Minn. GOP Kicks Its Own Candidate Out Of State Fair Booth

The Republican Party of Minnesota kicked one of its own endorsed candidates out of the party’s state fair booth Thursday.

Michelle MacDonald, who was endorsed by the state GOP for a state Supreme Court seat, was told Wednesday that she was not welcome at the party’s Minnesota State Fair booth, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. She showed up anyway and was ordered to leave by security.

The state party’s executive committee had barred MacDonald from the booth after restricting access to its state fair booth from candidates with pending criminal cases. The 52-year-old lawyer had rankled state party leaders when convention delegates found out only after endorsing MacDonald’s candidacy in May that she was awaiting trial for an alleged 2013 drunk driving incident.

MacDonald filmed the guards who tried to usher her out and eventually left the booth, after calling on state party Chairman Keith Downey to resign.

“We may as well look for justice on a stick because we can’t find it here!” she said, as quoted by the Star-Tribune.

MacDonald said she planned to return to the party’s state fair booth on Friday.

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