According to this report, the Minnesota GOP nominating committee unanimously rejected ‘ nomination attempt at the Minnesota Republican Convention this weekend.
The party’s nominating committee on Friday night rejected a request by Sue Jeffers, a political newcomer who has already won the Libertarian Party’s backing, to have her name placed in nomination for governor. The move would have allowed her to address the Republican state convention in Minneapolis and let the 2,000 delegates choose between Pawlenty and her.
“I think I can get up on that stage and give Tim Pawlenty a run for his money,” Jeffers said before the committee rejected her. She accused the governor of not being sufficiently conservative, citing his support for higher tobacco taxes, ethanol subsidies, light-rail transit and the Twins ballpark.
Jeffers said she was a lifelong Republican, but Margaret Cavanaugh, chairwoman of the convention’s nominating committee, said the panel unanimously rejected Jeffers’ bid because she lacked “credible Republican credentials.”
If being a lifelong Republican, working for Pawlenty’s campaign in the past, and receiving endorsements from Republican groups (including the national Republican Liberty Caucus) doesn’t provide credible Republican credentials, I’m at a loss to know what would.
According to at least one campaign insider I spoke with this morning, the vote may not have been unanimous and common rules such as seconding motions were ignored. I’ve not had time to independently verify these rumors yet, so I’ll not continue on this track right now.
The article mentioned that Jeffers is “75 percent certain she will run for governor either in the Sept. 12 Republican primary or as a Libertarian in the Nov. 7 general election.” She used a 90 percent figure on the telephone with me this morning.
Jeffers is planning to go live on the air on or about the time that Governor Pawlenty gives his coronation speech. She’s already working on the arrangements with this station. It should prove for interesting radio, and you can listen live on the Internet.
The political machine in Minnesota is doing everything possible to suppress the will of the voters. They’re even taking away the right of Republicans to vote against Jeffers. Whether Jeffers ends up running as a Libertarian or Republican, I’d suggest that the voters of Minnesota band together and support Sue Jeffers (if for no other reason) merely to stick it to the system.
BTW,she’s targeted at GOP convention delegates.