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Minnesota hate group leader Bradlee Dean sued Rachel Maddow last year after Maddow quoted Dean verbatim seeming to express support for countries that execute gay people. Maddow successfully called for the silly complaint to be dismissed, and a judge agreed, ordering Dean to also cover Maddow’s legal fees. He requested a stay on that punishment, and yesterday it was denied. He now must pay Maddow $24,625.23 before November 13 or he could be held in contempt of court.

At issue are comments Dean made on his own radio show last spring:

"Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America. This just shows you they themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible of the Judeo-Christian God, but they seem to be more moral than even the American Christians do, because these people are livid about enforcing their laws. They know homosexuality is an abomination … If America won’t enforce the laws, God will raise up a foreign enemy to do just that."

Maddow, the lawsuit says, took those comments and ran with them, claiming that Dean was essentially advocating killing homosexuals. Dean has issued a statement declaring his firm opposition to violence toward gays.

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And since Dean has been linked to Rep. Michele Bachmann — the two have appeared at fundraisers together — Klayman claims MSNBC and Maddow are trying to sabotage Bachmann’s presidential campaign, by way of Dean.


Organizers for the Freedom Jamboree, billed as the national tea party straw poll convention, announced on Wednesday that the event has been canceled due to low attendance. The conference had pulled in two of Minnesota most controversial figures, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and rightwing preacher Bradlee Dean. It was also being organized by Iowa’s Bob Vander Plaats, whose organization, The Family Leader, sparked an uproar in the state after it released a presidential pledge on marriage.

“Everything was set up,” said William Temple, one of the organizers, told the Kansas City Star. “It was just the tea parties themselves weren’t prepared to spend the money to travel and bring their families.”

Roll Call notes that the organizers also had subpar fundraising in addition to low attendance, and it’s the second tea party convention in two years to be canceled because of low attendance.

Along with Bachmann and Dean, presidential candidate Rick Santorum had also accepted an invitation to the jamboree, which was scheduled for the last weekend in September.

Organizers said on Wednesday that they might hold a virtual tea party straw poll.

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