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‘Pot party’ candidate says GOP operative recruited him

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif. More changes are coming to Utah's medical cannabis program bills in the state legislature, including easing patients' struggle to find doctors willing to recommend the drug. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A disabled Minnesota veteran says a Republican operative deceived him into becoming part of a GOP strategy to use pro-marijuana political parties to siphon off votes from Democratic candidates.

Kevin “NeSe” Shores told KMSP-TV he assumed the person recruiting him to run for the seat held by Democratic U.S. Rep Collin Peterson was from the Grassroots Legalize Cannabis Party. He was wrong. The station reports he was a GOP strategist, Kip Christianson, who was on the payroll of the Republican National Committee. Christianson denies misrepresenting himself.

Shores lost his primary, and Peterson lost the general election to Republican Michelle Fischbach.


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