Bradlee Dean's ministry is no more, source says

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Dean no longer has anybody working for him, a source told City Pages.
There's a good reason Bradlee Dean's large Annandale headquarters was put up for rent earlier this month -- he apparently no longer has a ministry to fill it with.

According to a source close to the situation, Dean's "You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International" staffers have all walked out on him. Yes, that includes his notorious street teams and Dean's "Sons of Liberty" radio cohost Jake McMillan, who our source says put in his two weeks notice and moved out of Minnesota. (McMillian, for some reason, sometimes went by the name Jake MacAulay.)

Our source said the beginning of the end came when two former Dean staffers -- a husband-and-wife team including his former director of donor relations -- had a falling out with Bradlee. The couple stayed friends with some "You Can Run" employees and began trying to persuade their friends to leave the ministry. They had incremental success, culminating with the resignation of McMillan, and as a result Dean no longer has anybody working for him. (Update, September 30 -- As photos posted to Facebook indicate, McMillian is accompanying Bradlee on his current trip to the eastern United States. But our source says McMillian has already put in notice and the trip will be his last working for Bradlee.)

The source said that in the wake of our July report about disaffected former You Can Run staffer Jake Dagel -- Dagel characterized You Can Run as a "cultic sham ministry" -- a group of upwards of a dozen former staffers got together and compiled testimony about how Dean had mistreated and exploited them. They subsequently brought 28 pages worth of testimony to the Minnesota Attorney General's office and are currently working on a mediation proposal with Dean's camp. The group of former staffers seek reimbursement of funds they say Dean owes them and a guarantee that Bradlee will never hold another leadership position with a ministry. Our source isn't sure whether Dean could possibly face criminal charges as a result of the allegations, some of which constitute crimes.

Asked why Dean's staff quit on him when they did, our source said, "maybe they realized how bad it had gotten and said, 'We need to get out of here.'"

Meanwhile, the street teams have been disbanded and Dean has no choice but to try and forge ahead with his radio show on his own, our source said, adding that Bradlee "is pretty much done."

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thinning_cynic
thinning_cynic

someone is censoring this section badly...even innocuous stuff.  Why?

usorthem3
usorthem3

The message of "Death to all gay people worldwide" just doesn't sell like it used to I guess.

Jim Hulet
Jim Hulet

Shit we are moving to Florida the end of October. I am bummed. Hey I got those new studded tires if your interested.

Marc Spencer
Marc Spencer

indeed, jim.... btw - dweez is playing first avenue in feb. 30 bucks. i'm goin'!! :-)

thinning_cynic
thinning_cynic

$5 says he'll become a gay prostitute in a cruelly ironic twist of fate...another $5 says he'll chris benoit his whole family (i don't wish that on anyone, ever...just calling odds).

COME ON, EVERYONE...LET'S GAMBLE & SIN!!!  I'LL GIVE YOU 2:1 + GAY SEX!!!

mnblrmkr
mnblrmkr

@jonmbauer oh, great. Now Bradlee's going to be busking in downtown Mpls with empty 5 gallon pickle buckets as drums.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

This is just a rotten, nasty, self-indulgent sociopath who wants to have everything his way and have no consequences whatsoever for his actions.  He breaks laws and doesn't want to pay the price. So now he abuses the bankruptcy system to escape his responsibilities.  He can run, but he'll find it hard to hide.

truckload_bear
truckload_bear

@atrupar why is the Wizard of Oz song ding dong the witch is dead playing repeatedly my head every time I read that

thinning_cynic
thinning_cynic

how long before he farts out an article "debunking" this "myth"?

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours topcommenter

Does Goodwill have tracksuits in its inventory? I hope so.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours topcommenter

Most of the crap about Brad Smith that CP publishes is not news. This is. I hope this garners attention from media outlets with a wider reach.

thinning_cynic
thinning_cynic

Looks like someone finally heeded my advice.  God bless the Attorney General.

dixon.john.c
dixon.john.c

He is the example of these fly by night ministries who think they were touched by God and speak from the heart..its all $$ that they are concerned about just look at Pat Robertson and his dealings in South Africa all frauds.

Curtis Meyer
Curtis Meyer

If this trend continues, we won't have any whackos left soon.

green23
green23

Dean finally figured out a way to avoid paying Maddow that court judgement - he went bankrupt. He also has no way of financing any of the multitude of lawsuits he has threatened. I predict he goes into politics. Maybe he'll be a state Senator from some rural area. If the MNGOP ever takes back the Governor's office, Dean will be appointed to a high-paying job that involves being nasty to powerless people. I'm sure he will run new cons, but the book is out on him.

Michael Wolf
Michael Wolf

about time this stupid whack job just gave up!

Jim Hulet
Jim Hulet

I haven't seen his vehicles around here for some time evidently jesus thinks he's a jerk.

Fiona Vandale
Fiona Vandale

A "cultic sham ministry" and a leader who's possibly facing criminal charges for mismanaging funds. No wonder Michele Bachmann liked him so much.

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

ahh shoot and he was doing suck good work..not

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Maybe him and Michele Bachmann can create a joint prison based ministry dedicated to hating gay people and saying stupid things.  

ElliotPark
ElliotPark

Hopefully this means we will see some new material from Junkyard Prophet band!

jonmbauer
jonmbauer

@mnblrmkr (Those guys make a ton of money. Makes me rethink my career path.)

_Joe_
_Joe_

@truckload_bear 

heheh... when I first read this article the advertisement for Wicked was conveniently placed right next to it.

EXYCRBYCHI
EXYCRBYCHI

@thinning_cynic  

Some of us ex-ycrbychiers are curious as to who you are?

Could you give us a hint???

This could be a fun game :)

arm2189
arm2189

Well they were 'touched' as in 'not right in the head' kind of touched.

Arkadi
Arkadi

@Curtis Meyer There are always more wackos.

thinning_cynic
thinning_cynic

I'm afraid I'm not comfortable with that (given your ex-employer's track record with SLAPP suits).  If you can guess correctly, I might confirm it...aside from that, I don't feel the need to be indentified.  Sorry.

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