MNGOP begging Michelle MacDonald to repudiate her endorsement, but she won't do it

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In hindsight, this bizarre shot of MacDonald's convention speech foreshadowed her campaign.
After party officials banished her from their State Fair booth last week, the MNGOP put huge pressure on their controversial Supreme Court candidate, Michelle MacDonald, to repudiate her endorsement.

As Michael Brodkorb reports, on Friday night and Saturday morning, Patrick Burns, an MNGOP-affiliated attorney, sent MacDonald 22 text messages and had at least one phone conversation begging her to accept "a formal offer" from the party to repudiate her endorsement before a noon Saturday deadline. During the phone call, the audio of which MacDonald later sent to Brodkorb (listen to it here), Burns, apparently referring to party leadership, says, "They're just gonna squash you like a bug."

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MNGOP stands by Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald in ultra-bizarre email

"They don't care about your endorsement, they don't care about you, [garbled] scrape you off the sidewalk," Burns continues. "So, the question I have for you: All these storms are coming, why not get the fuck out?... You have the ability to save your reputation and your practice."

But MacDonald refused. She even sent MNGOP Chairman Keith Downey a letter "to inform [him] that I will not repudiate my endorsement by the Republican Party of Minnesota to run for Minnesota Supreme Court, and that the Delegates [who endorsed her] matter."

So in an apparent attempt to "squash her like a bug," Downey sent this email to all MNGOP delegates and party officials. Highlights include him pointing out that MacDonald has raised "just $120 (not a typo)" and characterizing her campaign as "undermining the conservative argument for electing judges and judicial restraint."

With regard to the State Fair debacle, Downey writes, "Our job is to elect Republicans. It was the State Executive Committee's decision that for the good of ALL Republicans' chances, including her own, not having her appear at the booth was preferable."

In sum, if that's the best the MNGOP can do in an attempt to squash somebody, then party officials need to start taking some steroids or something, because that's pretty weak.

The latest developments in the MacDonald mess have some Republican activists asking uncomfortable questions about their party: Meanwhile, MacDonald's candidacy has divided the top of the MNGOP's 2014 ticket. Gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson told MPR he'll continue to support MacDonald -- "I am the leader of our ticket so I'm going to support our endorsed candidates," he said -- but U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden told the Star Tribune he won't vote for MacDonald and instead hopes to cast his ballot for a GOP write-in.

Perhaps the ultimate lesson is this: The DFL chooses not to endorse judicial candidates, and as a result, party officials have been able to break out the popcorn and enjoy the still-unfolding MacDonald train wreck.

Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.






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Jonathan Dueck
Jonathan Dueck

Uh, I think the word you were looking for there was "refudiate". Google it.

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

Can this story get any better?

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

If the forme MN Regressive Party Chair Tony "The Burrito Baron" Sutton was not on his bus tour of the Worlds Greatest Buffets this would not be happening. 

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

The devolution of the MN Regressive Party continues. With any luck they will continue to shrink themselves to a point where they can be drowned in a bath tub. Someone pleas pass the popcorn.

IBNNNEWS
IBNNNEWS

Don Allen, Bonn Clayton and William Paulsen for "Co-chairs" of the MNGOP. Keith Downey and his sidekick Dumbo must go!

worksman
worksman

Who is more lucid, Michelle MacDonald or our current governor? Now, let me hear the crickets from you leftists.

David Bjorklund
David Bjorklund

I'm out of the loop here. Why is this woman bananas?

DonEvanson
DonEvanson

Michelle MacDonald hasn't been abusing the judicial system, but she has been challenging abusive judges and their abusive accomplices in blue.

Those posting comments here are largely prejudging MacDonald, seeming out of character for someone that wants to be objectively opining about judicial issues or candidates.


The self-interested, self-governing judiciary terribly lacks transparency and MacDonald is a treat to its protected domain.

The Minnesota judiciary, perturbed that it lost its attempt at the U.S. Supreme Court several years ago to continue with imposing its self-derived code of conduct that served to muzzle the voice and hobble the actions of candidates that would challenge an incumbent judge has ever since been vindictively working to skirt the results of the decision.

Having lost in its defense of its protectionism, it since, with the support of the also self-interested bar association has been working through the duplicitly-named Coalition for Impartial Justice to disenfranchise the voters by lobbying for a change of the Minnesota Constitution that would remove the provision that judges are to be elected, so that they are rather only appointed. The constitutional provision that provides for the election of judges was supported by both parties at their respective Constitutional Conventions in 1857, months following the Dred Scott decision by a court of appointed judges whereby blacks were deemed not to be citizens, so they didn't have the right to use the judicial system to bring suit. Wisely, the citizens of Minnesota wanted to avoid the possibility of such a court being appointed in Minnesota.

All Minnesotans should have interest in preserving their right to elect our judges, since that is the means whereby “we the people” are assured of the opportunity to maintain balance between the three branches of government, and of the opportunity to directly impeach corrupt judges.

Yes, the establishment has been out to squelch the campaign of the free-spirited and free-thinking Michelle MacDonald, since she will have nothing to do with such protectionism of the judiciary. All Minnesotans, regardless of party, will do well to flip over the ballot in November to cast a vote for Michelle MacDonald.

Please do your research before judging her. Visiting her campaign website, Michelle MacDonald for Minnesota Supreme Court Justice, and the website of her foundation, Family Innocence Project, can be a starting point. You can also find interviews with her on the public access channel SpeechlessMN through YouTube.



Francisco Gonzalez
Francisco Gonzalez

Minnesota's Republican party has more drama than Dowton Abbey and more backstabbing than Game of Thrones....but like any of the latest Eddy Murphy movies, without any engaging, interesting or lovable characters, and equally destined to bomb!

Tim Williams
Tim Williams

Worthless..each & every single one of them..worthless.

truckmeyer
truckmeyer

You know what's good with popcorn? Bacon. And beer.

Monica Bertrand
Monica Bertrand

It's so amusing to watch the politicos devour their own...left, right and otherwise. Whatever would people do without that glorious endorsed and elected leadership???

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Keith Downey needs to resign.  Sure its embarrassing to be a drunken mess like Michelle Macdonald but its far worse to endorse that drunken mess.    What do you expect from a bunch of stupid bigot clowns?  

David Gustafson
David Gustafson

Doesn't the MNGOP understand that she's a Republican? Give her money; she'll go away.

kimbersc
kimbersc

@atrupar Begging so becomes them. I wish they did more of it, more often. ***Snorf***

deanhinnen
deanhinnen

@digitalprotocol Grow up, Aaron. MacDonald took a blood test at a hospital the very next morning that showed zero alcohol in her system. 

Nobody can go from .08 to .00 that fast.

You fucking shill.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@deanhinnen im not the writer of this story u fool. 


So she didnt take the police and DMV mandated blood test upon being detained for suspected DUI? she took her own the next morning?


so according to you there is absolutely no way she could be guilty of DUI?  did she drink that evening? i think she admitted to that. 2 drinks equal .08 


i really cant believe you are defending her...that is meaningless


you must have a vested interest in her winning----which she never will


i hope your family goes bankrupt!

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