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Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Drama Queen's Parody site

Run by "Fake Michael Brodkorb" who has commented here and on the Drama Queen's blog.

Check it out. I wonder how long this will last. Dump the Bachmann Dumpers was started to try to counteract the effectiveness of Dump Bachmann. It didn't last long. Dump Bachmann is known as a good resource for reporters on all things Bachmann.

The site seems to be going after Brodkorb personally.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Joe Repya's Reaction to CREW Complaint about the Republican Party of Minnesota

I called Joe Repya to ask him about this statement in Minnesota Monitor's coverage of the CREW complaint against the Republican Party of Minnesota.

Joe Repya brought up these allegations in his effort to unseat Republican Party chairman Ron Carey earlier this year, but ultimately Carey was re-elected by Republican Party delegates on the first ballot.


This is what Repya told me:

I did release a news release that if elected, i would do an immediate external audit. I kept the high road, I didn't make any statements, either on the autism center - and focused on what we would do if elected. That statement [in Minnesota Monitor's story] is incorrect.


This is the news release Repya referred to:

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.

--
Joe Repya
Candidate for MNGOP Chairman
please visit www.gopjoe.org!


I asked Repya his opinion about the CREW complaint, and he answered "no comment."

Andy Aplikowski is calling on the state party to suck it up, and do the external audit and be done with it:

Regarding the ‘thing’ linked to in this post by Gary, I recommend that the certain group and people being scrutinized just verify all is well and or corrected and leave it at that. Don’t lash out. Don’t sweep it under the rug. Do the audit, release the results, and put this thing to bed. Please!

Oh, and CREW sucks, as Gary points out, but that doesn’t change what happened, and needs to be done.

Verify


At least that's how I'd interpret his statement.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Strib Covers Complaint Filed Against Republican Party of Minnesota

On their site here.

I talked to Diane Girth, who lives in St Paul and signed on to this complaint. CREW asked her to sign on. She doesn’t sign onto things such as this lightly. She said she believes that Minnesota has a “tradition of openess and honesty”, and believes the the problem raised by CREW require an audit. She also said she’d sign on to a similar complaint against the DFL, should they have similar problems, and that she “would have been embarrassed had this been the democrats.”

Monday, July 16, 2007

Vitter Apologises, Hides Behind Wife

Drama Queen Rants About Ellison's Nazi Analogy Again

Among his examples is Becky Lourey's use of Pastor Niemoller on her website:

I can’t believe what I am reading.
“First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak outbecause I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak outbecause I was not a trade unionist.Then they came for meand there was no one left to speak out for me.” Pastor Niemöller (victim of the Nazi)
Is Lourey calling me a Nazi?


This was the first comment:

# FMB Says:
July 16th, 2007 at 4:14 pm

Great quotes, don’t you think?

I especially like the one where Becky Lourey minimizes the tragedy and ugliness of the Holocaust by suggesting that by defining marriage as being between a man and a woman DOMA somehow “went after” gay people.

Oh, and as if gay people have ever been kept down and oppressed! Hello people, have you not SEEN Will and Grace? Please. They run Hollywood.

Them and the Jews. Coincidence? I think not.

Rep Mark Olson May Face Discipline in the House

MPR:

The Republican minority leader of the Minnesota House says he thinks a bipartisan ethics complaint should be filed against Rep. Mark Olson, R-Big Lake.

Olson was convicted last week of one count of misdemeanor domestic assault against his wife. He was acquitted on a second misdemeanor assault charge.

House Republicans suspended Olson from their caucus shortly after his arrest last November.

House Minority Leader Marty Seifert of Marshall said on Monday that Olson has brought disrepute to the Legislature. Seifert says the House Ethics Committee should look into the matter and recommend disciplinary action.

"He has said in no uncertain terms he's not going to resign. And unless you have a two-third vote to remove him, there's no way that's going to happen," Seifert said. "So I think the more appropriate way is to have the Ethics Committee look into an appropriate reprimand."

