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.

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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."


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.
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