DFL Party officials say a House Republican campaign staffer posed as a Democrat in a recent letter to the editor in an effort to pull votes away from the Democratic-backed candidate.
In a complaint filed with the Office of Administrative Hearings on Thursday, party officials point to a recent editorial submitted to both the Brainerd Dispatch and the Aitkin Age by Hill City resident Stephen Sundquist. In the letter, Sundquist says he is a Democrat and voted for DFL-endorsed candidate Joe Radinovich in a House District 10B primary election. Sundquist continued to say he will not, however, vote for Radinovich in the general election after the candidate changed his message to be more moderate. As a result, Sundquist said he planned to write in the name of David Strand on the ballot, and encouraged others to do so too.
But the complaint alleges that Sundquist is actually a staffer of the House Republican Campaign Committee (HRCC) and works on Republican Dale Lueck‘s campaign in the district. DFLers also say Sundquist appears to live in Minnetonka, not Hill City. The move, they say, was a deceptive ploy to pull votes away from their candidate.
“Rather than have an honest debate on the issues, Republicans like Dale Lueck are resorting to blatantly dishonest and unethical campaign tactics,” said Ken Martin, DFL Party Chair, in a statement. “Voters in District 10B deserve better – they deserve an honest campaign, and they deserve answers about this attempt to fool voters.”
UPDATE: GOP House spokeswoman Jodi Boyne says Sundquist is no longer employed with the HRCC and is not affiliated with any campaigns for the Legislature.