Seifert says he plans to talk soon with DFL House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher about a bipartisan complaint against Olson. He says the ethics panel won't meet until lawmakers return for the 2008 session.


His district chair is standing behind him.

Olson has insisted he will not resign and he has the support of the Republican chair of his legislative district. Paul Vollkommer,chair of House District 16B, says he may encourage Olson to run again.

"Mark's an excellent representative in the Legislature and we'll have to take it from here to see where he wants to go. I haven't heard from him on whether he wants to run again or not run again," he said. Olson's sentencing is set for August 8.


Will he get challenged for endorsement? Will the local BPOU endorse him again?

UNO College Republicans Call for David Vitter's Resignation

Dead Pelican:

PRESS RELEASE: UNO COLLEGE REPUBLICANS CALL FOR SENATOR VITTER�S RESIGNATION

David Vitter: A Stain on the Republican Party

JULY 17, 2007 16:59:52 CDT

The past week has unearthed several seedy situations concerning the current Republican Louisiana Senator David Vitter. Between being on the D.C. Madam�s list and reportedly having relations with two prostitutes in the New Orleans area, Vitter has certainly rebuked his promise with the people of Louisiana.

Moreover, by deciding to hold a press conference at 5 pm Monday afternoon, just as Bobby Jindal�s plane is taxing into Armstrong Airport, David Vitter has once more shown a blatant disregard for the political position of Louisiana Republican Party.

It is clear that Senator Vitter cares little for his fellow Republicans in Louisiana. After a week of silence, Vitter choose the day, almost to the hour, where all eyes were to be on Bobby Jindal and his vision for a better Louisiana.

We College Republicans can only speculate as to the reason why today. Nevertheless, once more Senator Vitter�s actions have endangered the electoral chances of his fellow Republicans�just as his repeated lies concealing his serial indiscretions with prostitutes have.

As a Republican organization, we feel as though it not only our right, but our obligation to come out and call for David Vitter�s immediate resignation. Mr. Vitter was elected because of his strong ethical, moral, and conservative values. As of late, it is clear that Mr. Vitter has hidden his true colors.

Some may say that Vitter�s affair is a personal matter; we cannot disagree with this statement anymore adamantly. Mr. Vitter represented the Republican Party, but more importantly, he represented everyone that showed up on his behalf on Election Day. His actions will have long lasting effects on both this state�s recovery, and will leave an impression of hypocrisy and corruption on the Republican Party.

Mr. Vitter if you are truly a man, if you truly want to help Louisiana, you will resign immediately. And, Gov. Blanco, for the sake of Louisiana, agree to appoint a Republican to hold the Senate seat until a special election in 2008, so that Republicans across can in good conscience remove a man who has stained the reputation of Louisiana.

Signed of Behalf of the UNO College Republicans:

Ronald Kreiger, President, Tavish Misra, Secretary, David Huguenel, Outreach Director


Times Pecayune Blog:

Vitter provided few details of the actions for which he was apologizing, saying such statements would not serve his family or his office. But he did say some of the reported stories regarding incidents in New Orleans were not true.

He said he and his wife had confronted his sins "in confession and marriage counseling and have put it behind us."

He said he would be flying directly to Washington Monday to resume work on the water resources bill, against the immigration bill and for highway projects.

His wife Wendy also spoke briefly, standing by her husband.

"In most any other marriage it would have been a private issue between husband and wife ... Like all marriages, ours is not perfect, but we chose to work together as a family. .. I made a decision to recommit to our marrage. ... To forgive is not always an easy choice, but it was and is the best choice for me," she said.

"I am proud to be Wendy Vitter."

The couple refused to answer questions from reporters.


The comments start right out there:


Posted by matter88 on 07/16/07 at 5:36PM

Talk about a CHICKEN****!!!

Vitter: Resign, you pervert!
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Posted by brothelwrker on 07/16/07 at 5:41PM

"Senator Vitter!

Does this mean you won't come and visit me anymore? What am I supposed to do with all these diapers?"

