Associated Press, Published January 19 2013
Democrats endorse Dorsher at closed conventionDemocrats endorse Dorsher at closed convention
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Democrats have endorsed Joanne Dorsher for the vacated House District 14A seat at a convention that was closed to the public.
A St. Cloud Times reporter tried to enter the convention Saturday at St. Cloud Public Library and Dorsher's campaign manager, Doug Clark, asked him to leave.
Clark told the paper (http://on.sctimes.com/11GYZzl) he decided to make the highly unusual move of closing the convention because they were worried about a “Republican tracker.” Trackers are operatives from an opposing party who follow candidates with recording devices in hopes of recording a gaffe.
Dorsher was the only DFL candidate who filed to run in the Feb. 12 special election. Tama Theis is the Republican candidate and Todd McKee is the Independence Party candidate.