Minnesota GOP publicly snubs Supreme Court candidate from party booth at state fair
A Minnesota Republican running for the state’s Supreme Court confronted members of her own party on Thursday after being barred from appearing at the party’s booth at the state fair, Minneapolis City Pages reported.
Despite being told by party leadership not to appear at the booth, Michelle MacDonald went to the booth Thursday morning, only to be rebuffed by security.
“I’m an endorsed candidate,” the Minneapolis Star Tribune quoted her as saying. “I was supported by the people at the Republican convention. The people want this.”
MacDonald was endorsed by the state party during its convention this past May. But she did not tell the delegates at the time that she was awaiting trial on charges of resisting arrest and driving under the influence.
On Wednesday, party chairman Keith Downey told MacDonald not to appear at the booth, citing a vote from the party’s executive committee to “restrict access” to candidates facing criminal charges.
Minnesota Public Radio reported that Downey did not go to the booth to address the situation, contrary to a statement from a party spokesperson.
After her initial run-in with security, MacDonald left the booth, saying, “We may as well look for justice on a stick because we can’t find it here” and calling on Downey to resign, as seen in this video:
She returned an hour later and managed to get inside the booth for a short time before departing, promising to return on Friday.
MacDonald was most recently cited by police on Aug. 1, when she was caught violating the terms of her limited driving license agreement.