Posted by snake24 on 07/16/07 at 5:41PM

It's funny how things work; do something bad then apaologize for it and expect things to continue as if it's nothing. Well Mr. Vitter that won't happen this time, you relentlessly attacked other people's family values and morals and then light is shed on your own indescretion and you think an apology will justify? No i won't. Don Imus apologized but he still lost his job because the public is tired of ignoance, especially from politicians. Your creditability is shattered and the rest of your poltical career will be looked at based on what happened just like Jefferson's career will always be based on his wrong doing, Blanco's career will always be remembered for his incompetence after Hurricane Katrina. And same sbould be for you Vitter, you career should be over. You are an elected official and shuld conduct yourself in a better manner than that, we caqn't take anymore of this from another elected official. Leave your job Vitter.

Posted by Transparent on 07/16/07 at 5:48PM

The problem is that now he is useless to Louisiana, just as Jefferson is. He has no persuasive powers and his party wants to distance itself from him. He has no ability for bi-partisan consensus building. He is returning to the Senate because he has no job, not because this is a best thing for Louisiana.

He says he is going to work for I-49. I wish he'd take it out of here. We need another deadbeat politican like another fallen floodwall.

What a crock.

Posted by ronbeaux on 07/16/07 at 6:01PM

I can't believe the arrogance of this man. He won't answer questions. He is our employee. I work hard. I pay taxes. We are his employers. I want to know if he used my tax dollars to pay for his prostitutes and if he did phone business with the DC madam on Congressional time.

Who does he think he is.

And Wendy owes an apology to Mrs. Clinton and Mrs. Livingston. She is pathetic.

He is a disgrace.

Resign and do the honorable thing. You will be a laughing stock in DC; the butt of cloak room jokes. And Louisiana will suffer.

What a selfish little perverse power hungry man.

Posted by wcmll on 07/16/07 at 6:14PM

Resign David. Louisiana does not need the huge distraction of your law breaking hypocrisy and cannot afford the indulgence of keeping you in Washington. Look at how all your Republican buddies rallied around you at your press conference. Where were they? Behind the curtain? Do you think the Dems and independents are going to be more supportive than your own party? Dream on.

You can only "put this behind you" by resigning and returning to private life. As long as you are in office the media will be there and new accusations will come your way. Louisiana needs three years of this type of publicity like New Orleans needs another hurricane Katrina.

MFC Targets Coleman on Hate Crimes Bill

MFC Alert:

Please call Senator Coleman at 202.224.5641 or 651.645.0323 and urge him to vote against "Hate Crimes" legislation which is being considered as an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill (S. 1535). This amendment would bypass the normal committee process and be offered to a defense spending bill in an effort to force President Bush to sign the legislation or veto critical funding for the global war on terror.

The legislation would give special treatment to some victims of crimes, by among other things, adding "sexual orientation" to the list of federal "hate crimes" categories. It has already been used to threaten people's free speech regarding the issue of homosexuality. A few years ago, several peaceful Christian protestors at a gay pride parade in Philadelphia were charged with felony hate crimes. Though those charges were thrown out many weeks later by a judge, the message was clear: Don't say anything negative about homosexuality. Even what the Bible says about homosexuality could be criminalized.

This legislation would bring the federal government into the picture across all fifty states.

It's vitally important that Senator Coleman be strongly encouraged to oppose this amendment which endangers free speech and religious liberty.

Again, Senator Coleman's number in Washington, DC is 202.224.5641 while his Minnesota office's number is 651.645.0323. Call both numbers if you can.

Thank you for your assistance on this critical issue!


It will be interesting to see what Coleman does. When he met with Log Cabin Republicans, he told us that he supported hate crimes legislation.

This means the MFC knows that Coleman is a swing vote on this. They are not asking their people to waste their time calling Klobuchar.

Did Vitter Lie to Christian Ministers?

