Letter misleads on Emmer endorsement

JOHN KERN, SAUK RAPIDS12:37 p.m. CDT June 28, 2016

The June 22 letter “Emmer’s endorsement stands strong,” by Walter Hudson, is a misleading and inaccurate smear of U.S. House of Representatives candidate AJ Kern and her supporters.

Hudson also posted on Facebook, accusing Sen. John Pederson of lying in regard to a signed statement from Pederson validating our protest surrounding the 6th District endorsing convention.

The AJ Kern campaign has officially protested the GOP endorsement of Rep. Tom Emmer because:

1) Late-arriving unregistered delegates were seated improperly on the convention floor, replacing Kern supporters.

2) Concerns were raised to Senate District 14 and District 6 chairs during the convention; they were stonewalled.

3) Our campaign was physically precluded from oversight of counting ballots.

4) The requisite passage of a motion to endorse never happened.

Chairman Keith Downey’s only response was a directive “to All Party and BPOU Officers” …. “there is no option for BPOU and CD officers to hold their office while maintaining support for the Kearn [Kern] candidacy or providing her or her team access to party resources or appearances at party events.”

Not just procedural issues; after supporters were bumped, AJ was within 11 delegates of forestalling the endorsement.

Citing no examples, Hudson, who played a starring role in Emmer’s convention infomercial, claimed we denigrated Emmer and his supporters.

In reality, our campaign strictly avoided personal issues and challenged Emmer’s voting record on education, trade and refugee resettlement, topics on which AJ has written extensively.

Admittedly, party insiders were unhappy with our educating inexperienced precinct delegates (of which there were many) on how to beat slick (albeit within rules) electioneering tactics. These tactics traditionally help party insiders vote each other to district conventions year after year, minimizing participation by grass roots supporters.

Hudson’s baseless negative campaigning — albeit at arms’ length of the Emmer campaign — is an encouraging sign for AJ Kern.

Vote for AJ in the Aug. 9 primary.

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