6th Congressional District candidate Rhonda Sivarajah sent a letter Republican members of the Minnesota House and Senate on Friday about an issue of “grave and genuine concern for the people of Minnesota” – National Popular Vote (NPV).
Sivarajah’s letter had two objectives: raise public awareness about NPV and connect her Republican opponent in the primary election, Tom Emmer, to NPV. Emmer has been a supporter of NPV in the past, but hasn’t focused on the issue while running for Congress.
From Sivarajah’s letter:
Our primary responsibility as elected officials is to represent the interests of the people of Minnesota. With that in mind, I humbly ask you to refrain from considering any National Popular Vote amendment at this time. I do not want to see our party, its leadership and office holders make the same type of mistake our federal counterparts did when they, “Passed the bill, so we could see what was in it”. Many of you may not be aware or have forgotten that in our own party platform, there is a plank which details our opposition to National Popular Vote.
Sivarajah has rebooted her campaign for Congress since losing the Republican Party’s endorsement in the 6th Congressional District to Emmer in April. In the last few weeks, Sivarajah has hired Patrick Davis as the campaign’s general consultant, released a new campaign website, been more aggressive on social media and also in contrasting her positions with Emmer.
Polling released from Emmer’s campaign showed Emmer maintaining a big lead over Sivarajah in the upcoming primary election. Please check back to politics.mn for additional analysis on the 2014 elections.