Nomination Dispute Triggers Carlson to Pull Out of GOP Convention

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PoliticsMN_WEBSITELogoRepublican candidate for U.S. Senate David Carlson will not participate at the 2014 Republican Party of Minnesota State Convention later this week due to a disagreement with leadership of the Republican Party of Minnesota over nominating requirements at the convention.

Carlson’s dispute centers on when he was notified by the Republican Party of Minnesota about the signature requirements for candidates seeking endorsement. The Republican Party of Minnesota’s Constitution requires candidates seeking endorsement to submit “…the printed names and signatures of a minimum of 2% of the State Convention Delegate.”

The signature requirement to be nominated for endorsement has existed since the late ’90s and was most recently modified in 2009, to lower the number of signatures required to be nominated.

Carlson was first informed last Friday about the signature requirement by leadership of the Republican Party of Minnesota. The timing of when Carlson was notified about the signature requirement was delayed because the initial e-mail to his campaign was sent to the wrong address by the Republican Party of Minnesota.

In 2012, Carlson challenged the 2012 Republican endorsed candidate for the U.S. Senate Kurt Bills in the primary election. Carlson won two Congressional Districts (1st & 7th) and almost won the 8th Congressional District, losing to Bills by less than two percentage points.

The total number of delegates for the 2014 Republican Party of Minnesota State Convention is 2222. A minimum of 44 signatures (2 percent of 2222) must be submitted to the Nominations Committee by 12 PM on Thursday for a candidate to be considered for endorsement for U.S. Senate and Friday by 12 PM for governor.

The leadership of Republican Party of Minnesota offered Carlson an additional 24 hours to gather signatures. This would have allowed Carlson to seek signatures during the Republican Party of Minnesota State Central Committee meeting on Thursday evening and on Friday morning, which is the first day of the convention.

Dave Thul, chair of the Nominations Committee, also offered to address the entire convention and explain the reason why Carlson would be allowed to collect signatures after the deadline. This offer was rejected by Carlson, who will now bypass the convention and run in the upcoming primary election in August. Carlson’s intention was always to seek, but not abide by, the Republican Party of Minnesota’s endorsement for U.S. Senate.

The Republican Party of Minnesota is focused on resolving the dispute with Carlson. Thul said tonight, “It’s our hope that David’s campaign takes us up on our offer of an extension, so we can pass him through the nominations committee and be considered for endorsement.”

Carlson isn’t budging from his position. “The party process is broken,” said Carlson, “my message is focused on winning voters in the primary election, instead of focusing on an inter-party squabble.”

Please check back to politics.mn this week for analysis and information on the DFL and Republican Party of Minnesota State Conventions.

13 Comments

  1. Isn’t it a little convenient for the RPM that the only GOP candidate that is pro-choice and pro-quality didn’t get the email about the signature requirement?

  2. jsmitty387 says:

    Carlson received 44,000 votes in the primary with only two months campaigning and a four figure budget. Why wasn’t the RPM more on top of this and actively pursuing him? Is the leadership of the RPM completely inept or intentionally sabotaging this young veteran?

  3. So essentially the MNGop is trying to silence a fellow veteran because he socially moderate? Minnesotans rejected the marriage ban amendment.

  4. Good call PLH! I’ve been following Carlson for a few months now and he’s one of the most interesting figures I’ve ever seen come into Minnesota politics. My husband was at the Republican Jewish Coalition Debate a few months ago when Carlson almost gave half the room a cardiac apparently when he said “absolutely no” to supporting ‘personhood legislation’ when every other candidate said unequivocally yes! That’s some gravitas!

    He supported gay marriage and opposed the marriage amendment, he’s pro-choice and supports women’s rights, and supported the anti-bully legislation that eventually passed with no Republican help mind you. A decorated Marine combat veteran and a public school teacher, oh, and he is actually attractive and has good looking kids? Who wants someone like that?

    Sounds like the Minnesota Republican Party might actually be afraid they have a chance to win for once against a popular Democrat and want to try and blow it.

    One Party System, Because One Party Self-Destructs… What is wrong with these people???!!!

  5. Seriously, Jess! It is like the MNGop doesn’t want to win. Isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results?

    Minnesota is not a socially conservative state! We made history by being the first to reject the marriage amendment and then turned around to legalize equality seven months later. When will the GOP learn that women’s rights and equality aren’t something to play with? As an LGBTQ ally I equate voting for someone who believes marriage is “one man, one woman” to voting for someone that believes in Jim Crow laws. It is not okay and Minnesotans have made it very clear they do not think so either!

