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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Stonewall DFL Screenings

How many suburban DFL Federal Candidates will show up for these:

Saturday 1/19/2008 Stonewall DFL Federal candidate screening Hennepin County Government Center - Jury Room 12 noon - 5 pm

Both 6th District candidates told me they planned to attend.

Avidor's Interview with Elwyn Tinklenberg is on the Uptake

Check it out here. Elwyn Tinklenberg is one of two candidates running against Michele Bachmann. When the page loads, another video starts to play on the right nav bar. You can turn that off by going to the "menu" on the lower right of the video and turn it off.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Strib Covers the Republican Executive Committee Meeting


Discontent about Minnesota GOP chairman Ron Carey's endorsement of Mike Huckabee for president surfaced Thursday night at the party's executive committee meeting in St. Paul, and the committee asked the party's central committee to consider prohibiting paid party officers from endorsing candidates.

Carey riled some party activists this week when he endorsed the former Arkansas governor. Some sources said his action is causing growing discord among Republican activists, with some insisting that his support of a candidate could undermine party unity less than a month before Minnesotans vote in precinct caucuses.

Well duh.....

It's unusual for a state party leader to endorse a candidate so early in a presidential race, especially when other party activists are backing other candidates. While Carey emphasized that his support is personal, others expressed doubts that he could separate his support for Huckabee from his role as state chairman.

After the meeting broke up shortly before 10 p.m., party spokesman Mark Drake said executive committee members had "a vigorous, good discussion" of Carey's roles as party chairman and Huckabee supporter.

Drake said Carey's status as party chairman wasn't threatened in the meeting, and that no one asked him to step aside from the Huckabee campaign.

Drake said the decision to consider barring paid party officials from doing similar campaign work in the future was the only action taken.

This would make sense. There isn't an upside to having a public vetting at a state central committee. Recent Minnesota Republican Chair races have been very divisive to the party.

Andy Aplikowski gets his moment in the sun:

Were assurances given?

But one party activist who said he has contacts in the room reported that committee members won assurances from Carey that he would limit his campaign work for Huckabee and not use state party funds for it.

"We don't need this mess right now," said the activist, Andy Aplikowski , a delegate to the state central committee and a Carey opponent. He said the controversy could hurt party efforts leading up to the Feb. 5 precinct caucuses.

He expressed doubt that the controversy would disappear because some activists, he said, will wonder who Carey is working for before the caucuses.

"You just don't switch it off," he said of Carey's support of Huckabee. "When we need him to make a good decision on our behalf, can we trust him ... or is he going to go with his heart again?"

Executive committee meetings are closed to the public, but members leaving the meeting Thursday night confirmed the committee's action.

"There was a pretty robust discussion about the situation," said Secretary-Treasurer Tony Sutton.

The Rochester Post-Bulletin Editorializes about Carey's Antics:

Carey's announcement, however, is puzzling. Whatever Huckabee's merits as a candidate, Carey now will be serving two masters. As GOP party chief, he leads a staff that he says will remain neutral throughout the nominating process. But at the same time, he'll be spearheading the campaign for one of the Republican contenders.

Does that mean he'll work for all of the candidates by day, then put on his Huckabee for President button at 5 p.m. and start making phone calls?

And keep in mind that this is no ordinary election year for the Minnesota GOP -- the party will host the Republican National Convention in September. If McCain, Romney or Giuliani arrive as the de facto nominee, don't expect Carey to be high on the list of people with whom they want to eat dinner.

What's even more puzzling is that Carey seems fully aware of the risks he's taking. "I'm going to take some hits for this," he told a Pioneer Press reporter, but added, "If you're looking for World War III in the Republican Party, I think you're going to be disappointed."

Given Minnesota's swing-state status, the state GOP should be doing everything it can to avoid not just wars but even the slightest unnecessary interparty skirmishes, which is precisely what Carey is creating. He didn't need to endorse Huckabee before his defeat in New Hampshire, and one could certainly make the case that the Minnesota GOP should keep its powder dry at least until South Carolina has weighed in. After all, of the few advantages of having a later primary is that it's easier to handicap the race. Carey has given back that advantage.

When asked to comment on Carey's decision, Senate Minority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester was fairly blunt. "I wouldn't have done it," he said. "I don't know what compelled him to do it, and it's not his job to endorse a candidate at this point. But in the end, I'm not sure how much of a difference it will make."

We'll be even more blunt. If Carey truly believes Mike Huckabee is "the best of the best," then he should resign as party chief. That would allow him to work full time for the former Arkansas governor. Huckabee's fledging organization in Minnesota could use the help, and the state GOP doesn't need a leader who tries to wear two hats.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Triple A Reports on the Executive Committee Meeting

Triple A:

Exclusive - Carey….. And the Cell Signal Dies

OK, I’m not supposed to do this, but here is what the results are.

Carey is staying on as Party Chair. He will become the honorary Chair for Huckabees campaign. He will not do any public fundraising, speaking, answer any media inquiries. He would be allowed to go home at night and make calls privately. I am told the meeting was civil and business like. there were no tensions.

An email from a private source should be sent out tomorrow, not using any party resources.

Another source tells me that Carey's future with the party was not in question here. I'm still trying to verify whether it's true that Carey will no longer be doing fundraising, speaking and answering media inquiries for the state party. If that is so, what will he be doing for his salary? I'm trying to verify from other sources whether this is accurate.

Update: According to a source close to Ron Carey, Ron Carey is still functioning in the exact same capacity, and with the exact same responsiblities as state chair.

