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Minnesota GOP files complaint against Senate District 9 write-in candidate Nathan Miller

The Republican Party of Minnesota filed an official complaint against state Senate District 9 write-in candidate Nathan Miller with the Office of Administrative Hearings on Oct. 14. Miller is being accused by the MN GOP of falsely representing himself as "a Republican candidate" in print materials and online. Jordan Rasmusson defeated Miller, 51.6% to 48.4%, to secure the MN GOP nomination for the race during the primary in August.

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Nathan Miller, 2022 Minnesota Senate District 9 write-in candidate
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DETROIT LAKES — The Republican Party of Minnesota filed an official complaint against Nathan Miller, write-in candidate for state Senate District 9, with the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings on Oct. 14.

In the complaint, the MN GOP accused Miller of having "knowingly made false claims stating or otherwise implying that (Miller) has the support or endorsement of the Republican Party of Minnesota."

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Miller lost the Republican primary election in August, 51.6% to 48.4%, to Jordan Rasmusson, Republican candidate for Senate District 9, and has since vowed to mount a write-in campaign for the seat due to perceived irregularities involving delegate-switching during the county caucus and district nominating process this past spring.

"There’s only one Republican candidate in this race, and it’s Jordan Rasmusson," said Nick Majerus, communications director for the MN GOP, in a news release. "Nathan Miller has been rejected by Republican voters not just once, but twice. First, he lost the endorsement to Rasmusson at the Senate District 9 Convention in April. Then, Miller lost the Republican primary in August. It’s sad that Nathan Miller cannot accept the choice of Republicans in District 9 and feels he must place his own ego ahead of the interests of voters."

Also in the complaint, the MN GOP said Miller used intentionally misleading printed material for an Oct. 15 event in Perham, which falsely stated his candidacy as "SD9 - Republican Party," and lists himself as a "Republican - Constitutionally minded Conservative running for SD 9" under his bio on his Facebook candidate page. The MN GOP further insists in the complaint that write-in candidates must have no party affiliation or designation.

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Read the MN GOP complaint against Nathan Miller in its entirety at: www.DL-Online .

In an e-mailed response to the complaint, Miller said he's a registered Republican and represented Eagle Lake Township as an official Republican delegate during the party endorsing conventions.

"This is exactly the establishment kind of tactics that turn people off from politics and being involved in their government," Miller added. "The attempt to make some form of scandal out of this is laughable at best. Instead of virtue and honor, their weapons of choice are deceit and election fraud after the caucus. This attempt to tie my campaign up in this minor complaint filed against me is an unnecessary waste of time and resources."

Miller also said he never claimed to be the "endorsed" Republican party candidate and also stated, "this majoring in the minors by the Republican Party is what will lead to a DFL win this fall."

Read Nathan Miller's response to the MN GOP in its entirety at: www.DL-Online .

Lead Multimedia Reporter for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus.
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