A day after being found guilty of three traffic-related offenses in a Dakota County Courtroom, Michelle MacDonald, the Republican party’s endorsed (but not embraced) candidate for the state Supreme Court was back on the campaign trail.
Thursday evening, MacDonald joined Congressional candidates Torrey Westrom and Stewart Mills and several other Republican candidates at an event. She was ignored by the other candidates at the program but greeted warmly by the Beltrami County crowd.
Early in the week, MacDonald had been found not guilty of fourth degree driving while intoxicated but found guilty of obstruction of legal process, resisting arrest and refusal to take a breath test. Sentencing and a court-ordered psychological evaluation will not take place until after the election. MacDonald is opposing incumbent Supreme Court Justice David Lillehaug.
MacDonald said she was asked by those in charge of Beltrami County event not to discuss “the problems’’ she’s having with the GOP. She said she opted not to speak about the recently completed trial. “I spoke about justice,’’ said MacDonald. “I was uplifted by the response.’’
MacDonald plans to be on the dais at the Reagan Dinner in Duluth on Saturday night. “I’m not quitting,’’ she said.