Plain Talk: Former NDGOP Chairman and Burgum Supporter Says the Governor Is “Using His Wealth” to Punish the Legislature

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum in Fargo March 11 during a press conference where he addressed the severity of the coronavirus. Chris Hagen / The Forum

Gary Emineth is a long-time activist in North Dakota politics, and at one point served as the chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party.

He was an outspoken supporter of Gov. Doug Burgum’s 2016 campaign, but he sees problems in Burgum’sĀ decision to spend big money defeating other Republicans in primary races.

Two of Burgum’s former staffers have formed a political action committee and, funded with big-money donations from Burgum and his network of supporters, are intervening in Republican legislative primaries across the state, as well as the Republican primary for the Treasurer’s office.

The governor is “using his wealth as the chief executive to go after the Legislature,” Emineth told me.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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