Oh, to be a fly on the wall at Minnesota Republican Party headquarters right now (wherever that HQ may be)...
It seems there's even more to the Mary Franson restraining order story than is publicly known. According to the Hutchinson Leader:
Three members of the McLeod County GOP executive committee resigned Thursday night, with two confirming to a reporter that their resignations were due to concerns about the local party's chairman. The chairman of the McLeod County GOP, Eric Harpel, was served with a restraining order May 12 after State Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, alleged that he stalked, threatened and harassed her.
Unfortunately the full story isn't online, but this is a big deal regardless. This isn't just three regular people lodging a protest, these are three of the most knowledgeable and engaged activists in the county's party organization who clearly know at least what has been revealed in court documents, and don't like what they see -- enough that they're not going to help lead the local GOP in a critical election year. More likely there's actually more "there" there than we already know, and one can't blame these folks for not wanting to be nearby when the other shoe drops.
I reiterate what I said recently about the GOP not having a candidate to run against Terry Morrow -- what kind of difference might this make on the constitutional amendments we face in November? A couple thousand votes? How much vote potential is this latest mess worth to the GOP's chances at those amendments, and at holding on to any of their legislative power come January?
Like the man said, when your adversary is drowning, toss'em a boat anchor.