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An article in the Sherburne Citizen about the upcoming special election to replace District 16 Senator, Betsy Wergin, has an interesting quote from one Republican candidate slamming the other Republican candidate in the race. Alison Krueger has this to say about soon to be former Representative Mark Olson:

"Many people have asked me to run. I decided to do so because there was a need. If it were possible as a woman to support Mr. Olson I would but I can't in good conscience, therefore I stepped forward," she said.

Is this the shot across the bow signal that a battle is brewing between members of the same party in Senate District 16? This can only help the DFL candidate, Lisa Fobbe, as she can stay positive and on message while Republicans appalled by Mr. Olson battle against Republicans pleased by Mr. Olson. From all of the anectdotal evidence I have collected there is a real divide regarding Mark Olson in his district. Few Republicans will admit it, but there is a large faction of voters who truly believe that this man was wronged by both his party and by the charges levied against him. It is interesting to note this sentence conveniently placed into the article:

Rep. Mark Olson did not receive his party's endorsement to run for his own seat in the house. District 16 B Republicans nominated former Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer. Olson was ejected from the State Republican Caucus after being found guilty of one count of domestic abuse last year. He is running with the support of his wife, Heidi.

Was it really necessary to add this sentence? It is going to be interesting to see how this endorsement battle shakes out. Thus far, I have not heard back from either Lisa Fobbe or Alison Krueger after emailing them about their campaigns and issue positions (I don't like to talk to Olson because he honestly deserves to be ignored).


4 responses to "Alison Krueger (R) Slams Mark Olson (R)"

  1. Gary Gross On July 27, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Mark Olson has been rendered personna non grata. He won't get the endorsement, especially since Betsy Wergin is supporting Alison Krueger.

    Ms. Krueger will have alot of work to do but if she does it, this seat will stay firmly in the GOP column.

  2. taxpaying liberal On July 28, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Who gets to vote on the republican endorsement and when is it held?

  3. Anonymous On August 5, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    The nommination will be decided this Thursday (Aug. 7th) at the Princton High School, 6 p.m. Alison Krueger will be there.

    The more that come the better!

  4. Anonymous On August 10, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Good job Gary!!! You are batting a stellar 0 percent!! Not only did Olson get the endorsement, he was backed overwhelmingly on the second ballot 97-40. I am sure you are an endorsement purist and will be picking up lit at Olson's place soon. I will see you there.