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Tom Emmer

Hegseth & Emmer's Candidates Fall Flat

State legislative candidates selected for assistance by former senatorial candidate Pete Hegseth’s “Minnesota PAC” (MNPAC) slightly outperformed those selected by former gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer’s “A Stronger Minnesota” on election night. Where all four of Emmer’s PAC selections fell short, two of Hegseth’s twelve candidates were able to claim victory. Yet for conservatives, there may have been a more concerning aspect to Hegseth’s choices.

In a September 10th e-mail to Minnesota Republican delegates announcing his MNPAC, Hegseth asked for money and time to help out six candidates he had chosen for the House and six for the Senate.

Politics in Minnesota Article: "Republican infighting rises as state party looks to fill leadership void"

(Click hereif you have a subscription to PIM and would like to read it there. Otherwise read it here): The short knives are out in the Republican Party. Former GOP deputy chairMichael Brodkorbharshly criticized 2010 gubernatorial nomineeTom Emmerat Saturday’s State Central Committee gathering. “I think Republicans nominated the one candidate who couldn’t possibly win in 2010,” Brodkorbtold Minnesota Public Radio.
 
The comments indicate ongoing tensions over the conduct of the 2010 campaign.

Analyzing the Republican Party of Minnesota

After the State Central Committee meeting of the Minnesota Republican Party (RPM) held on December 3, some of the issues that presently define the RPM were made evident. The State Central Committee is a body made up of approximately 350 delegates governing the RPM. Though I am presently in Washington D.C., I am a delegate and have spoken with countless people who did make it to the meeting. To recap:
 
Kelly Fentonwas elected deputy chair of the RPM on the second round of balloting, with 173 votes out of about 350.

Endorsement of David Fitzsimmons for MNGOP Deputy Chairman

In an e-mail sent to State Central Committee members last Monday, Minnesota GOP Deputy Chair Michael Brodkorb announced that he was stepping down from his position to help state Sen. Mike Parry run for Congress against Democratic Rep. Tim Walz.
 
Michael Brodkorb was never exceptionally popular with the GOP base. When he ran for his second term for the position earlier this year, he received 255 votes from the committee to 83 votes for his opponent, Sheldon Beilke. Sheldon had never been involved in politics before; in his mid-twenties, he registered to vote only after making the decision to seek the second-highest position in the state party.

PIM Article On Emmer (Quotes Me Briefly) (4.27.11)

Politics in Minnesota's Charley Shaw did an article recapping the RNC race between Tom Emmer & Jeff Johnson that quoted me very briefly. Text of the article is below. (Otherwise view it on Politics in Minnesota byclicking here.)
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When Republicans from around the state flocked to the Ramada Mall of America last Saturday, there appeared to be little question who would win the race to replace Brian Sullivan as Minnesota’s man on the Republican National Committee.

Why Tom Emmer Lost... Again (4.18.11)

Before State  Central took place, I stated that the conservative bloc held a majority of power in the Minnesota GOP right now. That statement was absolutely correct, and unfortunately for Tom Emmer, it was one big reason he lost the campaign for national committeeman.
 
When he won the gubernatorial nomination last year, it was because he represented a break from the traditional paradigm of a candidate who had little to no personality, who voted like a moderate, and who acted only after instructed to act by his party's most out-of-touch leaders.

Results from State Central Races (4.16.11)

These are the results from State Central. Fifty percent plus one was required to win, so that was why a second round of balloting needed to take place in therace for national committeewoman. I will post an analysis of these results shortly.
 
Deputy Chairman, 1st round:

Michael Brodkorb, 255 votes
Sheldon Beileke, 83 votes

National Committeewoman, 1st round:

Pat Anderson, 155 votes
Janet Beihoffer, 122 votes
Mary Igo, 39 votes
Pamela Punt, 26 votes

National Committeewoman, 2nd round:

Pat Anderson, 180 votes

State GOP Chairman, Officers, National Representatives Elected Tomorrow (4.15.2011)

There was a very nice article titledThe Republicans Totems at the Thunderbirdin Checks and Balances yesterday.Click here to read it. A subscription is required; if you don't want to subscribe, just scroll down to find the text here.
 
Most entertainingly, one candidate can't remember whether he voted for George W. Bush or John Kerry in 2004. That's pretty bad since it was both the first and last election he  ever voted in.
 
Needless to say, Tony Sutton & Michael Brodkorb are going to win re-election as chairman and deputy chairman, respectively.
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