McLeod Republican leaders resign over Eric Harpel "stalker" allegations

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Eric Harpel's integrity was questioned by fellow Republican leaders
Two leaders in the McLeod County Republican Party have resigned in response to Rep. Mary Franson's "stalker" allegations against chairman Eric Harpel.

The McLeod County GOP held a meeting this past Thursday where vice chair Marie Thurn and secretary Linda Senst quit their leadership positions. Both questioned Harpel's integrity, according to a local media report.

"We have lost something very, very vital," Thurn told the Hutchinson Leader in a story not available online. "We have lost who we are... It's been very disheartening on my part. This isn't what I got into politics for."

Senst's letter of resignation "cited issues of integrity," according to the paper, which quoted Senst saying she disagreed "with how leadership issues have been handled."

Their reaction to Franson's allegations contrasts sharply with former McLeod County GOP chairman Craig Hoel's, who brushed off Franson's side of the story.

Neither Thurn nor Senst could be reached for comment over the weekend.

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Mary Franson feared for her life due to Eric Harpel's "stalking," she claimed
Republican state representative Mary Franson filed for a restraining order against Harpel, her ex-boyfriend, last month. 

Harpel recently visited Franson's Saint Paul apartment and demanded a pair of panties before he would return her belongings, Franson alleged. (Harpel denies the claim.)

Harpel says he was "unaware" before Thursday's meeting that a chunk of his leadership team would be resigning.

"Not once prior to be[ing] elected as Chairman or during or after did either one of the[m] look me in the eyes and question my leadership," Harpel wrote in an email. He assumes they quit over Franson's allegations.

"Since neither one of them questioned my leadership in person one can only assume that they're not happy with the alleged allegations made against me in which I will be whole heartily contesting and defending myself," Harpel said. "If this was there issue [sic] I sure wish they would have come talk to me to actually acquire the whole story and the truth."

We'll let you know if either Thurn or Senst return our phonecalls.

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David Foureyes
David Foureyes

I present for your consideration: "alleged allegations" Who is electing these peop... ...retracted.

Dr. J
Dr. J

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Steve Horner
Steve Horner

I'll have to call Representative Franson and invite her to be interviewed for my new book, C.U.N.T.(Can't Understand Normal thinking). Sounds to me like she'll be perfect for Chapter Two. Steve Horner

Dr. J
Dr. J

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TruthWillWin
TruthWillWin

As a RP supporter from the same congressional district as both and as someone who has had opportunities over the past 6 months to learn about where both individuals stand on issues and candidates, I can assure you neither are RonPaul supporters . . . both are very much establishment.  Despite that this is an unfortunate story.  Nobody wins.

Melissa Summers
Melissa Summers

"whole heartily"? "there"?  Did he graduate from 8th grade?

Seed
Seed

Is this all part of the "Ron Paul Revolution" I've been hearing so much about?

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