Strib to Do Story on Internal Backbiting in Minnesota GOP in Response to Ron Carey's Endorsement of Mike Huckabee

Andy Aplikowski was interviewed for the story by two separate reporters.

Well, it is an interesting night for sure. I have had 2 Star tribune reporters call me. (Note: They called me) They were inquiring about the Carey Huckabee deal and what might take place tonight. I did talk to them.

For others out here I’ll share, I suppose I could give a state of things update. The Republican Party of Minnesota State Executive Committee is meeting as I type this. it was a regularly scheduled monthly meeting, but this will likely take up a considerable portion of the agenda. I can’t tell you what is going to happen, I really don’t know.

I do know that at least some members of the State Ex. Comm. are not happy about this, and something is going to happen. I think we could expect a few things. The outcome of tonight will probably be along the lines of my post from last night. The Strib is going to write on this. And Chances are there will be some who are not happy.

If Carey is asked to leave the party, his die hard supporters and Huckabee backers will be upset. If he just slapped on the wrist, others won’t be satisfied and this will probably not be over.

I think it is safe to say that Carey did cross a line and raise serious concerns about trust/loyalty/accountability of the paid full-time employee. And that is not sitting well with the State Central Committee.

Go read the whole thing.

Jeff Kouba from Truth v Machine is Bashes Mitt Romney

Jeff Kouba on Truth v Machine:

I see no fire in Romney. If Iran blatantly sent a truck bomb into the Green Zone, I fear a President Romney would address the nation and say “When I was running the Olympics, I was in a tough negotiation with some drywall contracters….” He says the right things, but when the barbarians are coming over the ridge, I don’t want a guy who’s read a book in charge of our defense, I want the guy who won’t rest until he drives our enemy before us, burns their villages, and hears the lamentation of their women.


Kiki the Cat R.I.P.

Our calico cat Kiki passed away last week.

The kids picked out Kiki and Buttons at the Humane Society.

Buttons passed away in 2004. Here is a gallery of drawings of Buttons from my journals. Buttons was one crazy cat who used up his nine lives in a hurry.

Although Kiki did little more than eat and sleep, she did something that always cracked me up...

On a hot summer day, Kiki would stretch out flat on her back. I've never seen a cat do that before. Here is a drawing of Kiki trying to cool off from my 2001 journal.

Ken Avidor, cat

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Laurie Coleman's Invention: the Blo and Go


Laurie Coleman's partner is hoping they become gazillionaires with BLO & GO, the hair dryer holder.

A couple years ago Sen. Norm Coleman's model-actor wife told me she "working on a couple things."

Her business partner, L.A. entertainment and PR guy Anthony Turk, e-mailed me Wednesday to say: "You probably do not remember but I told you that Laurie Coleman was working on something about 3 years ago and we would tell you about it when the time was right. The time is right! Check out our official website at and you can see our TV spot and better understand the product."

The mother of this invention was inspired by a coat hanger and necessity. "It's cool, isn't it?" said Turk. "For years when she was modeling she'd get there and there'd be 20 girls per runway show and there are like two hair stylists. So she would get her own hair started by putting a coat hanger over the door and rigging up her blow dryer so she had two free hands. All the other models would start doing it too." After seeing her rig that hair dryer up while traveling with Norm, Turk said: " I looked at her and I said, 'Why don't you just come up with something?' She said will you help me? We became partners, got a patent attorney and we put our team [of investors] together and created the BLO and GO."

This inspired a thread at Democratic Underground.

Former Mark Kennedy Campaign Manager Pat Shortridge Condemns Ron Carey's Endorsement of Mike Huckabee

Truth v Machine:

As the Host Chairman for the 2008 Republican Convention, you’d think Ron Carey would be doubly cautious about picking winners and losers and more interested in rolling out the welcome mat. The other Republican candidates will be less than thrilled that the Minnesota Party Chairman, the Host Chairman has endorsed one of their opponents. How enthusiastic will any of them be to help the Minnesota Republican Party any time soon? That is likely to mean less money for our party, less money to help our candidates.

A final, final point: In politics as in life, timing is everything. Chairman Carey’s announcement, coming only days after a humiliating Republican defeat in a State Senate special election, will cause many to wonder if his focus is in the right place. Is Chairman Carey’s focus on national politics, or here in Minnesota? Is he spending his time strategerizing with Huck or figuring out how to dig out of the hole here in Minnesota?

There’s no Party rule that prevents Ron Carey from endorsing for President. It does, however, violate the laws of good judgment and common sense. The Chairman deserves the benefit of the doubt that this is a one-time hiccup, and not part of a troubling pattern. But I’m sure many folks will be watching all the more closely.

I think the biggest problem with Carey's endorsement is that he is the host for the Republican National Convention. This is going to hurt relations between the Minnesota Republican Party and the other Republican campaigns.

Jason Lewis was ranting about Ron Carey's endorsement on his radio show today.

And so the soap opera continues.

Minnesota Majority Now Shilling for the Governor's Immigration Proposals

Their whining post criticizing the Pioneer Press for covering their article which talked about "racial purity" and health care got several comments:

Re: A Prescription for Media Bias By Barb on 1/6/2008
Unqualified! Star and Tribune Must be government subsidized. We won't subscribe and we will soon be cancelling the pioneer press.

