Loudon Book Teaser: Mark Ritchie, the Secret “Communist Party Friend” Who Gave Al Franken His Senate Seat

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By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

Trevor Loudon’s upcoming book “The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress,” looks at the radical infiltration of the the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

One of the Senate’s most radical members, Minnesota’s Al Franken, won his seat after a highly controversial re-count, supervised by Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

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Mark Ritchie

It turns out that the Communist Party wanted to get Franken into office, to give the Democrats enough votes to pass “pro worker” legislation.

In an article in the Party’s People’s World, November 22, 2008, Barb Kucera wrote of the controversial Minnesota Senate election, quoting Mark Ritchie:

Whether Minnesota labor’s massive effort to mobilize members in the 2008 elections was a success will ultimately turn on the results of a recount in the U.S. Senate race, Labor 2008 coordinators say.

After all the results were turned in, Coleman led Franken by only 215 votes out of just under 3 million cast. An official recount began Nov. 18 and could take a month, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said.

Franken’s race against GOP incumbent Norman Coleman is important nationally. To get pro-worker bills through the Senate, workers and their allies need 60 votes, out of 100 senators, to cut off GOP filibusters. That includes a presumed GOP talkathon against the Employee Free Choice Act, which is designed to help level the playing field between workers and bosses in union organizing and bargaining first contracts…

Coincidentally, Mark Ritchie, the man charged with deciding an election of national significance was a secret Communist Party “friend.”

In December 1999, a Communist Party meeting was held at the MayDay Bookstore in Minneapolis, for the purpose of re-establishing the Communist Party Farm Commission.

Party members present were Erwin Marquit, Helvi savola, Jack Brown, Peter Wheeler, Morgan Soderburg, Bill Gudex, Mark Froemke, Scott Marshall, Gary Severson, Mike Madden, Becky Pera, Charlie Smith and Tim Wheeler.

Mark Ritchie also attended and addressed the meeting. In a written report on the meeting by Tim Wheeler (incidentally, the son of Soviet spy Don Wheeler), Ritchie is referred to as a “non-party friend” of the Communist Party. The report was marked “not for publication.”

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“The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress” will be officially released on August 20, 2013.

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If you’re a U.S. resident and would like to be one of the very first people on the planet to own a copy of my new book, you may pre-order through the button below.





New Zealander, Trevor Loudon, Editor of Trevorloudon.com and the author of Barack Obama and the Enemies Within, will tour his new book, The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress, across America this Fall.

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