A draft Tom Emmer for Governor in 2014 movement exists

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As things stand right now, we don't think Dayton is too worried about a rematch.
Local conservative blogger John Gilmore was feeling pretty crummy as he left the MNGOP's "Where Do We Go From Here?" event on Wednesday night. Then things went from bad to worse.

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On his car was a flyer proving the existence of something almost as unbelievable as bigfoot -- a draft Tom Emmer for Governor in 2014 movement.

Here's what Gilmore tweeted, along with the attached photo:
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And here's a screengrab from the Draft Emmer webpage:

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In fairness, Emmer only came about 9,000 votes short of becoming beating Dayton last time around. But "failed ballot challenges and dead-end legal maneuvers" prior to Emmer's December 2010 concession racked up about $700,000 in debt his party struggled to pay down, leaving the MNGOP in arguably the worst financial shape of any state-level Republican party by spring 2012. And last November, the Republican majorities in the House and Senate elected in 2010 were soundly rejected by the voters, leaving Democrats with total control of the legislative process this session.

So yeah -- we can understand Gilmore wanting someone to put him out of his misery as he left a meeting where Andy Parrish said "The Republican Party is an absolute disaster" only to be confronted by a flyer placed on his windshield by a fellow Republican who wants more of the same during the next election cycle.


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TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

I see a bunch of comments by people that have never voted for a republican. The growing up process and transformation to accepting personal responsibility has escaped them.

senatortombstone
senatortombstone

Nothing sgainst Emmer, but shouldn't the GOP have learned from McCain and Romney that you don't win elections by running the losers from the previous elections?

Branden Strot
Branden Strot

didnt he get a DUI? ya, thats who we want to be governor.

Sallyjos
Sallyjos

At the insistence of the RPM, Ben Golnik ( an Emmer foe now touted as the redeemer of the right by everyone except Gilmore) was in charge of the recount, and Tony Sutton launched the Count Them All Properly Inc fund--Emmer had little, if anything, to do with that. This is the sort of intellectual laziness I'd expect from silly Twin Cities progressive bloggers, but City Pages should try harder to get the facts right.

I'm absolutely no Emmer fan, but do think some fidelity to the facts are important. For insistance, when Sutton and the RPM didn't pay bills owed to the counties for the recount, Emmer used the last of his campaign fund to pay many of those fees. At least some of the RPM debt was retired.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

But if Tom Emmer runs who will host his crappy radio show for idiots?   How will all the dumb white bigots in the state know its all Obama's fault without a dumb white guy like Emmer to tell them? 

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

@Branden Strot 

Ha, there are 10+ democrats in the mn house and senate that have DWI's.

atrupar
atrupar moderator

@Sallyjos Not blaming Emmer for any of that, but the debt debacle is still associated with his campaign. Finance reports released after this was published show the party is still struggling to pay it down more than two years later.

ahugginkiss
ahugginkiss

@MicheleBachmann Unfortunately there are a TON of morans out there to step up to the plate to take Emmer's "Crappy Radio Show.for Idiots."

Sallyjos
Sallyjos

@atrupar @Sallyjos Aaron: that's exactly what you're doing and where you fail. If you have read the campaign finance board documents related to the investigation of the Count Them All Properly Inc debt--you'll realize that Sutton, not Emmer was in charge of this.  Sutton was responsible for the actions and the debt, which was added to the Republican Party of Minnesota reports, which was fined for the action. Sutton took those actions and set up the fund. Emmer was not part of Count Them All Properly.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@ahugginkiss @MicheleBachmann I honestly don't get how people listen to the boring drivel that is conservative talk radio.  Like you must have serious anger and bitterness issues.  It's all the same patter of angry stupidity.   I mean how wrong has conservative radio been about Obama?  I know their ratings are dropping but you must be seriously crazy to still listen to Rush Limbaugh.  That guy hasn't been right in his entire life.  It's comical to me.  I try to listen to get exposed to new ideas but I can't even take 5 minutes of angry lies followed by some stupid simpleton from Oklahoma calling in to spit the exact same lies back to the host.  It's insanely stupid and boring.  I'll take Mischke any day over that nonsense.

