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GOP considering new candidate screening following Michelle MacDonald’s endorsement

The Republican Party of Minnesota is taking a look at how it endorses judicial candidates, following more strange behavior from Michelle MacDonald, the GOP’s endorsed candidate to challenge incumbent Supreme Court Justice David Lillehaug.

According to MinnPost, the GOP’s executive committee met last week to talk about changing thew way it screens candidates for endorsements. Instead of appointment a committee to endorse judicial candidates ahead of the conventions, the party is now considering using the nominating committee to handle all candidate screening. It is clear that some in the party don’t think MacDonald should have been endorsed and that delegates did not know enough about her.

The executive committee is distancing itself from MacDonald after it learned of MacDonald’s 2013 traffic arrest on suspicion of drunken driving and a bizarre email that was sent from the judicial elections committee that addressed the charge against MacDonald.

There is dispute of whether the email was from the judicial elections committee. It is also clear that support for MacDonald’s endorsement was not unanimous.

The committee was aware of MacDonald’s DWI arrest when she met with members in the run up to the party’s statewide nominating convention in May. The committee chair said he wanted to release a report to delegates that detailed MacDonald’s DWI charge, but the idea was voted down.


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