ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Clay County GOP suspends weekend convention after venue cancels over erratic behavior of ousted chairman

The Minnesota Republican Party announced cancellation of the county's convention amid allegations of threats by ousted chair, Edwin Hahn.

Hahn Edwin
Edwin Hahn.
Submitted photo
We are part of The Trust Project.

MOORHEAD — A weekend convention planned by Clay County Republicans has been canceled amid allegations of threats by the organization's ousted former chairperson.

The Minnesota Republican Party and Clay County Republicans made the announcement in a Friday, March 25, news release, saying the planned convention venue backed out due to Edwin Hahn's "erratic behavior."

The event to elect delegates to future conventions was supposed to take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 26, at the Minnesota National Guard Armory in Moorhead.

The Forum reported Thursday that security would be in place at the Armory “to ensure a peaceful, productive convention.”

Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman David Hann said Hahn was duly removed from his position as chair by the county organization's executive committee March 8 due to "irrational and unprofessional public conduct."

ADVERTISEMENT

Since then, Hahn has repeatedly and falsely presented himself as a party officer and made unfounded allegations and threats against local and state party leaders, including a promise to inflict “unrestrained retaliation upon their most vulnerable points of pain,” Hann said.

The Forum reported the Minnesota GOP sent a cease-and-desist letter to Hahn last week, saying he must immediately stop representing himself as the Clay County Republicans chair or face legal action.

Hahn previously described the effort to remove him as chair as an "attempted coup d’etat" by "rogue directors."

Repeated attempts by The Forum for comment from Hahn have gone unanswered.

Newly elected chair Rodney Johnson said it's unfortunate that Hahn's behavior has cost the organization the opportunity to hold a convention.

"Clay County Republicans deserve better and we condemn his behavior," Johnson said.

Because the convention is canceled, Clay County Republicans will not be able to elect new delegates and alternates to Congressional District and State Conventions, Hann said, so those delegates and alternates elected in 2020 will continue to serve until their next convention.

Huebner is a 35+ year veteran of broadcast and print journalism in Fargo-Moorhead.
What to read next
Bill Bergquist died at the age of 64 from Alzheimer's dementia complications. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m.
“I don’t like it. It’s not right,” World War II veteran Vern Otterson said. “We were fighting against the Nazis. They were horrible. Why should anyone be running around selling Nazi stuff?”
Resilient Moorhead was awarded the MoorHeart at the Moorhead City Council meeting on Aug. 8. The award is given to those who go above and beyond in the Moorhead community.
Registration is still open. Many of those registering to run for Moorhead School Board are focused on teacher and staff shortage issues.