Rhonda Sivarajah sent out a fundraising email highlighting this article that mentions her candidacy for the 6th Congressional District race.
Facing a dwindling number of women in their ranks, House Republicans may be best served by adopting a strategy the party as a whole has shunned for cycles: playing in primaries.
Sounds to me like Sivaraja is not going to abide by the Republican endorsement.
Three months after its launch, the House GOP’s female candidate program — Project GROW — has pinpointed 13 strong female candidates in House races, and NRCC aides say they are recruiting more. But two-thirds of these female candidates face competitive primaries against one or more male candidates, so the NRCC won’t officially back their campaigns.
I have asked her before if she will abide and she couldn’t give me a straight yes answer.
The 6th District race currently has 4 Republicans running. Tom Emmer, Sivarajah, Phil Krinkie, & Sen. John Pedersen. Emmer is the only candidate who has definitively stated he will abide by the party endorsement.
The last thing Republicans in Minnesota need is a bloody primary fight right now. The Party is still in serious rebuilding mode and if we end up arguing with each other in the most conservative (aka an easy to win) District, instead of focussing our time, energy, and resources into picking up Democrat held seats…. we run the risk of helping to diminish the public image of our party even more.
When the public sees that Republicans can’t even stand a Republican candidate, how are we to expect them to consider that Republican come November? All eyes are on the GOP.
It will be a damn shame if this race turns as nasty as the 2010 Emmer/Seifert battle or the 2012 US Senate endorsement, but it seems that we may be going down that road again and with 3 candidates apparently promising to do it all the way up til August.
More over, I find it disappointing that someone will run for a party backed race, but refuse to take the advice of the party activists. To me, that smells like someone who won’t listen to the party activists once elected.
I am trying not to pick a side and trying to hold opinion on the candidates’ off the intertubes, but its getting harder and harder to bite my tongue. How about everyone put their egos aside and we think about the big picture. As in defeating Dayton, retaking the MN House, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Auditor, Nolan, Walz, and starting to make a dent into Ellison & McCollum? Or are we going to put all our time and energy tearing apart each other in our safest District?