Michelle MacDonald Files Complaint Against Republican Party

Updated: 09/03/2014 7:47 PM
Created: 09/03/2014 8:38 AM

The Republican-endorsed candidate for Minnesota’s Supreme Court race is filing a complaint against her own party Wednesday.

Michelle MacDonald was endorsed at the GOP state convention in May, but party officials say that was before they knew she had been charged with drunken driving and driving on a revoked license. She goes on trial in Dakota County Sept. 15 on those charges.

The party tried to ban her from the booth at the Minnesota State Fair last week, but she showed up anyway. She was asked several times to leave before she finally did.

MacDonald held a news conference in St. Paul on Wednesday to talk about what she calls “specific violations” of the Fair Campaign Practices statute. She claims they've illegally tried to coerce her to give up her GOP endorsement for the State Supreme Court due to DWI and resisting arrest charges she faces.

She says party officials have sent memos to party delegates criticizing her because she won't give up the endorsement.

KSTP political reporter Tom Hauser asked MacDonald if she is found guilty in Dakota County will that change anything for her candidacy and if she will continue on with the Republican endorsement.

"I will not be found guilty. I mean if there's justice I will not be found guilty," McDonald responded.

MacDonald filed her complaints with the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings. She says the case should eventually result in criminal charges against GOP officials.


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