Re: A Prescription for Media Bias By humanendurance on 1/6/2008
I stopped watching all media...don't read the paper... all bias bs. Thank GOD there is truth on the radio. Thank GOD, people with human qualities are voicing it. It's too bad people with human qualities don't exist in the government of a country of what used to be free and used to conduct democracy...the government fails to encourage human qualities and takes advantage of those that have it. I suppose they can't encourage what they don't have. If it doesn't cost money they won't consider it.

Re: A Prescription for Media Bias By Barb on 1/6/2008
It's too bad bias gets paid. I am cancelling the paper, news media (tv) and any other deceitful media. Certainly someone has to proof read and obviously the focus IS to be bias...MEDIA AND GOVERNMENT REQUIREMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT.

Now that the Governor is shilling about Immigration, Minnesota Majority is trying to get legitimacy. The Governor would be wise to stay away from a group that is known for its statements about "racial purity."

Bill Richardson Dropping Out


MERRIMACK, N.H. - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson ended his campaign for the presidency Wednesday after twin fourth-place finishes that showed his impressive credentials could not compete with his rivals' star power.

Richardson planned to announce the decision Thursday, according to two people close to the governor with knowledge of the decision. They spoke on a condition of anonymity in advance of the governor's announcement.

Richardson's campaign would not comment on the governor's decision, reached after a meeting with his top advisers Wednesday in New Mexico.

Who will his supporters go to?

Bishop Herb Chilstrom on Evangelicals

A great op-ed in the Star Tribune

Herbert W. Chilstrom: What being evangelical means to me
By tacking on a political agenda, some have sullied and secularized what once was a revered term.


Last update: January 8, 2008 - 6:49 PM

Am I an "Evangelical Christian"? No, emphatically no. Am I an evangelical Christian? Yes, emphatically yes.

I became an evangelical Christian on Nov. 29, 1931, six weeks after I was born. My parents were farmers on the prairie of south central Minnesota.

Like Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Orthodox, Methodist and many other believers, my Lutheran parents made certain I was baptized. They believed "evangelical" meant that God takes the initiative when we become a Christian, even as an infant. First, foremost, and primarily, God makes the first move.

My parents and sponsors, as an act of faith, affirmed the beliefs of my church and promised to bring me up in a Christian environment. Along the way it became important for me to confirm what had happened on that Sunday in 1931. As a youth and on through the rest of my life I have continued to confess my faith in the presence of a Christian congregation. As an evangelical Christian I try to let that faith be seen in all I say and do. Yes, I fail all too often. But being an evangelical Christian means that I believe God forgives and helps me move on again. It's that simple.

So why am I so emphatic in saying that I am not an "Evangelical Christian"? It's because I now find myself living in a culture where some folks who call themselves "Evangelical Christians" are putting a very different twist on that old and revered term. They have sullied and secularized it by tacking on a political agenda. They tend to identify themselves not simply by what they believe, but by the stance they take on controversial issues. The majority of them are anti-abortion, pro-death penalty, anti-gay rights, pro-preemptive war, anti-immigration, pro-home schooling, anti-Palestinian rights, pro-Republican party, anti-Democratic party, pro-literal reading of the Bible, anti-higher taxes, and so on.

As I look over the list of things these "Evangelical Christians" espouse, I find that in some areas I agree with them. In most, I strongly disagree.

So when one applies all of this to our common life in the public square, what is the difference between being an evangelical Christian and an "Evangelical Christian"? In my opinion, it lies in the emphasis evangelical Christians put on the use of reason in relationship to their faith. A few examples:

• The best auto mechanic I have ever had is a devout Roman Catholic. He never fails to do the right thing. It makes common sense to go to him.

• The best diagnostic physicians I have ever had are a non-practicing Jew and an active Lutheran. Their keen minds have spared me many maladies. It seems reasonable to go to physicians like them.

• The best surgeons I have ever known are a probable agnostic and a practicing Jew. Each knows exactly what to do. It seems reasonable to trust them.

• The best mayor I have ever known was a Lutheran socialist. His city was one of the best-governed in the country. He was reasonable in everything he did.

• The best presidents of the United States, in my opinion, were a non-church member, an occasional Episcopalian, a cranky member of the Christian Church -- Disciples of Christ, and a Mennonite/Presbyterian. They served effectively in times of crisis. They did what was most reasonable. Two were Republicans; two were Democrats.

• In my judgment, the best former president we've ever had is a devout Southern Baptist.

In this election year I will be evaluating candidates, whether they are seeking local office or the presidency of the United States, on the basis of their qualifications as wise and reasonable women and men.

• Do they have compassion for the poor and vulnerable?

• Do they understand that politics at its best is practicing the art of the possible?

• Do they have the capacity to work for compromise on difficult issues?

• Do they have the intelligence to see all sides of a complex question?

• Do they have the physical stamina to endure the rigors of office?

• Do they know how to surround themselves with a capable staff, including people who will tell them the truth?

• In the presidential contest, does the candidate have the potential to become a respected statesperson in the community of nations? And will this person be likely to seek to resolve international conflict by dialogue and political negotiation, using military force only as a last resort?

If I sense that candidates for any office are dancing to the lock-step tune of the "Evangelical Christian" segment in our society, they will not get my vote. If they happen to be evangelical Christians, well and good. But that will not be a primary requirement.

An evangelical Christian? Yes. An "Evangelical Christian"? No. It's that simple.