Right Hand Thief:

Over the past few days it was confirmed on talk radio that David Vitter met with a number of Christian Conservative ministers/pastors in Baton Rouge in the weeks/months prior to the November 2004 general election in which he was elected to the Senate. Based on two independent sources who spoke on talk radio this past week, Vitter was asked at the meeting about the rumors circulating that he had committed adultery and had frequented prostitutes.

From what these two sources stated, Vitter denied the allegations and assured these Christian ministers there were "no skeletons in my closet." One source stated publicly the other day that Gene Mills, Executive Director of the Louisiana Family Forum, attended the meeting. It's been rumored that Religious Right leader James Dobson might have been there, but that has not been confirmed.

If Vitter lied to these pastors about his secret life (probably after everyone in attendance prayed for Vitter), then how can the public trust a man who would lie to Christian ministers who asked him a direct question about his adulterous double life? After that meeting, the Religious Right in Louisiana began an aggressive campaign to support and to ensure the election of David Vitter to the Senate based on his promotion of "Family Values" and his adherence to those values in his personal life. Now we know David Vitter is the antithesis of "Family Values." He's a fraud.


Hopefully reporters will dig into who was at that meeting.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Nazi Analogies by Keith Ellison and Powerline Blog

It's almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that. After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it and it put the leader of that country [Hitler] in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted. The fact is that I'm not saying [Sept. 11] was a [U.S.] plan, or anything like that because, you know, that's how they put you in the nut-ball box -- dismiss you.

Rep. Keith Ellison, Speech to Athiests for Human Rights, Edina, Minnesota, July 2007


Then from the right:

“In this campaign season, there is seemingly no length to which the Democratic Party, like the National Socialist Party of seventy years ago, will not go.

“Observing today’s Democratic Party raises a deadly serious question: Is it inevitable that a party of hate will become a party of violence?”

Source: John Hinderaker, "Nazi/Democratic Party Thugs Strike In Wisconsin", Powerline blog, October 2004 (also City Pages Best Meltdown Award Winner)


Now Powerline is upset by the "Ellison Hussle" by the Star Tribune and just shocked, just shocked about his Reichdag remarks.

In promoting the disgusting conspiracy myths of radical 'truthers' and extremist Muslims, Ellison is simply working his latest hustle to the growing audience in the nut-ball box. It's an audience that includes the Minneapolis atheists who fancy themselves too intelligent to believe in God.


Katherine Kersten, Scott Johnson and others on the right, writing about this or commenting had trouble with Keith Ellison speaking to atheists. From comments to a newsbusters post about this:

ThisnThat Says:
July 14, 2007 - 20:48

Actually, I was wondering why a muslim would be talking to atheists??? Was he tring to convert them? It sounds as though this was a friendly get-together, and I'm guessing fellow muslims might be a little upset, here.

Wonder if this guy would give the same speech to a group of, say, Marines? Would love to see that interaction, wouldn't you?


Will the Drama Queen go after Powerline?

Ironically the Minnesota Monitor is harder on Keith Ellison using the Nazi analogy than the Star Tribune who strongly defended Ellison in an editorial.

Can the Legislature Expel Olson?

From the Drama Queen's comments:

# Duke Powell Says:
July 14th, 2007 at 10:12 pm

Rep Olson cannot be expelled from the Legislature by his peers. He is, however, subject to a recall election as set forth in state statute 211C.

In this instance he has been convicted of a “serious crime” as defined by this statute. The procedure for recall is quite specific and not particularly onerous.

# MplsSteve Says:
July 15th, 2007 at 3:17 am

Duke-

Are you sure about that? The reason I ask is back in 1986, the House came very close to expelling then-Rep Randy Staten. Staten was accused of writing about $8,200 in bad checks as well as filing late or incomplete campaign finance reports.

At the time, the GOP controlled that chamber 69-65. 3 or 4 GOP reps voted against expulsion and as expected, all the Democrats did too.

Has the House (since that time) changed its rules on expelling members who break laws?


A recall might be the way to go. As Duke Powell noted, Minnesota Statute 211c describes the process. 25 signatures of registered voters in the district are required.