"Shakedown blogger" Don Allen, who is leading the forlorn "black Republican" charge all by himself most of the time, recently made a bid to become chair of the Minnesota Republican Party.
I am told Allen garnered 28 votes and to some it was a surprise Don Allen got any support whatsoever. But the most notable part of the competition for GOP Chair was what Don Allen expected for a salary...
According to Twitterspherian Jeff Kolb (@jpkolb) Don Allen asked for a salary of "six figures, with expenses and a severance package." Kolb reported the room erupted in laugher.
Another Twitter commenter added, "Don't forget everything you own as well." This apparently alludes to some kind of conflict Don Allen is having with somebody (when isn't he?) and a remark that was reportedly made by Allen to the effect, "I'm coming after you and everything you own."
I'm not sure of the context or who the remark was directed toward. I know that with Jill Clark lost in lawyer loony land, Don Allen doesn't have much of a shot at hiring any attorney to come after everything anybody owns.
I am told that chair positions of major parties in Minnesota are sometimes volunteer positions. It's typically a lot of work, but the people who occupy that ethereal portion of (major) party politics usually have enough money to get by and take on a volunteer position. Former DFL chair Brian Melendez was an example.
Other times, these positions are paid positions because the person believed to be best qualified can't otherwise afford to give that much time away. I am told it's usually a flat salary and, in our state, tends to top out around $50,000.
To quote the reader/source who tipped me off to this story, "So Don Allen was asking for at least twice the going rate, plus an expense account. Can you IMAGINE Don Allen with an expense account? And he apparently can tell people will want to get rid of him because he demanded a severance package up front."
To this I say: Can I imagine Don Allen with an expense account? Well, if I imagine such a thing, the imaginary scenario involves definitely involves strippers, cocaine, and Las Vegas.
The Minnesota Progressive Project blog called the four candidates running for GOP Party Chair "a hoot" but when it came to Don Allen said only, "you gotta see this for yourself" and provided a link to (yet another) cheesy Don Allen website.