Herbert W. Chilstrom, St. Peter, Minn., is the former presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

I'm biased, as Bishop Chilstrom and I happen to share the same demoninational heritage. That said, it's such a relief to hear an adult comment on this topic.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Aplikowski Now Saying Executive Committee Should Deal With Ron Carey

Residual Forces:

Yes it would be very easy to get 20 State Central Delegates in order to call a meeting, and I probably have a dozen or so people on board already if my emails are correct.

But here’s the REAL problem, it would bring out the worst in some of the people in this party to do anything to stop this. I do not think Ron Carey or his die hard supporters would go down with out a fight, and we really don’t need the distraction during Precinct Caucus planning, or BPOU conventions immediately after that, or Congressional District Conventions after that. To quote Mr Carey, “We need to unite! Unite! Unite!”

I think we need to put faith in the Executive Committee to deal with Carey. That is what they are for. The last thing we need is a public food fight, or another big convention/meeting at this time to plan. And we all have far more to do getting ready for Caucus and our own local conventions than to deal with this Carey mess.

Hopefully there is the kind of anger or disbelief of Carey’s Huckabee endorsement arrogance with the Executive Members so that they can take one of my suggestions, or come up with a better one so that we can move forward towards the same goal or a stronger Party working together on the 2008 General elections in Minnesota. If they do choose to do nothing, well then Carey has some serious explaining to do to the Delegates of the Party, not just to the Executive Committee behind closed doors. He owes us an explanation how he can loyally do both be CEO of the party and organize and run the Huckabee camp. (suggestions post linked above)

For those of you out there who have contacted me or are thinking about recalling the Chairman, keep in mind it will take more than just 20 people from 2 Congressional Districts. That will simply get the meeting called. It will then take a 2/3 vote to remove him, and I can tell you, you don’t want to come up short on that. (TRUST ME!!!!!!)

I’ve seen some of the messages and comments the Chairman is getting or that are out there. He will realize he made a mistake, well I have hope he will. I cannot imagine a more divisive thing he could have done to this party as a whole. Others are realizing this and very upset with the Chairman. I do think we could have a big problem if nothing happens, and we could see a division in the party at the local leadership level to the State level. This would be absolutely disastrous if we are going to really get better at working together and not as autonomous organizations.

My advice for everyone is that we build the list of Delegates willing to sign a letter calling a State Central Meeting to discuss this with the Chairman. It would be great to do that by Thursday for the Executive meeting. If no one else wants to take this on, I could be the conduit to get it to someone on the State Executive Committee members. I’ve already expressed my concerns by email to a number of them already as well as what I have posted here.

I think Ron Carey shot himself in the foot.

Doug Grow on Ron Carey's Announcement that He Would be Chairing the Huckabee Campaign in Minnesota

Minn Post:

But at least some powerful Republicans believe he should have figured out a way to stifle himself.

Brian Sullivan, a party powerhouse who is supporting Mitt Romney's campaign, told the Star Tribune that he finds it hard to believe that Carey can wear a Huckabee campaign button and support all other Republicans at the same time.

In coming days, more Republicans are certain to raise concerns about the "neutrality" of Carey, who already is trying to hold together a fractured party.

For his part, Brian Melendez, chair of the DFL, had no comment about Carey's surprising decision other than to say he will remain neutral until there is only one Democrat left standing in the long selection process. But surely he went to bed smiling Monday night.

Carey knew this would be dicey business. He said he studied the party's by-laws and learned there was nothing in them to prevent him from supporting a presidential candidate. The by-laws, he said, do prevent him from supporting candidates whose races directly involve the state, meaning, for example, he could not chose one Republican over another in a U.S. Senate race.

Carey said he did "tip a few people off" on his plan to treat all candidates equally but Huckabee a little more so. Presumably, that means he contacted Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is supporting John McCain, and Sullivan among others.

Grow also talked about how the real focus in the Huckabee campaign will be turning out the theocrats.

But it is apparent that Minnesotans for Huckabee aren't going to be targeting the middle class so much as evangelical Christians in the short time until the state's Feb. 5 caucuses.

Gary Borgendale, a campaign aide, is charged with getting the Huckabee message to every evangelical pastor in the state. The pro-life movement also will be targeted, Borgendale said.

Carey, it should be noted, is an evangelical.

"We're marketing to a small group of people," Carey said, noting that no more than 30,000 Republicans are expected to participate in the caucus. He believes that with no money and likely no appearances by the candidate, Minnesota Republicans will react as Iowans did.

I wonder how much hawking the Huckster will be going on under the radar on KKMS?

Ron Carey's Candidate in Action

From the Washington Times

Article published Jan 8, 2008
Huckabee vows to defy birthright citizenship

January 8, 2008

By Stephen Dinan - Mike Huckabee wants to amend the Constitution to prevent children born in the U.S. to illegal aliens from automatically becoming American citizens, according to his top immigration surrogate — a radical step no other major presidential candidate has embraced.

Mr. Huckabee, who won last week's Republican Iowa caucuses, promised Minuteman Project founder James Gilchrist that he would force a test case to the Supreme Court to challenge birthright citizenship, and would push Congress to pass a 28th Amendment to the Constitution to remove any doubt.

The former Arkansas governor thinks the case against U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean was railroaded, Mr. Gilchrist said. Ramos and Compean are serving lengthy prison sentences for shooting a fleeing drug-smuggling suspect in the buttocks.

"I would make it my first act as president to pardon agents Ramos and Compean," Mr. Gilchrist said Mr. Huckabee told him. "I regret that they have spent yet another Christmas locked up in a windowless cell like animals and unable to be free and with their families."

