Here’s the morning quote that will draw you into the story:
“The party is in ruins,” Michael Brodkorb, a former deputy chair of the Minnesota GOP, said on Friday.
He added, “I don’t know if the party has hit rock bottom yet.”
And here’s some context:
The proximate cause of [Minnesota Republican Party chair Jennifer Carnahan] departure was a firestorm that engulfed the party in recent days, after a GOP donor she was close to, Anton “Tony” Lazzaro, was indicted on federal sex-trafficking charges. A pile-on ensued, with Carnahan, the wife of Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn, accused by party officials and former staffers of running a toxic, retaliatory workplace, mismanaging party finances and, through the use of non-disclosure agreements, squashing transparency.
So Minnesota GQP is about a year ahead of midterm elections, they have no leader, they have an exploding sex scandal from a significant player… and what’s that, you say?
In addition to the charges against Lazzaro, the chairwoman of the University of St. Thomas College Republicans was arrested on charges she assisted him in trafficking minors for sex, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
So they don’t even have the College Republicans. Heh. How could it get any worse?
Four former executive directors of the state party have called for an external financial audit.
Why do they want an audit, you ask?
Carnahan did not exit quietly, casting the deciding vote on Thursday to give herself a severance of about $38,000.
And all of it is going to fueling headlines for the foreseeable future.