ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party has postponed part of its 2020 virtual convention scheduled for this weekend in light of George Floyd's death on Monday, May 25.
In a Friday news release, DFL Chairman Ken Martin said postponing the convention is "the only appropriate course of action given the grief and anger gripping much of our state and nation." Floyd died Monday night after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for several minutes and Floyd said he couldn't breathe. Chauvin was arrested Friday.
After Floyd's death, thousands have protested throughout the Twin Cities — some peaceful and some resulting in stealing and arson fires. With Minnesota in unrest, Martin said, "Now is not the time for a partisan political rally."
The convention was slated to run Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon, with speaking appearances by former Vice President Joe Biden, Minnesota's Democratic Congressional delegation and more. But the party said Friday the speaking and training portions of the convention are postponed to an unspecified date.
Electronic balloting to endorse the party's U.S. Senate candidate and other party positions opened earlier this week, and the party will still announce those results after ballots have been counted, per Friday's release.
A spokesperson for the Minnesota Republican Party said Friday morning that the state GOP's virtual convention is still scheduled for Saturday morning. The party was forced to reschedule its original convention weeks ago because of technical difficulties and suspected cyberattacks.
Both parties have opted for virtual conventions in order to avoid in-person gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.