Mr. Gilchrist, who campaigned with Mr. Huckabee in Iowa last week, said Mr. Huckabee explained his positions in a half-hour conversation on the campaign trail.

"I read back my notes to him twice and I told him I did not want to put words in his mouth," said Mr. Gilchrist, who also issued a press release from the Minuteman Project detailing Mr. Huckabee's positions. "The guy looked me right in the eye."

Campaign spokeswoman Kirsten Fedewa said Mr. Huckabee intends to review the case against Ramos and Compean as one of his first acts as president, but she didn't otherwise dispute Mr. Gilchrist's quotes as provided by The Washington Times.

Miss Fedewa said Mr. Huckabee and Mr. Gilchrest are "united by a mutual desire to end illegal immigration and are political allies toward that end."

Mr. Huckabee has defended his policies on illegal aliens while he was Arkansas governor. He pressed for illegal aliens to gain college tuition benefits, complained about federal immigration raids in his state and declined to have state police enforce immigration laws, although the state legislature gave him the authority to do so.

Mr. Huckabee now has adopted one of the strictest immigration platforms of any campaign. He has proposed a policy requiring all illegal aliens to return home and apply for immigration through legal channels.

His new position on birthright citizenship also puts him alone among the candidates. Many legal scholars say the 14th Amendment, which says "all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States," grants automatic citizenship to any baby born in the U.S., except in diplomatic cases.

Members of Congress have never tried to change birthright citizenship by law.

Mr. Huckabee told Mr. Gilchrist that he supports a Supreme Court test case but also would encourage Congress to introduce a constitutional amendment to exclude from automatic citizenship any children born to illegal aliens.

Mr. Gilchrist endorsed Mr. Huckabee last month and has campaigned with him ever since. Mr. Gilchrist said Mr. Huckabee is the best candidate on the immigration issue still in the race and who has a chance of being the presidential nominee.

Others calling for stricter immigration policy have accused Mr. Gilchrist of opportunism and backing a bad candidate.

Brook Young, who runs, produced a Web video criticizing Mr. Gilchrist's endorsement. Mr. Gilchrist fired back last week with an e-mail that appeared to threaten to publicly accuse the man of being a pedophile.

"I have been hearing on the blogs, over the telephone and through e-mails that you are a pedophile, Brook. Will that accusation also reach the news media soon?" Mr. Gilchrist wrote. "If the blogs and e-mails say so, then aren't you guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt?"

Mr. Young posted the e-mail on his Web site and said he had to go public because Mr. Gilchrist has exceeded the bounds of the immigration debate, "to promote and actually lie about Mike Huckabee and his immigration plan and his past record. Now we feel like we have to say something."

"It's crazy," he said. "You get e-mails from this guy and it's like this guy is truly out of his mind."

Mr. Huckabee has promised to run a clean campaign. William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee, said Mr. Gilchrist's campaigning reflects badly on Mr. Huckabee.

"He's an intrinsic front-row part of the campaign who's sending out e-mails to people who oppose Huckabee to try to lie about them," said Mr. Gheen, who has tangled with Mr. Gilchrist and is trying to block Mr. Huckabee from winning the Republican nomination.

Mr. Huckabee's campaign said the governor was not available to comment on the e-mail exchange.

Mr. Gilchrist said he was not accusing Mr. Young of pedophilia, but making a point about making up charges.

He also said he was not speaking on behalf of Mr. Huckabee when he sent the e-mail, and that the criticism pushed him to the limit.

"That was a private e-mail and what I was doing was setting up an example: 'This is what you've done to me, I'm not going to do this to you, but how would you like it if I did this to you?' " Mr. Gilchrist said.

What would Jesus do?

The Ron Carey Soap Opera Continues

I have heard from two sources in the party that there are efforts to unseat Ron Carey. A source sent me the relevant bylaws (from 2004):

Section 2. Meetings of the State Central Committee may be called by the chair or by the State Executive Committee or by any twenty (20) members of the State Central Committee who must be from no fewer than two Congressional Districts. Written notice of each meeting shall be mailed to each member at least ten (10) days in advance.


SECTION 3: Removals. Notice of every proposal for removal by any committee or other body of the party shall be included in the notice of the meeting, and the individual concerned shall be served with a detailed statement of the charges against him/her at least ten days prior to such meeting.

An executive committee member told me he could not support pushing for such a meeting. One highly placed source told me that Deputy Chair Dorothy Fleming is being proposed as a replacement for Carey. My other source who told me about efforts to dethrone Carey had not heard specific names. Fleming was quoted in Andy Aplikowski's article criticizing Carey:

I did have the chance to speak with MNGOP Deputy Chair Dorothy Fleming, a good friend of my family, and she seemed to be quite upset about this. She told me that she was told that she had to remain nuetral in the Presidential race until endorsement by Chairman Carey. I had heard this from others. I told her to come out and set a good example. Go ahead and endorse someone, since it is perfectly with in party rules, but refuse to take any active role in the campaign. I don’t know what her intentions are, but it is pretty bad if he tells her she has to remain nuetral, then runs out and organizes Huckabee’s campaign in Minnesota.

One of my other sources also had heard this story that Fleming had been told by Carey that she should not support a specific presidential candidate. Another source tells me that Fleming had a Fred Thompson sign up in her office before the Carey press conference. The sign has now been taken down.

Triple A:

How can we know that when he is calling for fund raising (don’t forget HE is our top fund raising guy now) that he is faithfully giving the Republican Party of Minnesota 100% and not splitting time with Huckabee?

