GOP chair Downey’s ‘order’ to support or resign not going over well

GOP chairman Keith Downey’s pre-convention letter “suggesting” party officers resign if they choose not support the party’s endorsed candidates did not sit well with the bureaucracy. At Politics in Minnesota, Mike Mosedale writes, “Reached by phone Tuesday, Downey said he is not aware of any party leaders who have stepped down as a consequence of his missive. He also rejected criticisms that his letter amounted to an edict from on high. ‘This isn’t top-down. There’s no witch hunt going on,’ he said. ‘Like any other organization with 15,000 employees, there are times when you have to restate policies and remind people.’ ”

Hmmm, a large religious organization with money for charitable work (instead of legal costs) might be of help here. For WCCO-TV Kim Johnson writes, “Since 1978, Minnesota seniors have been able to count on them for a hot meal. But now the future of Meals on Wheels is in jeopardy. … deliveries may soon stop arriving. A lack of funds forced four Twin Cities locations to close. And now another metro community is on the chopping block. ‘We’re in the hole,’ said Susan Dieseth, director of the Meals on Wheels Burnsville chapter. Dieseth said the program is in debt by $2,000 … .”

Speaking of religion … MPR’s Mukhtar Ibrahim reports, “Over the past few months, as many as 15 young Somali-American men from the Twin Cities have traveled to Syria to join radical groups trying to overthrow President Bashar Assad’s regime, according to the FBI. One of the men, Abdirahmaan Muhumed, told MPR News through a series of Facebook messages that he is fighting alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. ISIS, as it is commonly known, captured the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Tikrit this week.”

Today in invasive (or at least unwelcome) species … . Kyle Farris of the Forum News Service says, “The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has been reporting a growing number of the caterpillars — known for munching on leaves and invading back yards — over the past several years, causing some experts to predict an imminent outbreak. But the department said Tuesday that hatching this spring has been sporadic and that numbers might actually be declining in some areas. ‘They’re horrible, they’re slimy, they’re everywhere’ … .”

Likewise (because we’re some kind of mecca for noxious species) … Phil Picardi of MPR says, “It’s turning out to be quite the year for black flies. Up north, loons are abandoning their eggs. They’re fleeing the insects attacking them at their nests. Black fly counts are up too in the metro area. But their population is being carefully controlled in and around the cities. … [Says Mike McLean, of the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District], ‘ … if you’ve ever had a black fly bite, they’re not as subtle as a mosquito. They actually take a little chunk right out of your skin, and then they kind of lap up the blood that goes into the little hole they’ve made.’ ”

Good, not great news on the export front. Says Dee DePass in the Strib, “Minnesota’s manufactured exports rose 2 percent to $5 billion in the first quarter, state officials announced Thursday. The uptick is welcome and reverses worries that the increasingly critical export market might falter as it did during several months last year. On Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) said overseas sales of manufactured goods and agricultural products proved strong, and were up 4.4 percent for the full year.”

Stoking the base … The AP reports on the “Jobs Coalition” running an ad ripping Gov. Dayton for MNsure. “The Minnesota Jobs Coalition ad rolled out Thursday uses footage of Dayton from October saying MNsure was going ‘phenomenally well.’ MNsure is the Web-based exchange Minnesota is using to comply with the Affordable Care Act, known by many as ‘Obamacare’. Minnesota’s system had a choppy debut, which Republicans hope to turn into political advantage in a bid to defeat Dayton.”

When you’re understaffed … Chris Serres of the Strib reports, “In an effort to eliminate a massive backlog of maltreatment investigations, state regulators charged with protecting Minnesota’s most vulnerable populations are suspending investigations of deaths at state-licensed facilities where no abuse is alleged. The move is part of a broad series of measures designed to expedite maltreatment investigations at more than 8,800 state-licensed programs and facilities … .”

You gotta love a candidate who provides a steady stream of news … . At City Pages Aaron Rupar reports, “During a May 22 appearance on Detroit Lakes’ KDLM radio, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden was asked what lessons from his business career he’s taking with him on the campaign trail. McFadden … replied, ‘…  in the business you have to be results-oriented, you have to be people-oriented, you have to know how to motivate. I know what it’s like to make a payroll, I know what it’s like to provide healthcare for my employees.’ … A DFL source got in touch to point out the uncomfortable fit between McFadden’s comments and the fact that he doesn’t provide health insurance to his own campaign staffers.” Does this mean he’s leaving his employees to flounder in the Socialist hellhole of Obamacare?

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Todd Hintz on 06/12/2014 - 02:15 pm.

    McFadden & Healthcare

    I love the post on McFadden, who can’t provide healthcare for his campaign staffers. Gosh, if only we had universal single payer healthcare, then he wouldn’t be in this uncomfortable spot.

    • Submitted by jason myron on 06/12/2014 - 04:08 pm.

      It’s going to be amusing

      watching McFadden flail away when outside of his protective corporate bubble. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a “Mike Hatch” moment relatively early in his ill-fated campaign.

  2. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 06/12/2014 - 05:00 pm.

    Wow Downey –

    My way or the highway! I certainly could use a different phrase. And you wonder why you lost and never will be elected again. LOL

  3. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 06/12/2014 - 05:13 pm.

    ….I know what it’s like to provide healthcare for my employees. …

    He’s pretending again to be an entrepreneur–he’s the head of a division of an international financial corporation.

    He provides nothing. Lazard, out of Paris, London and New York decide–they are the people who provide the insurance, it’s not in any way up to McFadden or his discretion.

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