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GOP Party Chair Tony Sutton: “Traitors! They’re TRAITORS!!!” or…

by TwoPuttTommy on October 8, 2010 · 1 comment

…”The more things change, the more GOPers don’t”

Yesterday, I read about 13 former GOP state Legislators endorsing former Republican (now  IP Endorsed) candidate for Governor Tom Horner.

So I wasn’t surprised when Tony Sutton, State GOP Party Chair, reacted with this:

Republican Party chairman Tony Sutton took it a step further, dismissing defectors as “a generation of Republicans that were not successful, the permanent minority. There’s a special place in hell for these quislings.”   (emphasis added)
(, 06 October 2010)

Apparently feeling the heat for calling these retired lawmakers who had served in the Legislature “quislings” – which relates to Nazi collaborators during World War II, State GOP Chair Tony Sutton backed off – kind of…

Sutton says he didn’t intend a Nazi comparison, but used the word as a common term for traitor.  

The other thing I read today, was an editorial (“Beware of campaign rhetoric Insist on answers, not just mud-flinging”) from the print edition of The Eden Prairie News (not available on-line).  From it:

“Ask the candidate who merely attacks an opponent’s position on an issue how the problem can be solved – and to please be specific. (EPNews, 07 October 2010)

Mudflinging is all today’s GOP “leadership” has, from the top on down; for example, local GOP SD42 Chair Marc Papinau trashes Dayton in a letter to the editor in today’s print edition of the EP News.  And again, this trashing/mud-slinging by the GOP isn’t new; let’s look back at how the State GOP “leadership” treated a true American hero, LTC (Retired) Joe Repya:
GOPer Party Official Trashes Veteran Joe Repya And Is Rewarded
by: TwoPuttTommy
Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 11:15:18 AM CDT

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Joe Repya is, by any standard, an American Hero.  People may not like his conservative political philosophy, but few (if any) have served this great country with the courage, valor, integrity and distinction Lieutenant Colonel Joe Repya has. Colonel Repya served in combat in Vietnam, the Gulf War in 1990, and in 2004 – at age 58 – came out of retirement to serve again in Iraq.  How Colonel Repya missed The Balkans has to be an interesting story; a story I’d like to follow up on – but, that’s a tangent.

Colonel Repya challenged then-incumbent MN-GOP Party Chair Ron Carey in 2007, on a “reform the party” platform – because, clearly today’s GreedOverPrinciples party needs to be cleaned up.  For this, Colonel Repya was essentially smeared called an “enemy of the party” by then-GOP Party Chair Ron Carey.  An important point is Ron Carey’s campaign manager was current GOP State Deputy Chair Michael Brodkorb.

Everybody got that?  Challenge the party chair’s “stewardship” and get trashed as essentially an “enemy of the party”, by the guy (Ron Carey) who’s campaign Michael Brodkorb ran.  

Fast forward, to last month.  Tony Sutton, the GOP party’s Treasurer under Carey, is elected Party Chair.  Sutton was “the man” while a whole bunch of the GOP Party’s FEC problems were unfolding – link here to read the Tostenson Memo.  Michael Brodkorb, who’s plotical tactics Joe Repya has condemened, is elected GOP State Party Deputy Chair.

So, when FEC Tony and MudSlingerMike were elected Chair and Deputy Chair, Colonel Repya had had enough – he wrote an Op/Ed in the Pioneer Press titled “Why I’m leaving the Minnesota GOP.”  While that Op/Ed is no longer available on the PiPress website, comments on that Op/Ed are.  Nathan Hansen, GOP Deputy Chair of CD-4, did comment – here’s what he had to say:

I am Deputy Chair of the Fourth Congressional District and one of the newer anti-war Republican activists. It’s difficult for words to describe how happy I am that you are leaving our Party. The roots of your “neconservative” philosophy lie in Straussian Trotzkyite Communism. “Corporate money” influencing our Party? Nothing compared to the damage your military industrial complex (that Eisenhower warned us about) has wreaked on our Party and our Country.

I hope you will find a happy home among your fellow communists.  Your days of endless illegal wars and military industrial complex domination of our party are over.
Obama is ramping up his War in Afghanistan and continues to illegally bomb Pakistan. Perhaps you can join him to satiate your bloodlust. (emphasis added) (PiPress)

Lieutenant Colenel (Retired) Joe Repya a communist??!?  A neo-con??!?  “…satiate bloodlust…” – WT(C)? Colonel Repya is a warmonger, too??!?

So, one might wonder how the new regime of FEC Tony and MudlsingerMike responded to an elected GOP Party Official – Deputy Chair of the 4th CD – trashing a bona fide American military hero?  How did FEC Tony and MudslingerMike respond to an elected GOP Party Official essentially spitting on Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Joe Repya?

By rewarding GOP CD-4 Deputy Chair Nathan Hansen with a plum assignment within the State GOP.

Which really isn’t surprising, when you think about it – it’s a page “right” out of the GOP Playbook.

In today’s GreedOverPrinciples Party, “led” locally by Tony Sutton and Michael Brodkorb, you can expect anyone they don’t like to be slimed, smeared, and spit on.

It’s really rather pathetic – and just as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, it’s predictable, too.

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