Minn. GOP Has Own Candidate Removed From State Fair Booth By Security
The Republican Party of Minnesota barred Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald from the party’s State Fair booth on Thursday. MacDonald was ordered by security to leave. “We may as well look for justice on a stick because we can’t find it here!” MacDonald told supporters while leaving the booth following a 10-minute confrontation with a security guard that began the moment she showed up.
The Star Tribune reports:
MacDonald, a family law attorney, was endorsed at the party’s state convention in May to run against Justice David Lillehaug. She drew ire from party leaders who said most delegates were not aware of a drunken driving charge at the time of endorsement. MacDonald stands trial next month in Dakota County.
This week, the party’s executive committee revised its State Fair Policy to restrict access to candidates with pending criminal cases, and moved to bar MacDonald from the booth. MacDonald, who said she was notified Wednesday of the resolution, showed up anyway.
A GOP staffer briefly pleaded with her to leave, but when she didn’t, a pair of plain-clothed “conflict resolution experts” intervened.
“I’m an endorsed candidate,” she said while she filmed them with her camera.
“I was supported by the people at the Republican convention. The people want this,” she said.
When MacDonald eventually left the premises, she urged State Party chair Keith Downey to resign.
But she plans to return. I thought they let anyone in the fair considering that’s Michele Bachmann’s home state.
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tiredoftea August 22nd, 2014 at 11:11 am
Great candidates who are thoroughly vetted up and down the ticket! It’s no wonder the Republican party has been taken over by loons (State Bird of Minnesota, BTW!)!
Daniel Jacobsen August 22nd, 2014 at 2:43 pm
But if her name was Christy ???!!!
Budda August 23rd, 2014 at 11:56 am
She sounds like a charming person…bless her heart.