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Diana Longrie, the controversial mayor of Maplewood, Minnesota, has filed to run against a sitting incumbent House member of her own party. This, despite the fact that incumbent state Rep. Leon Lillie received the Democratic endorsement at a party caucus last month that Longrie failed to attend.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press offers background as to why Longrie's surprise announcement is eliciting no cheers:
Shortly after her 2005 election, Longrie and the City Council ousted the city manager and replaced him with Greg Copeland, a friend of hers. Copeland was the center of a 2006 controversy in which several top city officials left, were fired or had their positions cut, prompting lawsuits against the city. He was fired in January, followed by revelations of chaotic city finances.
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