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The latest Carnahan news

By: - August 19, 2021 2:15 pm

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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. 

Ricardo Lopez reports on it here

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.”

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J. Patrick Coolican
J. Patrick Coolican

J. Patrick Coolican is Editor-in-Chief of Minnesota Reformer. Previously, he was a Capitol reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune for five years, after a Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan and time at the Las Vegas Sun, Seattle Times and a few other stops along the way. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and two young children