The Daily Grind Video

<p>Commentary by Donald W.R. Allen, II &ndash; Political Consultant/Communications (A Black Republican for Life)</p><p>The real title of this story is:</p><h1>The Real story why Senator Norm Coleman, the MN GOP and the Republican Party of Minnesota got thrown under the &ldquo;Democratic Bus&rdquo;</h1><p>&ldquo;Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical liberal minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.&rdquo;</p><p>In July 2008, I had the pleasure of meeting the GOP endorsed Congressional candidate for Minnesota&rsquo;s 5th Congressional District. After listing to her speak and doing a little research of my own, I was hired as Communication Director for the campaign. Little did I know what was ahead of me? I went back to the office informed the staff that we will be diving head first into the political arena. I immediately developed a strategic plan and put it put into effect. (By then of course, I forgot that I was a Black man and this was the Republican Party of Minnesota.)</p><p>It was time for me to rally the troops, collaborate with the &ldquo;Party&rdquo; and bring people together in an effort to march forward supporting my congressional candidate. My first contact was with Minnesota 5th Congressional District Chairman Carleton Crawford, who I met at the Hopkins Raspberry Parade as a supporter of my candidate and a Black man&hellip;I had a whole new working respect for the &ldquo;Party.&rdquo; I introduced myself, &ldquo;Hello, I&rsquo;m Don,&rdquo; Carleton replied, &ldquo;Great meeting you, I&rsquo;m Carleton Crawford. I&rsquo;m the Chair of the 5th CD.&rdquo; It seemed like a match made in heaven, two Black men working for the Republican Party &mdash; the &ldquo;Party&rdquo; of Abraham Lincoln. This collaboration was going to be great! I had developed the ad campaign in my head regarding how the &ldquo;Party&rdquo; would build capacity by attracting new people through new ways of engagement and public relations.</p><p>My next call was to the Minnesota GOP. Excited and motivated, my intent was to&nbsp;speak to the Chairman Ron Carey to&nbsp;set up a meeting to discuss plans to promote and distribute information about my candidate. I had ideas for community forums and the&nbsp;launch of a&nbsp;&ldquo;Get Out the Vote&rdquo; party in specific areas of Minneapolis, which&nbsp;the MN GOP had&nbsp;never&nbsp;identified.</p><p>The operator said, &ldquo;Mr. Carey is a very busy man and I don&rsquo;t know if he has time to talk to you.&rdquo;<br /><br />&ldquo;Can I just set up an appointment to speak to him?&rdquo; I asked.<br /><br />&ldquo;He&rsquo;s booked until November,&rdquo; the operator remarked and hung up.<br /><br />To this day the campaign staff of my candidate received one call back from MN GOP Executive Director Darren Bearson, Chairman Ron Carey, and Communications Director Gina Countryman. No Congressional candidate in the MN GOP contributed any money towards my candidate&rsquo;s campaign; there were no indirect contributions made on behalf of my candidate by the MN GOP&hellip;Nothing.<br /><br />At that point, I knew something was wrong and that I needed to unravel whatever the problem and fix it right away. Little did I know that the &ldquo;Party&rdquo; could give a damn about the 5th Congressional District, or my candidate. Moreover, I was not aware that my candidate would receive no support from the party she represented and ultimately would have no chance of winning her campaign.<br /><br />While all this was going on inside the MN GO