My Fellow Minnesota Republicans:
I am writing this letter to each of you today out of grave and genuine concern for the people of Minnesota and more importantly for the integrity of our beloved Constitution.
It has come to my attention, that there is a strong and viable possibility that an amendment may be put forth for consideration that would make the National Popular Vote Compact state law (HF 799).
Our primary responsibility as elected officials is to represent the interests of the people of Minnesota. With that in mind, I humbly ask you to refrain from considering any National Popular Vote amendment at this time. I do not want to see our party, its leadership and office holders make the same type of mistake our federal counterparts did when they, “Passed the bill, so we could see what was in it”. Many of you may not be aware or have forgotten that in our own party platform, there is a plank which details our opposition to National Popular Vote.
I believe that if you take time to reflect on this subject thoroughly and honestly you will agree with me, that average voters are truly unaware of the ramifications of this change. They do not understand the significance for future elections. Voters simply believe it is about making “every vote count” when in actuality is about creating urban-centric elections in densely populated states.
If every vote truly counted, electoral votes would not be compacted to be assigned to the popular vote winner regardless of what the majority of voters in a given state wanted.
Minnesota prides itself on its independence from the average – sometimes to the chagrin of us Republicans. In 1984, Ronald Reagan clearly won the popular vote with the exception of one state, Minnesota. And although, we Republicans were not happy with that, it was still the will of the people of Minnesota. Our electors placed their votes for Walter Mondale, our own native son. Under National Popular Vote, that would not have happened. Our vote, our voice, our independence would all have been denied and marshaled and our electors would have been legally compelled to vote for Reagan. How does that represent the will of the people? How is that an exercise in freedom which our Founding Fathers worked so diligently to create?
Why not consider the Congressional District method which has been successful in both Nebraska and Maine? Why not consider that whoever wins the popular vote in each congressional district gets the electoral vote? Then each vote would count. Each congressional district would have even more of a voice than they do now.
The Founding Fathers firmly rejected a purely popular vote to elect the president because they wanted to balance the power of the larger states against the smaller.
The National Popular Vote effort which fully partnered with a George Soros-funded election group, could see only 14 states – those with the largest populations – decide the presidency for voters in all 50 states. The group, the Center for Voting and Democracy, received original seed money in 1997 from the Joyce Foundation, a non-profit that boasted President Obama served on its board at the time of the grant. Obama was a board member from July 1994 until December 2002.
Where is our objectivity? Where is our ethical representation of the people of Minnesota? And yes, my primary opponent, former State Representative Tom Emmer has even been a national spokesman for National Popular Vote along with the son of George Soros, John Soros.
Why any self respecting Republican, conservative, or liberty minded American would want to be associated with George Soros or his money is completely inconceivable!
I realize that some of you may believe that this is a political campaign stunt. It is quite the contrary. I do not consider National Popular Vote to be a Republican or Democrat issue.
This is a people of MINNESOTA issue. This is a voter issue. This is a Constitution issue.
If my candidacy for the US Congress allows me the opportunity to speak out on this issue and to gain attention of the voters then I feel I have a moral obligation to do so. I would be negligent as an office holder, as a candidate and as an American if I did not.
I urge you again as Republicans, as Americans and most importantly as Minnesotans, please consider delaying any action on National Popular Vote at this time.