UPDATE: A response from Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota Keith Downey is posted at the end of the story:
Republican AJ Kern intends to announce a primary bid today against United States Representative Tom Emmer (R – Congressional District 6). Kern and Emmer sought the party endorsement at the district’s convention in April. Emmer achieved the required 60 percent of delegates by 11 votes (212-119) and won the endorsement on April 23rd.
Kern is claiming convention misconduct led to her decision to primary against Emmer. Kern tells Alpha News the three reasons she thought the convention was mishandled include her campaign being kept out of the ballot room, a violation of “the rules for seating Delegates and Alternates,” and there never being “a motion and vote to endorse a candidate.”
Kern says the two campaigns were “provided different treatment during ballot counting,” explaining, “The Emmer campaign was provided observer(s) in the room while ballot counting occurred. The representative from the Kern campaign, Dr.John Kern, was physically blocked from entering the room during ballot counting.”
In regards to her contention with the seating of delegates and alternates, Kern says, “Sworn statements also indicate that after the permanent voting roll had been created, Alternates were wrongly unseated for late arriving Delegates in violation of the party constitution and convention rules.”