Since he has morphed the Party Chair position into one of a CEO-like nature, how can he possibly run a Statewide campaign for a Presidential candidate? He current makes $100,000+/- as Chair of MNGOP, plus expenses, who is going to monitor him and his day to day time to avoid any legal issues?

Will he punch out of the MNGOP payroll when there is a crisis in the Huckabee campaign that needs immediate attention? Will it be the honor system of turning in time sheets? Will he use his office and/or office hardware paid for by the MNGOP to “volunteer” on behalf of Mike Huckabee? Some are saying that a paid party staffer doing any work for a candidate like this would be akin to the Party giving an in-kind contribution, and that is a legal problem.

Regardless of whether it is “allowed” Carey’s endorsement and volunteer Chairmanship for Mike Huckabees campaign opens up big ethical problems and potential for FEC or Campaign finance violations. Is the Party attorney now being forced to investigate the ramifications? Who is paying?


In my opinion, the best thing for the Party would be for Ron Carey to resign or take a leave of absence until after the Republican endorsement is complete.

The next best thing would be for the Executive Committee to revoke his CEO status, salary, and have the Party’s Executive Director and Deputy Chair operate the party. For some reason I don’t think he’d go for that one.

The worst thing that could happen is for Carey to fight. The party is in a very delicate state right now, and the POTUS race is so very heated that this thing could blow up and destroy the party. The Party leadership is split between candidates, and the National Campaigns are fighting tooth and nail and it is getting dirty.

We DON’T need to have this battle here in the Leadership circle when we have something much more important like taking back (or not losing any more) State House Seats; reelecting Reps. Bachmann and Kline; holding the CD3 seat; taking back the 1st CD; and reelecting Sen. Coleman. I’d like to think that is possible in a general election year. I’d love more, but that is my label of success for 2008.

I hate to say I told you so, but….

The knives are out. Dan Conroy was ranting about this topic when he was guest hosting for Jason Lewis.

Did Someone in the DOJ Leak Information About Corruption Investigation to Right-Wing GOP Blogger?

Drew Emmer posted a defense of former U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose on his Wright County Republican blog with this interesting statement:

Paulose was hot on the trail of uncovering a significant corruption issue in Minnesota.

Amazing how expendable the U.S. Attorney becomes when there is big money on the line.

Somebody in the Department of Justice leaked information about an ongoing corruption investigation to... Drew Emmer?

Unless Emmer is just making it up, the new acting U.S. Attorney for Minnesota Frank Magill should investigate who leaked that information to Emmer and fire them immediately.

Spreading rumors about ongoing DOJ corruption investigations is a very serious matter. Public corruption is a serious offense and allegations of corruption should not be made lightly.

One thing we learned from last year's U.S. Attorney scandal is that the DOJ's power to investigate can destroy careers and have a serious effect on the outcome of elections.

Leaking information about an ongoing DOJ investigation may also jeopardize the investigation, alerting targets of the investigation.

Does Drew Emmer have a source for his rumor or did he make it up?

Monday, January 07, 2008

Hillary Clinton's Emotional Moment

CNN here.

Blogs on Ron Carey's Latest Move

MN Publius:

Thank You Lord, For Sending Me Ron Carey
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If anyone was curious as to why the (Independent) Republican Party of Minnesota has had it’s electoral tuchus handed to it recently your gaze should settle right at the top, Ron Carey. From financial mismanagement, weak staffing, being outworked in the field, Ron Carey has hit all the bases of mediocrity. Although the Republican party suffered an embarrassing defeat in the SD25 special election there was always hope that this could be the year that he stopped the bleeding.


Rest safe dear readers, Ron Carey went above and beyond the call of incompetence today.

Today it was announced that Carey is supporting and will be the chairman of Mike Huckabee’s MN campaign.

Wait– read that again. One more time for clarity. Got it?

The Chair of the Minnesota Republican Party is taking a leadership role in a campaign, that is participating in an election that he has extraordinary power to effect. Howard Dean nationally, and Brian Melendez locally haven’t endorsed in any endorsement race as far as I can figure; because the referee shouldn’t be playing for one of the teams.

Residual Forces:

Another developement tonight is an online grassroots action to spread the message about the Governor’s press conference today on Illegal Immigration. It immediately preceeded Carey’s announcement for Huckabee. There is a lot of positivity toward Pawlenty’s stand from a critical conservtives. And where was the Chairman of the Republican party while Pawlenty was finally taking a great stand? That’s right, working for the Huckster.

As if I need to even say it, but so the huge amounts of traffic and new readers to RF know:

Yes, I have been critical of Carey, from the very moments he took office. Does that change anything? He made a bone headed move today that even some his bestest of supporters are unhappy with (I am told). And the rest are trying to once again tear down this blogger in order to deflect the damage done by: “their guy”. Carey endorsed and is working for a tax and spend , nanny state, pro-Amnesty, big government liberal candidate for President.

The Wege:

Ron Carey will be "spearheading" Mike Huckabee's Minnesota campaign. Makes sense to me. Who better to lead a born-again's campaign than a member of the living dead?

Did Ron Carey Stump for Huckabee in Iowa During the SD 25 Race?

This is a rumor that is going around among some in the Minnesota Republican Party. This post by Tim Pugmire at MPR Polinaut seems to confirm this.

The chairman of the state Republican party announced today that he'll head the Minnesota campaign of GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee.

