|PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT UPDATE (9/24/2012):
We got word that the Point will be closed on the 24th. The meeting has been moved to Perkins in Cottage Grove (Hwy 61 and 80th). Same time, different place.
The following message is from our newly appointed SD 54 Republicans Chair Terry Flower:
Members of the Executive Committee and Precinct Chairs,
Permit me to introduce myself. My name is Terry Flower. I have been active in Minnesota politics for the past 32 years and last week was appointed to the position of Chair of SD 54. This was preceded by the resignation of Mike Fouts who is currently immersed in a campaign for Cottage Grove City Council. I do and I am sure the rest of the Senate District also wishes him well in his campaign and we thank him for his service to the Senate District.
One last act Mike performed as chair was to call a special meeting for Monday, 24 September 2012. This will be held at the Point Restaurant at 7:00 PM. Our loyal secretary, Pedro Trost, has made reservations for the meeting. Please note that one, this a special meeting, not a regularly scheduled one. It is called with only a month or so to go before the election. Secondly, it is not an Executive Board Meeting. It is a Full Committee Meeting meaning all Precinct Chairs in addition to senate and house district officers are expected to be present. Friends, this is arguably one of the most important elections in our lifetimes. If you think Greece is the only country in trouble, think again. Thanks to our totally incompetent president we are approaching in the limit the same conditions that could lead to insolvency. Instead of recognizing American exceptionalism he promotes self-exceptionalism (on his bended knee.) We have no choice. We have to defeat Obama, overturn Obamacare and get spending under control. We have to get the spending by our state under control as well. That means we have to elect a Republican House and Senate in this great state. That means Janice Quinlan, Derrick Lerhke and Denny McNamara must be elected.
I am inviting all three campaigns to send representatives with signs, literature, etc. Any delegate or alternate is welcome. I am a firm believer that elections are won or lost in the precinct. Precincts do indeed matter and we need all Precinct Chairs to come on Monday night. Now I know there are some problems with this request. One is the fact that I do not have complete lists of everyone who is a Precinct Officer so I certainly will miss someone. Please, I implore you to get the word out and invite anyone who is a Precinct Chair and might have been missed to join us. Come on, we only have a month before the election. In spite of past or present problems, we need to work together and get the job done.
I don’t care who has supported who in the past, right now we have endorsed candidates to elect. Please help me in this endeavor. There is another major major problem. The meeting has been called for 24 September. Right now, the river bridge may still be closed then. This means that the Cottage Grove people will have no trouble getting to the Point but the Hastings and Nininger people will. This will be an even bigger challenge than we could have imagined. I could have simply cancelled the meeting but it was scheduled, the word is out and there is an alternate way to get around the bridge. I live in Nininger so my wife and I will have to drive west through Inver Grove, cross the river in South St. Paul, and come down 61 to the Point. I know that will be problematic for some, but let’s grin and bear it. Just think, we will have a war story to tell about how committed we were to drive an extra ten miles to get there.
Please invite everyone you can to join us. This will be a working meeting where we help campaigns approach our individual precincts. I already mentioned how important precincts are to winning an election. Campaign chairs know their precincts, who is a pinko lib and who is conservative. They can help door knocking go smoothly or miserably.
The meeting starts at 7:00 but you can order dinner at the Point or a cup of coffee. I will personally provide a prize for the precinct with the highest percent of Republican votes on Nov 6th. Of course I think that will be Nininger but can your precinct beat us?
Please, be there. If you cannot be there, send a representative. In February we elected delgates and alternates as well as precinct officers. It means each precinct can be represented. If you care, be there!
God bless you all for everything you are doing for this election. It is important and we have a short time. Heck, we can stand on our heads for that time! Thank you.
Chair, SD 54
P.S. I intend to miss no one but I am sure we have. Please pass this on to a neighboring precinct. Use your phone and call.
P.P.S. Thank you for your attendance on Monday.