P.S.  Just how scammy conservative talk radio is too.  They all got a book or comedy show to sell too.  Republicans are such stupid easily conned trash to make those shows popular.  No wonder they are such a brain dead political movement with leaders like that.

Sallyjos
Sallyjos

@green23  That was the pronoun @keny1 used. I was making fun of his template conservative twaddle. 

green23
green23 topcommenter

@keny1 @Sallyjos So you think that a writer with the first name "Aaron", whose photo is posted with their comments, is a woman? 

You certainly seem to read these articles quite frequently for an outlet that isn't "a real news source". 

This is a blog that is attached to a newspaper. Bloggers are supposed to have a viewpoint in their writing. You seem to endlessly miss this distinction between blogger and journalist. It's like criticising your dentist for being a lousy plumber.

Sallyjos
Sallyjos

@keny1@SallyjosAnd that was a pretend comment,  taking up pixels and manipulating them  to satisfy  your conservative agenda. This is why you comment at City Pages Blotter and not a  real news source.

keny1
keny1

@Sallyjos Ms. Rupar is a pretend journalist.  As you can see, she doesn't actually report on anything. She just takes other people's stories and manipulates them to satisfy her Liberal agenda.  This is why she works at City Pages and not a real news source. 

atrupar
atrupar moderator

@Sallyjos Nowhere in the post do I imply that Emmer is responsible. I merely point out that the debt was the product of the recount, which is the fact of the matter. That's it.

Sallyjos
Sallyjos

@atrupar That's rather my point. Since it's about Emmer, why imply that he is responsible for debts secretly accrued by a committee he didn't form, wasn't on, and was not held accountable for after it was investigated? That is where much of Republican Party debt came from.

Look: maybe thinking about how the differences in the way the Dayton campaign handled the recount will help.  No party take over, no secret committees to avoid scrutiny.  Emmer was weak to allow Sutton to assume control over the recount, I'll grant that.

If you wanted this post to be about Emmer and not Sutton, don't mention Sutton's party debt.

atrupar
atrupar moderator

@Sallyjos Yes -- because this post is about the prospect of another Emmer campaign, not Tony Sutton.

Sallyjos
Sallyjos

@atrupar@Sallyjos You write: "Emmer's December 2010 concession racked up about %s, leaving the MNGOP in arguably %s"

Do you name Tony Sutton or Count Them All Properly? 

No: the name you drop is Tom Emmer.

 Reasonable people would take away from what you wrote that Emmer--rather than the disgraced party chair who you don't mention who actually is responsible--created that debt. He did not.

atrupar
atrupar moderator

@Sallyjos Yes -- as the links above show, I've blogged about that extensively. Nowhere in this piece do I blame Emmer for the debt.

keny1
keny1

@MicheleBachmann What I love about fucking with your mind is that I know how much I get under your skin.  I love it!!

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@keny1@MicheleBachmannBelieving that story is exactly what I'm talking about when I say Republicans are easily conned trash.  You are a stupid bigot who is getting conned by people that know you are an idiot.  They laugh at your racism which makes you a stupid fool.  Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh are drug addicts.  Michael Savage is gay.  Bill O'Reilly uses his show to sexually harass young girls.  They spout their stupidity knowing dumb trash like you need to hear it to justify your world view.  They laugh as you stupidly buy their book some assistant wrote in a weekend.  They know you are so stupid you'll pay $30 to read the things they say on the radio for free.  Why would it be good, stupid keny will buy it no matter what.  Blame Obama and make up some shit slap a $30 price tag on it and sell it to stupid.  Of course he will believe black people vote for Obama because of free cell phones, keny is racist so he wants to believe that. They know your racist dumb brain will never bother to fact check or think logically about what they say because you are nothing but stupid trash who doesn't like facts just confirmation there are more stupid racists like you.  You keep thinking you lost because of free cell phones stupid.

keny1
keny1

@MicheleBachmann  "Republicans are such stupid easily conned trash......."

You mean like all of the black Democrats who voted for Obama because they thought they would get a free cell phone?

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