MNGOP staffer claims to be Democrat in letter to editor, urges DFLers to vote for write-in candidate [UPDATE]

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Stephen Sundquist works for Dale Lueck (left), but wrote a letter to the editor claiming to be a Democrat who doesn't support Lueck's DFL opponent, Joe Radinovich (right).
On October 23, the Brainerd Dispatch published a letter to the editor written by a self-proclaimed Democrat named Stephen Sundquist.

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Sundquist's letter expresses disappointment with Joe Radinovich, the DFL-endorsed candidate in House District 10B, and urges "all true Democrats," a set of people including himself, to vote for a write-in candidate instead.

But it turns out Sundquist isn't who he said he is. He's actually a paid MNGOP staffer working for the campaign of Dale Lueck, the Republican candidate running against Radinovich.

A simple Google search of Sundquist yields the following (his actual LinkedIn profile has been deleted):

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The DFL filed a complaint with the state Office of Administrative Hearings alleging that Sundquist's letter violates the Fair Campaign Practices and Campaign Finance Acts.

Here's Sundquist's Brainerd Dispatch letter:
Write-in Strand 10B

I have watched and listened to the Minnesota House 10B debates in the last few weeks and was dismayed to hear Joe Radinovich, a Democrat, agrees with most everything Dale Lueck, a Republican, had to say.

I didn't vote for Joe in the primary, so he could turn around after he won and say whatever he thinks independent voters want to hear, and take our hardcore Democratic votes for granted.

In the primary Joe Radinovich said he would stand up for the Democratic platform and now that he has gotten the letter D next to his name on the ballot, he has decided to try to pander to the Republican voters by not saying things he thinks will be unpopular: Climate change, anti-marriage amendment , and Increased gun control.

I, for one, do not want to wait see which Joe we will get if he is elected. I will be writing in David Strand on my ballot and I encourage all true Democrats to do the same.

In his articles in the Aitkin Age, which you should all read, he faces off against Tom Emmer. He publicly stands up for all the principles that make me a Democrat. He would be the best candidate for office because of his courage, competence, and unwavering support of democratic principles. He may not win but we can send a strong message to Joe Radinovich that he can't take our votes for granted.

Stephen Sundquist

Hill City
In a press release, DFL chair Ken Martin characterizes Sundquist's letter as "blatantly dishonest" and an "attempt to fool voters."

"This letter was clearly an attempt to benefit Dale Lueck's campaign, and this kind of unethical campaign behavior is unacceptable in Minnesota," Martin said.

Sundquist's party affiliation isn't the only thing he lies about in the letter. The DFL says he doesn't even live in District 10B, meaning it would've been impossible for him to vote in the primary as he claims to have done... unless he was was committing the thing that gives Minnesota Republicans night sweats: voter fraud.

To read the text of the DFL's Campaign Practices complaint, click to page two.

:: UPDATE, 12:05 p.m. ::

Sundquist has been fired by the Minnesota House Republican Campaign Committee, the Associated Press reports.

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