State House Republicans announce staff, committee schedule
J. Patrick Coolican
November 26, 2014 — 10:31pm
Minnesota state House Republicans, newly in the majority after this month's election, announced staff and the committee schedule for the upcoming legislative session.
As previously announced, Ben Golnik, a veteran Republican hand, comes over from the Minnesota Jobs Coalition to be executive director of the Republican caucus. Bobby Patrick will be legislative director to Speaker Kurt Daudt. Susan Closmore is head of public affairs. Also of note, Tom Erickson, who most recently was spokesman for the U.S. Senate campaign of Mike McFadden, is executive assistant to the caucus. He previously worked for former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."