    What does that translate to? ELECTABILITY!! The other candidates are not electable in this state as proud “social conservatives”.

  6. I’ve been forced to vote blue the last two elections because of the smucks the GOP has been putting up. I was really looking forward to voting red again. David Carlson is your only hope for that. No other candidate will bring people back to the party. Did 2010 teach you nothing?!?

    Non-geriatric veteran, school teacher, father to young girls, extremely educated in national security, socially progressive, and attractive… what more do you really want in a candidate?!?
    GOP, you’re on life support. When you have a potential cure why would you ignore it?

    Veteran, father to young girls, business owner, extremely educated in national security, socially progressive, and attractive… what more do you really want in a candidate?!?

  7. I’ve been forced to vote blue the last two elections because of the smucks the GOP has been putting up. I was really looking forward to voting red again. David Carlson is your only hope for that. No other candidate will bring people back to the party. Did 2010 teach you nothing?!?

    Non-geriatric veteran, school teacher, father to young girls, extremely educated in national security, socially progressive, and attractive… what more do you really want in a candidate?!?
    GOP, you’re on life support. When you have a potential cure why would you ignore it?

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  9. Freedom Vet says:

    This guy knows Iran is just about to steal our freedom. I respect that. Also, he almost beat Kurt Bills in a primary with about $100 budget.

  10. PATRIOT Rider says:

    I agree with Freedom Vet, Carlson is very firm in his stances on foreign policy especially Iran. He is also knowledgeable on national security, a rare thing for an actual candidate if you ask me. Carlson is the first state candidate I’ve gotten excited about since Ventura.

    He’s not a one-sided candidate playing off I’ve got the most money, I’m a businessman, or I’m a lawyer, or some politician looking to move up to bigger donations. Reading his bio, I wish I had done half of what he’s accomplished at 32 at 42!

    I honestly don’t know why the Repubs are not pushing people out of his way and trying to bring this guy up, he’s everything that party says they’re trying to do. Hes from the working class & an East Sider, Marine machine gunner veteran from Iraq, apparently 5 universities (I was proud I made it thru trade school) Florida State University Business School & even goes to Texas A&M U right now, while he’s running for Senate and teaching???

    Somehow he finds time to teach some in that out of control St. Paul District too? Ever hear of EDUCATION MN? I would think a lot of teachers would support him, don’t they usually vote D???!

    The two blonde cuties in all the pics have to be the most adorable twins ever (God help him). He has a bunch of pics with Chinese businessman and government officials in China, he clearly is experienced in business and made a lot of connections from nothing.

    Lets see. A young, entrepreneur, veteran, blue collar, educated, teacher, and a Dad.. Who doesn’t look like Revenge of the Nerds??

    Yeah who wants a candidate like that in there party! I’m so glad he told these self-righteous, gay hating MN Republicans if they were going to play dumb games and treat him like crap he ain’t playing it & they can shove it! It put him on my radar and I’ve read all his pages today and am impressed.

    I vote Independent usually but will be grabbing a R ballot in August and if he makes it November he can put the biggest damn sign he has in my front yard next to my wifes educator sign. I can barely stomach the idea of voting for Franken, I voted Barkley last time but if it’s either Mitt Romney Jr or Julianne Ortman-Palin I might have to plug my nose and go for Big Al! God help me! – The Rider IS OUT!

  11. TommieNotAKatie says:

    OMG I thought politics was for dorks only; he is seriously Hollywood hot! We get Feinstein and Pelosi, and Minni might have this guy on the news everyday from DC?!

    He seriously looks like Channing Tatum, if MN doesn’t want him, send him back to Cali he can be our next Senator!

    I might change my residency just so I can say I voted for David Carlson for US Senate before he exploded. Why are they hating on him, I thought the Republicans were “reaching out to younger and minority voters.” He’s the only young person running, that sure lasted a long time.

    Good for you Mr. Carlson, keep up the fight and don’t let these super old fools throw their money and old balls around like it’s 1959 again! Its time for the next generation to have a voice, he would be the 1st from my generation ever elected, that’s pretty impressive. His tweet says average age in the senate is 63, is that for real, that’s the AVERAGE???

    There’s no way my Grandpa would want to run around campaigning LOL, time for some real CHANGE, step it up MINNESOTA!

  12. Your screen name is “moralusa”? Holy self-righteousness!! If you can make yourself the moral police you must be really objective…

  13. Go big or go home! Dave Carlson all day:)

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