So last week I asked what the criteria should be for the nominating committee for statewide candidates; I got an earful of interesting comments. Most seemed to agree that candidates need to meet the bare minimum requirements, and let the delegates decide.
But several commenters opined that only those agreeing to abide by the endorsement should be allowed to speak at the state convention. The idea is not without merit or precedence; my own BPOU of Steele County restricted speaking access at our convention to candidates who agreed to abide. The reason for the rule was mainly to cut down on the long list of speakers, but nonetheless it passed unanimously. And Mark Dayton famously skipped the DFL convention in 2010 because he was the lone candidate to refuse to abide by the endorsement-he mingled on the floor but did not address the convention.
So should the MNGOP state convention allow only candidates agreeing to abide by the endorsement to address the delegates?
Clarification; this is a hypothetical question, and I'm not proposing this for this year's convention. The rules committee, not nominations, has the responsibility of setting the rules of the convention.