Hoppe hears it from Carver County GOP Executive Committee

This week’s Chaska Herald features a letter to the editor by Carver County GOP Chair Vince Beaudette on behalf of the group’s Executive Committee.  The letter, titled “An open letter to Rep. Joe Hoppe (R-Chaska)”, calls out Hoppe for his support of H.F. 1083, which would institute judicial retention elections.

Scan of letter from March 28, 2013 edition of the Chaska Herald

Scan of letter from March 28, 2013 edition of the Chaska Herald

While I agree with Beaudette and the GOP Executive Committee on the merits of the judicial retention elections issue, this is a somewhat unusual step.  It’s not as if Hoppe has a long history of straying from party principles, although his vote in favor the the Vikings stadium did result in a poorly-organized challenge to his endorsement last year.  Perhaps it was prompted by supporters of State Sen. Julianne Ortman alleging something of a double standard regarding treatment of local legislators when they back bills seen as insufficiently conservative.

Either way, it’s an interesting side note to what has been a relatively quiet session thus far for Carver County’s House delegation.

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2 Responses to “Hoppe hears it from Carver County GOP Executive Committee”

  1. It should be noted that Joe was approached about this ahead of time, and he said he’d withdraw. I’m guessing it’s an oversight that he hasn’t yet, or perhaps he has good reason he did with the stadium bill.

    It should also be noted that the challenge to his endorsement had nothing to do with the board and was what appeared to be used as a way to address the crowd, rather than actually challenge Joe.

    Joe is a good representative and I imagine this will remind him that he’s bucking the party platform on this one. But inside baseball takes one down an odd path sometimes to help control the legislation, as was done with the stadium bill. In order words, I’m guessing thjis just procedural politics, and we have nothing to worry about.

    I don’t imagine this will ruffle many feathers, since he’s been unopposed from either party for quite sometime, laying aside the cute stunt that was pulled last year.

  2. I see Joe has pulled his sponsorship of this amendment.

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