Gary Emineth is a long-time activist in North Dakota politics, and at one point served as the chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party.

He was an outspoken supporter of Gov. Doug Burgum's 2016 campaign, but he sees problems in Burgum's decision to spend big money defeating other Republicans in primary races.

Two of Burgum's former staffers have formed a political action committee and, funded with big-money donations from Burgum and his network of supporters, are intervening in Republican legislative primaries across the state, as well as the Republican primary for the Treasurer's office.

The governor is "using his wealth as the chief executive to go after the Legislature," Emineth told me.

Emineth has filed the paperwork to form his own political action committee to try and counteract Burgum's efforts.

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