DFL rejects Roche challenge

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August 13, 2002 // UPDATED 1:29 pm - April 30, 2007
By: Kevin Featherly
Kevin Featherly

A DFL state Senate candidate's bid to overturn his opponent's party endorsement was rejected unanimously Aug. 17 by a state DFL committee.

Members of the DFL's Constitution and Bylaws Commission voted 13-0 to reject the argument of Rick Roche that Rep. Scott Dibble's Senate District 60 endorsement should be nullified because Dibble is a member of another political party, Progressive Minnesota.

Dibble is a Progressive Minnesota board member and a state representative looking to make the switch to the Senate.

He and Roche will vie in the Sept. 10 DFL primary to represent the party in the Nov. 5 general election. District 60 includes Downtown south of 7th Street.

Progressive Minnesota executive chairman Dan McGrath said that the DFL committee found that while PM once functioned as a political party, it no longer does.

"All we really had to say was, 'Here are two letters from the Secretary of State saying we're not a party,' and 'Here are our organizational bylaws and our articles of incorporation saying we have no intention of being a party, ever,'" McGrath said. "In the end, I think that's all they needed to hear."

Roche said on Aug. 20 he continues to "respectfully disagree" with the party's decision, but he will not appeal to the DFL's executive committee.