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MN GOP punishes Horner supporters (Post-Election Retribution)
Minnesota Public Radio ^ | 12/05/10 | Tom Scheck - Staff Reporter

Posted on 12/05/2010 8:15:34 PM PST by MplsSteve

Delegates at today's Republican Party State Central Committee approved a 2-year party ban on 18 high profile Republicans who supported Independence Party candidate Tom Horner. The list includes former GOP governors Al Quie and Arne Carlson and former US Senator Dave Durenberger.

On a 59 to 55 vote, the motion would forbid them from being Republican delegates or attending the Republican National Convention in 2012. Supporters of the motion say it would hold people accountable for calling themselves Republicans yet supporting a rival candidate.

Delegate Jim Newberger of Becker says Democrat Mark Dayton may not be leading the recount if the endorsements for Horner didn't occur.

"These people, their money and their influence, possibly cost us 8,000 votes," Newberger said. "These are some big names. But it's time for the Republican Party to grow a spine. Either you're a Republican or you're not."

But other delegates said the motion would make the party look vindictive. Jen De Journett of Maple Grove, says the proposal would make the party look bad.

"Even if we pass this motion, we can't exactly take away a former governor's title," she said. "We can't vote people out who may or may not live in this state and we're going to look like a bunch of goofballs."

(Excerpt) Read more at minnesota.publicradio.org ...


TOPICS: Minnesota; Parties
KEYWORDS: elections; punishment; rino; traitors
I think it's high time that the state GOP leadership took action against those who can't stand with the party's candidates.

This isn't a case of trying to run the RINO's out of the party. It's actually simpler than that. It's called party loyalty - something that hasn't always been stressed as much as it should have.

Truth be told, the action taken by the state GOP's Central Committee will have little or no effect on the individuals shown in the article. But nonetheless, it's overdue.

Comments or opinions - anyone?

1 posted on 12/05/2010 8:15:39 PM PST by MplsSteve
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2 posted on 12/05/2010 8:18:48 PM PST by MplsSteve (Governor-elect Mark Dayton? That's so incredibly alarming, don't you think?)
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To: MplsSteve

I thought the dems were the only ones who called other dems accountable? this is good....


3 posted on 12/05/2010 8:19:16 PM PST by bareford101 (For me, there is no difference in a tolerant, open mind and a cess pool. Both are open to filth.)
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To: MplsSteve

Why is that considered “punishment”? They turned their back on the party this fall. Obviously they don’t care that much about it.


4 posted on 12/05/2010 8:19:43 PM PST by DManA
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To: MplsSteve

I’m not the most political of observers, but being a traitor is being a traitor in 99.7% of instances. If these folks campaigned as or represented themselves to be Repubs, then switched their votes elsewhere, that IMO is intolerable behavior. If they didn’t like the selected nominee (about whom I know nothing) then they should have resigned.

I can’t support “treason” to a cause one takes up voluntarily; and I can’t support “bait and switch”.


5 posted on 12/05/2010 8:21:02 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder ("Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking" - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: MplsSteve

It depends on who the Republican candidate was. If it was a blue blood RINO, punishing those who didn’t support him/her would cause more harm than good, IMO.


6 posted on 12/05/2010 8:21:34 PM PST by abercrombie_guy_38
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To: MplsSteve

I don’t get to go the the National convention either. I don’t consider it punishment. I don’t know why these elites get a free trip anyway.


7 posted on 12/05/2010 8:21:51 PM PST by DManA
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To: abercrombie_guy_38

No, just the opposite. He was an excellent conservative. The offenders are all RINOS.


8 posted on 12/05/2010 8:25:29 PM PST by DManA
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To: MplsSteve

>I think it’s high time that the state GOP leadership took action against those who can’t stand with the party’s candidates.

What about things like NY-23?


9 posted on 12/05/2010 8:27:37 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: MplsSteve

I am in complete agreement with the state GOP leadership.
I worked on several campaigns in Maine. In one case, the outgoing Republican District Attorney endorsed his chief deputy of 20 years for the position. I can understand loyalty and am not overly concerned when something like this happens. Loyalty is important to me.

However, this outgoin DA was also running for the state house as a Republican,during his campaigning and door knocking he was also passing out literature for the Deputy and campaigned against the Republican endorsed candidate.
The Republican, my guy lost by a few hundred votes.
This “Republican” DA should be expelled from the party or least never endorsed for any office, never permitted to attend a convention and so forth.


10 posted on 12/05/2010 8:27:57 PM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: abercrombie_guy_38

The GOP candidate (Tom Emmer) was a staunch Republican.

