This afternoon, I got a call from a loyal reader of this blog who was just heading home from the HD-15B endorsing convention.
This loyal reader said that Jim Neuberger had won the endorsement to be the GOP candidate in this fall’s general election. The report I received was that Jim had a substantial lead after the first ballot.
At that point, Joan Parsakalla made a quite magnanimous gesture, dropping out and making a motion that a unanimous ballot be cast for Jim Neuberger. I’ve had the chance to meet Joan. She’s a tireless worker for the party. I have nothing but positives to say about Joan.
Still, I’m happy for Jim because I’ve known Jim since 2008. He’s a great guy with a strong grasp of the issues. That’s why Jim will be part of the State legislature this time next year.
Jim is staunchly pro-life, a major plus in central Minnesota. Jim’s strong on Second Amendment issues, too. In fact, he told the Benton County convention delegates that he and his wife often go shooting at the range.
Jim’s been the Deputy Chair of the 6th Congressional District Executive Board. He’s worked on lots of campaigns, too. That’s why I’m confident Jim will run a strong campaign campaign.
The other thing that’s worth noting from the convention was that alot of the precincts weren’t at 100% strength. From what I was told, there were more than a few precincts that were at 35-50% strength. Apparently, alot of Ron Paul supporters didn’t show up for the convention.
The other thing that this loyal reader said was that there was a little animosity towards the people who didn’t show up. Apparently, the Paul delegates didn’t learn that there’s more to being a delegate than just getting to the state convention and voting for Ron Paul.
Congratulations to Jim for winning the endorsement. He worked hard and got the victory. Joan Parsakalla should be applauded for being a great team player and for her great gesture.