"Today [Monday] the Supreme Court of Minnesota confirmed what the facts have already shown: [Republican endorsed candidate] Sue Ek doesn't live in St. Cloud, and wasn't telling the truth when she ran for elected office saying that she did." —DFL Party Chairman Brian Melendez, in a statement on the Minnesota Supreme Court decision to remove Ek from the December 27 special election ballot for House District 15B in Saint CloudIt seems that the only things that will get Minnesota Republicans, from the party leadership at the state and BPOUs to the grassroots, serious about winning elections is a Democrat governor and a DFL-controlled House and Senate.
Read Ramsey County Judge George T. Stephenson's "Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law" from last Friday, posted on the mn-politics-discuss Yahoo! Group. Judge Stephenson's ruling is clear and correct. The entire endorsement process suffered a system-wide failure.
The Pioneer Press quoted House Speaker Steve Sviggum (R-Kenyon), "I feel real bad for the citizens of St. Cloud. They will not have a choice now. The write-in option now might be the only way to go." Who will be held accountable for this train wreck? The DFL had nothing to do with it; all they had to do was stand back and smile. Of course, this sort of thing happens in both parties, it's just the Republicans' turn.
"Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war, because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans." —Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.The RPM has its work cut out for it in 2006. From down at ground level where I operate, I can already hear Republican voters staying home and their checkbooks slamming shut.