Minnesota Republicans have moved their convention that was supposed to be held in Rochester to a virtual version as a precaution amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
The decision comes after staffers decided that having a convention only 11 days after the reopening of Minnesota would still be too risky. Stating that they needed to put the safety of Minnesotans first, the MN GOP said “the decision did not come lightly.”
“Last night, in compliance with recommendations from the CDC and President Trump, the Republican Party of Minnesota’s State Executive Committee voted to move all BPOU (local party unit) conventions from in-person to remove, teleconference conventions,” said Minnesota GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan.
The Chairwoman has previously spoken out about Minnesota being closed, saying that it should have been opened on April 10th.
.@StarTribune headline: “@GovTimWalz will allow…” referring to opening golf courses, boating, fishing, hunting, hiking. I didn’t realize Walz was our “master.” I thought I lived in America. This order is weak. MN should have been open last Friday. https://t.co/eGD1Pwlefy
— Jennifer Carnahan (@jkcarnah) April 17, 2020
“We just need to keep chugging forward with the party’s business,” Carnahan said in a phone interview with MPR.
Meanwhile, Minnesota’s DFL party have adjusted their conventions as well. “In light of the recent guidance from the CDC and the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota DFL Party’s State Executive Committee made the decision to have the business of all of our conventions conducted by an online balloting system,” reports DFL member Ken Martin.