Last spring, this blog got into a bit of a flap with the sitting leadership of the MNGOP’s Fourth Congressional District over airing out a report that the district’s chairman, John Kysylysczyn, was pondering not getting involved in the district’s various legislative elections or, for that matter, the CD4 Congressional race. The evidence? An email from Kysylyczyn to a BPOU chair which circulated to a much, much wider group.
Along with that came a report – from a source inside the district’s leadership who asked for anonymity to protect themselves from reprisal - that Kysylyczyn was pondering not making the customary donation to the district’s endorsed candidate, Tony Hernandez.
While that idea apparently never got past the pondering stage – the donation did in fact pass the full committee - if current plans remain in effect, the district’s leadership apparently still doesn’t believe there’s a role for the district in the campaign (the flap also earned me a stern tongue-lashing from Kysylyczyn, who in a move unprecedented in CD4 politics, used the district’s website to tell the membership that he wouldn’t talk with bloggers because, apparently, the mainstream media is fairer to Republicans or something).
And while under normal circumstances it’s just another meeting, these aren’t normal circumstances. It’s election season. CD4 endorsed a candidate for Congress, Hernandez, who is running an aggressive and active campaign. Campaigns take money. The Fourth CD reportedly has a decent little chunk of cash, in its “federal” account - $6139.48, as of the August committee meeting - which has to be spent, by law, on matters pertaining to federal races. It’s a broad category; it can be spent on training, software, computers, consulting…
…or, naturally, the race its endorsed candidate is running.
The district can donate a maximum of $5,000 from this amount (on top of the earlier donation) to the Hernandez campaign – but not without a full committee vote. Which requires a full committee meeting.
Which has just been cancelled until after the election.
Is this what the 4th CD GOP is supposed to be doing with its mandate?
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