to our Party and conservative cause.

Make no mistake: the Star Tribune wants Ron Carey out as chairman. With a decades-long record of slanting polling against Republicans, the Star Tribune is once more falsely attacking a conservative. The Star Tribune is not simply editorializing against Republicans. It is using all of its resources to slant and distort its news coverage to smear a conservative Republican who has stood up to its radical left-wing agenda. As with any Star Tribune story about conservative Republicans, the story is short on facts and the truth is missing in action.

You may remember these two reporters from their recent hit pieces attacking Ron over his involvement helping disabled children at the Minnesota Autism Center. After the US Attorney's office stated that there is no pending criminal investigation in that matter, these two reporters did not even bother to correct their previous smear of Ron by writing a follow up.

It's clear: the Star Tribune is trying to influence our State Central Meeting on June 9th. We know for a fact that the Star Tribune has been sitting on this story for nearly a month to attack the Party and Chairman at a politically opportune time. The timing and tone of this story has everything to do with the Star Tribune's liberal political agenda.

Let's look at the record: Ron was elected two years ago as the reform candidate to solve the problems of his predecessor. The reality that the Star Tribune failed to report is that Ron quickly and effectively dealt with each legitimate issue brought to his attention, even though most of the alleged issues predated his becoming chairman or simply had no merit once investigated. Since he took office, Ron has rolled up his sleeves and worked to clean up all of the problems he inherited. Far from being the culprit, Ron has been a real leader by taking action and doing the right thing.

We cannot let the most liberal newspaper in America determine who our state Party chairman is. Ron has been an effective reformer who will best prepare our Party for victory in November 2008. Don't let the Star Tribune pick our chairman. On June 9th, stand up to the Star Tribune by voting for Ron Carey as chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota.

If you would like to speak with Ron regarding any of your concerns or ideas, please call him at the following telephone numbers [redacted]. You may also reach him via email at ron@roncarey.com.

Sincerely,

Evie Axdahl
Republican National Committeewoman

Brian Sullivan
Republican National Committeeman

More from the Strib Story on Financial Management Problems in the Minnesota GOP

Dwight Tostenson's memo covers the period during which he worked for the party. He worked for the party during Ron Carey's term. From the Strib:

A key element of Tostenson's memo deals with his accusation that the party appears to have violated federal law by repeatedly delaying the deposit of employee payroll contributions into their retirement accounts. He said the "misappropriation" helped cover party expenses before the money was deposited.

"As reported on our payables at the state executive meetings last summer there was as much as $12,000 not deposited at any one time," he wrote. "This represented months of paycheck withholdings by the Party which had not been deposited within the 30-day legally required time limit."

The party offers Simple Individual Retirement Accounts for some employees. Federal law requires that money deducted from employees' checks for those accounts be deposited as soon as possible, and in no case later than 30 days after the month when it was withheld.

In cases of tardy deposits, employers may be required to make the plan whole by paying back any lost investment earnings. If they had mixed the employees' retirement money with general operating funds they could be required to pay an excise tax.

Party records show that money was withheld for employee retirement plans from September 2005 through May 2006, but Federal Election Commission (FEC) records reflect no deposits into the accounts during that period. In June 2006, the party made two makeup payments totaling $12,243 into the accounts.

The delay in depositing the money could have benefitted the party by giving it temporary access to the employees' funds.

Carey didn't explain why the retirement money wasn't deposited promptly.

"There seemed to be some gray areas as to what was the requirement," Carey said. Asked to explain the gray areas, he said, "I really would prefer not to get into the weeds on something like that.

"We investigated what the requirements were and made sure we were immediately in full compliance with that," he said.

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Carey did not directly respond to Tostenson's claim that the employees' money was used temporarily to cover party expenses.


Did Ron Carey inherit a party run in this manner, or did he start running things this way?

Politicizing a spreadsheet formula

Plenty has been written about the Gov's veto of the 2007 tax bill, but I still have to weigh in on the inflation factor controversy.

1. First of all, it defies any measure of common sense to apply inflation to only the revenue side. That conceit is so intellectually dishonest, I don't even know what to say.

2. Minnesota is one of two states that insists on this particular brand of dishonest math in creating forecasts for state government.

3. This practice only dates back to 2002 in Minnesota. When Pawlenty and Sviggum crow about balancing the budget without raising taxes during the 2003 session, you have to realize that 'balancing' was partly accomplished with the help of some accounting hocus-pocus. Timing shifts, use of one-time money for ongoing programs, dishonest expense forecasting, etc. etc. all played a role.

4. The biggest lie being spread is that applying an inflation factor in a forecast spreadsheet puts government on 'autopilot'

These forecasts do not translate to actual appropriation and tax bills. The forecast information does provide a context in which a future budget is developed, but agreeing on actual spending plans still requires the painstaking work of legislating.

The state GOP continues to maintain relevance based on the flimsiest of stories, and I'm getting tired of all of it.

When the Foeman Bares His Steel

This is from a high school production of Pirates of Penzance.



These kids did really well.