A lifelong resident of Minnesota, Michael Brodkorb is an experienced communications, social media, public affairs & research consultant and is an observer of all things political. He also blogs at politics.mn. He lives in Eagan with his family.

MacDonald's state fair showdown last straw for top Republicans

Posted by: Michael Brodkorb under Politics Updated: August 21, 2014 - 10:11 PM

A group of top Republican attorneys sent a blistering memorandum to the leadership of the Republican Party of Minnesota this evening about the candidacy of Michelle MacDonald, the Republican endorsed candidate for the Minnesota Supreme Court. The memo was the last in a series of public relations hits today against MacDonald's campaign.     

MacDonald was banned from campaigning at the Republican Party of Minnesota's booth at the Minnesota State Fair, but she ignored the directive (see pictures) and visited the booth. MacDonald was eventually ordered by security guards to leave the booth, but not before promising to return tomorrow. 

This afternoon Scott Newman, the Republican endorsed candidate for attorney general, endorsed MacDonald's opponent, incumbent Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Lillehaug. This was followed up by the memo from Republican attorneys, who cited "MacDonald’s behavior today – where she intentionally created a public conflict and dispute at the RPM’s state fair booth" as a reason for the Republican Party of Minnesota to reconsider their support of her candidacy. 

Below is the memorandum sent to the Republican Party of Minnesota's State Executive Committee. Today was only the first day of the Minnesota State Fair, so grab some cheese curds and watch this political drama unfold. 


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