The people who backed former Republican Tom Horner were primarily moderate Republicans and many of them hadn’t held public office in at least 10 to 20 years.


11 posted on 12/05/2010 8:29:12 PM PST by MplsSteve (Governor-elect Mark Dayton? That's so incredibly alarming, don't you think?)
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To: MplsSteve

I would like to see the Alaska Party take the same stand against those who came out in support of murkowski. Not going to hold my breath however. I’m afraid the republicrat coalition is here to stay now. To quote Reagan, they left me, I didn’t leave them


12 posted on 12/05/2010 8:36:32 PM PST by strongbow
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To: MplsSteve

I have no loyalty to the scumbags in the GOP.

How about the Maryland state GOP that did everything to fight their own candidate? Alaska?

No, this is about clearing out those who don’t want to support RINO’s.


13 posted on 12/05/2010 8:41:23 PM PST by GeronL
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To: GeronL
"How about the Maryland state GOP that did everything to fight their own candidate? Alaska?"

In those cases you are exactly right, What is happening here in Minnesota this year is the exact opposite, and should be encouraged.

14 posted on 12/05/2010 8:53:24 PM PST by voteNRA (A citizenry armed with rifles simply cannot be tyrannized)
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To: MplsSteve

My god, ALbert Quie is still alive? My dearly departed wife bought a thoroughbred quarterhorse from him in 1968 (Poco Carrie to be specific).

Oh, about my “dearly departed wife”. From the movie “Support Your Local Sheriff” we got:

James Garner made a reference to his “dearly departed wife”.
Sheriff: “I’m sorry to hear that. What did she die of?”
James Garner: “Oh, she didn’t die, she just departed”.

Badabing, badaboom!


15 posted on 12/05/2010 9:25:56 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MplsSteve

Finally getting it, Rs!
16 posted on 12/05/2010 9:40:57 PM PST by LUV W (No compromise!)
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To: MplsSteve
This seems like a good occasion to reiterate once again that former governor Arnie Carlson is truly despicable and makes Arlen Specter look like a man of principle. He has been stabbing the MN GOP in the back, while posing as one of them, since before he was governor.

You would think that endorsing Obama against RINO McCain would be the last act one could perform as an apparent Republican. But the piece of filth is still the go-to guy for the local media on all things Repubulican; where he never misses a chance to damage the party and conservatism in general. You could travel the world over for centuries on end, and never find a better example of depravity.

17 posted on 12/05/2010 9:52:32 PM PST by Minn
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To: MplsSteve

Why not ban Arne for life, seeing how he endorsed 0bama in ‘08 in addition to this? That jerk needs a public whuppin’.

More seriously, this is a good idea, if only to get the word out that Carlson, Quie and Durenberger don’t speak for the party.

OTOH, are there any exit polls showing that Horner took more votes from Emmer than from Dayton? It seemed as if Horner’s campaign was targeted more at independents and at Dems who may have been embarrassed by Dayton than at pubbies.


18 posted on 12/05/2010 9:59:13 PM PST by Hunton Peck (Life, Liberty, Property, and the means to protect them, are what it's about.)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Now that is funny.......


19 posted on 12/06/2010 4:11:17 AM PST by goat granny
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To: MplsSteve

I am in total agreement with the action taken, and am only mystified why it was a close vote. Being a party leader has to mean something, and here in WV we have definite rules just like the one voted on.


20 posted on 12/06/2010 5:42:40 AM PST by wildandcrazyrussian
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To: MplsSteve
Corrected headline: MN GOP gives comeuppance to DIABLOs in its midst

Send 'em packing to hang out full time with their like-minded kin in the DFL.

21 posted on 12/06/2010 6:27:05 AM PST by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: MplsSteve

Arne should stick to what he’s best at:getting beat up by his crazy moonbat wives and wearing his moth-eaten U of M sweater while pimping for more $ for ‘higher education’.


22 posted on 12/06/2010 9:06:39 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: MplsSteve

Fully concur. Horner will give us Governor Mini-Me. There can be no excuse for that.

Tony Sutton shouldn’t stop there. I’d be checking the party’s roster and convention delegates for donations to Horner and disciplining appropriately.


23 posted on 12/06/2010 10:06:49 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("I'd rather lose fighting for the right cause than win fighting for the wrong cause." - Jim DeMint)
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To: MplsSteve

This is all well and good, but I wish the MNGOP would put more money and effort into election integrity. Allowing the Democrats and Mark Ritchie to continue to steal elections is far more distressing to me than RINO delegates.


24 posted on 12/06/2010 4:07:51 PM PST by MrsPatriot (I prefer dangerous freedom to peaceful slavery.)
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