Ron Carey says he's been quietly supporting Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign for a year. Four days after Huckabee's convincing win in the Iowa caucuses, Carey went public with his preference.

He also unveiled a list of other prominent Minnesota Republicans who've joined the Huckabee team. Carey said Huckabee is the best of a stellar group of GOP candidates.

Others in the Republican party are criticizing Carey's move to endorsement. From Polinaut:

Carey says he doesn't know if Huckabee will visit Minnesota before the February 5th precinct caucuses.

The move is unusual but Carey says the state party bylaws allow him to give his early support to a presidential candidate.

"I'm going to take some hits for this," Carey said. "But I truly believe in the long haul that this is the best thing for the Republican party to have a viable campaign for Mike Huckabee. And I think he's the candidate that has the best chance to lead up to success in November."

But a co-chair of Mitt Romney's Minnesota campaign criticized the move. Brian Sullivan said Carey would be better served helping all Republicans rather than one particular candidate.

Sullivan was an active supporter of Carey's reelection as party chair. I'm not sure how this action by the Republican party chair will help:

  • Reelect Norm Coleman to the US Senate.
  • Elect more Republicans to the state house.
  • Helping to reelect Kline, Bachmann and to take the open congressional seat in the 3rd district and defeat Tim Walz.

What kind of message does it send nationally, when the state chair of the Republican National Convention hosting state endorses a specific presidential candidate prior to the person being the nominee?

Strib coverage here also quotes Brian Sullivan:

Ruffling a few feathers

Carey acknowledged that his endorsement of a candidate would be controversial among some Minnesota GOP activists who believe he shouldn't take a stand so early in the race.

Quick to fulfill that expectation was Brian Sullivan, a businessman and Republican National Committee member who is supporting Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

"Traditionally, the chairman doesn't endorse particular candidates because his job as head of the party is to help all Republicans win and essentially not introduce a bias for one candidate over another," Sullivan said.

"It's hard to disassociate what he wants to do personally from what his official capacity is," Sullivan said. "I don't think that that's possible."

The Strib coverage also points out that Gary Borgendale, who lobbies for the Minnesota Family Council and organized the "Pastor's Network" to push for the Bachmann amendment is working to support Huckabee:

The announcement at the State Capitol also signals that Huckabee will enjoy considerable support in Minnesota from religious conservatives, who were instrumental in his victory in Iowa. Joining Carey for the announcement was Gary Borgendale, a former pastor-network coordinator for Minnesota for Marriage, which pushed unsuccessfully in recent years for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and civil unions.

Borgendale said that evangelicals would spread support for Huckabee by e-mail and through websites and that ministers could give personal endorsements outside the pulpit.

Borgendale said he met Huckabee in Des Moines.

"I got very interested in his faith and family values, his strong pro-life position and his strong position on marriage between one man and one woman," Borgendale said. "More and more I began to like what he stood for."

For Gary Borgendale, those seem to be the only issues he is concerned about.

Will Romney's campaign be able to stop Huckabee in Minnesota? I think it will be a challenge. Gary Bauer won a straw poll among Minnesota Republicans the year he ran for President.

Ron Carey to Lead Mike Huckabee Effort in Minnesota

Lloydletta's Nooz has confirmed with a high level Republican source the rumor posted on Residual Forces that GOP Chair Ron Carey will be chairing the Mike Huckabee effort in Minnesota.

The press conference will be at 2:30....

Aplikowski has posts on Ron Carey and "the Huckster" HERE. and HERE.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Good Editorial On a Nutjob School Board Member in Prior Lake


Lind's actions bode ill for Prior Lake-Savage district.

Last update: January 4, 2008 - 5:44 PM

To some in Prior Lake-Savage, school board member-elect Chris Lind is a hero for sharing his abstinence-only, anti-gay views with students. To others, he is a proselytizing bigot and disgruntled ex-employee who was rightly dismissed from a school district job.

Either way, the controversy around Lind has not been good for the suburban school district. The 44-year-old former teacher and self-described conservative Christian is now threatening legal action against a district he pledged to help lead. In a recent letter to the district, Lind asked for a monetary settlement (in lieu of a lawsuit) over his dismissal. That raises serious concerns about his judgment and his reasons for running.

His election also raises the question: What made more than 3,000 voters support someone who had been fired for improper interaction with students?

Last June, Superintendent Tom Westerhaus and the board terminated Lind, who worked as a hallway and parking lot supervisor. During the previous year, there were complaints about conversations Lind held with students about sexual orientation, both on and off campus. He was warned several times, reprimanded and once suspended. But an investigation by the board found that he continued to discuss sexuality with students, including once saying "Today is National Pick On Lesbians Day.'' That, said the board, was the last straw, and he was terminated.

He sounds quite creepy.

After losing his job, Lind ran for school board and won. Westerhaus resigned, effective in June, understandably explaining that he did not want to work for a community that elected someone he had fired. A popular and effective superintendent, hundreds of residents wanted him to stay.

When Lind joins the board later this month, relationships with the administration, staff and fellow board members (some of whom voted to terminate him) will be strained at best. Surely under such circumstances, his ability to be an effective school leader will be compromised.

In addition, it was hypocritical for Lind to run on a platform of saving local taxpayers' money, while planning to cost the district even more through a lawsuit or settlement.

The controversy is also a cautionary tale for voters. Several thousand Prior Lake-Savage citizens voted for Lind, most likely because of his stand on sex education and his opposition to a tax levy referendum. But by supporting him on those issues, did voters hastily overlook other warning signs -- including the well-researched, documented concerns of their own elected school board?

