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Andy Aplikowski, recently departed executive director of the Minnesota Republican Party, released a statement with some key allegations against Chair Jennifer Carnahan early Thursday.
He says he refused to sign a non-disparagement clause in exchange for money.
We now know that there have been multiple severance agreements with large payouts but we don’t know how many or for how much. This is donor money that could be used to help elect Republicans, but instead Carnahan used donor money to silence former Republican staffers.
– Andy Aplikowski
Aplikowski, who comes from a well-known Republican family, charges that Carnahan received an inquiry about Lazzaro as early as July 19 from Daily Beast reporter Jose Pagliery, and that Carnahan swore Aplikowski to secrecy about it. If true, it indicates that she knew of Lazzaro’s issues before the arrest. Aplikowski says that two days later, the party received a $5,000 donation from Lazzaro, which won’t show up until the Feb 1, 2022 campaign finance report. So, the call comes from Daily Beast. Then a donation shows up.
Aplikowski also says Carnahan told him once in 2020 that he “would not approve of his lifestyle.” Maybe she meant the Ferrari.
Aplikowksi’s statement just piles on a group statement he signed with three other former GOP executive directors on Wednesday after being freed from non-disclosure agreements. It’s one of the most astounding things I’ve read in 20 years covering politics.
They describe the most toxic, unprofessional work environment you can possibly imagine. Stories of mishandled sexual harassment allegations have also come to the forefront.
I asked Carnahan this morning to respond and will send it along if I hear back.
Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka makes a cryptic statement here:
I have spoken to Chairwoman Carnahan, and individuals who support her removal, and have been assured a resolution to this conflict will be reached at tonight’s 6:30 p.m. meeting.
– Paul Gazelka
What does he mean by resolution?
Former GOP operative Michael Brodkorb is reporting that Carnahan is negotiating an “exit package.”
NEW: As others have reported, I hear an “exit package” is being prepared for a possible departure by @MNGOP Chair @jkcarnah. Below are a few of my thoughts on any potential financial settlement with Carnahan. Let me know your thoughts in the replies. /1
— Michael Brodkorb (@mbrodkorb) August 19, 2021
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