GOP consulting giant Ed Rollins joins fight to oust Minn. DFLers

Political operative Ed Rollins has joined the board of A Stronger Minnesota, a new independent spending group created to get Republican majorities elected to the Legislature, the Star Tribune reports.
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Andy Parrish launched the group A Stronger Minnesota a few weeks ago to help assure the Republican Party keeps its hold on the Minnesota Legislature. Now he's hired a big gun to help him do it – high-powered consultant Ed Rollins, who has worked for President Ronald Reagan and once led the National Republican Congressional Committee, among other jobs, the Star Tribune reports.

Parrish worked with Rollins when he was a top adviser to Michele Bachmann on her presidential campaign. Rollins later had harsh words for the congresswoman.

Democrats have criticized Rollins for dirty politics. He once helped orchestrate payments to black ministers and Democratic Party workers in exchange for promises not to rally votes for a Democratic gubernatorial candidate in New Jersey.

A Stronger Minnesota is viewed as the GOP's answer to Alliance for a Better Minnesota, which is leading a campaign to win back a Democratic majority in the Legislature.

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