Given events since the November election, we cannot help but wonder if citizens in the south suburban district would make different choices if they were going to the polls today.

Prior Lake, like Upper St Clair, PA has probably learned to pay attention to school board races.

Lloydletta Reader Comments on Andy Aplikowski's Claims that Pawlenty was MIA on SD 25

As I pointed out earlier, Andy Aplikowski nominated Governor Tim Pawlenty for the "man not in the arena" award. A Lloydletta reader points out that Pawlenty was very much in the arena.

Tim Pawlenty didn't stay away from the SD25 race. He was down there doorknocking on Dec. 27, making a radio appearance on KYMN during the visit as well as popping into a healthcare forum.

My friends in Northfield and Montgomery tell me that Pawlenty's remarks about health care helped rile up the strong DFL base in Northfield.

Sviggum, Laura Brod, College Republicans and others were involved in Cox's effort. MCCL had quite a bit of voter contact via mail and phone in the week before the election, but it doesn't seem to have been effective in rallying the vote.

One of the things Joe Repya brought up in trying to dethrone Carey was the sad state of the Voter Vault file. The DFL did much better on this: witness fairly staunch pro-life townshops like Jessenland going for Dahle.

Triple A's pal Glenn Gruenhagen is a big Christian Heritage/ creation science type--see Nov. 10, 2002 meeting of "Citizens for Academic Excellence"

Also EdWatch.

My source also pointed me to Hal Kimball's post about Gruenhagen.

As I said before, my only contact with Gruenhagen was when I went to Michele Bachmann's event to rally the anti-gay activists in Hutchinson. At that event, Gruenhagen asked Bachmann about "gay bowel syndrom." This even embarrassed Michele Bachmann. She did not repeat the term. He spoke (along with Michele Bachmann's sidekick Michael Chapman) to the Twin Cities Creation Science Association. That says it all.

Ember Reichgott Junge's New Job

From the January 2008 issue of the Metro Lutheran newspaper:

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) has named Ember Reichgott Junge as its Chief Advancement Officer. The LSS Chief Advancement Officer is responsible for overall fundraising, communications, marketing, public policy, advocacy, and volunteer coordination for the $75 million statewide organization that employs 2,300 and assists approximately 100,000 Minnesotans each year.

Mark Peterson, President and CEO of LSS, said that Reichgott Junge brings a tremendous skill set to the role she wil play at LSS. Peterson said, "Her sense of personal and professional mission aligns well to the values of LSS and to the direction LSS is headed".

It does sound like a pretty good match. LSS does a lot of work with adoptions, and provides direct social services/case management to people in need.

The former Senator's style seems naturally suited to fundraising.

Bill OReilly Shoves Obama Staff Member

CNN interviews the staff member.

Aplikowski Has a Comparison Piece Put Out Between Ray Cox and His Convention Opponent

Check it out here. Cox voted for the stadium boondoggle and the racino - which are votes I disagreed with. I don't care about conceal and carry legislation either way. I appreciated his votes against the Bachmann amendment.

Cox's convention opponent also seemed to be a "we don't want no choo choo trains" kind of guy.

Lady Logician responds in the comments:

So you are going to sit there and tell the SD25 Executive Committee that they endorsed the “wrong” candidate? In addition, there was a PRIMARY ELECTION. Glen had a chance to lay it out to the voters of the district and they rejected him! Are you going to sit there and tell the Republican voters of Senate District 25 that they voted for the wrong candidate?

I understand what you are saying but at some time we have to let the BPOU put up THEIR CANDIDATE….not ours.

Just think what your reaction would be if someone from St. Paul or from another Senate District tried to dictate to you what candidate you would nominate or endorse if you wanted “their help”. Would you put the other person up in order to get the help or would you tell them to go to h*ll?

I’m just sayin’ it’s not our place to say unless we live in the district!

Andy Aplikowski Nominates Governor Tim Pawlenty for the Man Not in the Arena Award

Residual Forces:

So let’s get this straight. Pawlenty has been spending a lot of time in the last weeks in Iowa and New Hampshire trying to get his pal John McCain elected President, avoiding any contact with the SD25 special election that he decided to call. Maybe he should get a ‘Not in the Arena’ award too. And, when he does grace the state with his precence he is doing appearances with Democrat Amy Klobuchar and environutters helping solidify Al Gore’s war against prosperity.In the Strib’s version, you get to see the nuttiness straight up.

Andy continues with this call to arms:

And here’s the test for Republicans at all levels. How much longer is it going to be before someone throws Pawlenty off the conservative island or at least fires a few rhetorical warning shots over his bow for abandoning the people who got him where he is? Seriously, this man will destroy the Republican party in Minnesota unless he is stopped. Unfortunately, the people in charge of the Republican party are…. are ….. well, I guess they are perfectly fine with it.

Andy also responds obliquely to Brodkorb's Man Not in the Arena Awards here.

I Am Willing To Stand In The Way Of Anyone With A Liberal Agenda, (R) Or Not

I left this as a comment at TvM on Pat’s post. Not really so much as a response to his post alone, but also for others out there, especially one from everybody’s (not) favorite blog cop, asshat in chief, and least likable lifeform ever to grace the blogoshpere you have ever met in person besides that annoying Ron Paul nutter….. ho has thrown down the bully gauntlet all because someone had an opinion, stated it, and that made him and his bestest westetst friends look like tools.