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GOP governor candidate demands MNsure chief resign

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Republican candidate for governor says the executive director of Minnesota's health insurance exchange should resign.

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Businessman Scott Honour is among a handful of Republicans seeking to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton next year. He issued a news release Monday saying April Todd-Malmlov, the executive director of MNsure, should step down after facing criticism for a recent vacation despite ongoing problems with the insurance enrollment process.

Todd-Malmlov did not immediately respond to a request for comment made through a MNsure spokesman.

Democrat Dayton has defended Todd-Malmlov's vacation in late November. But the Democratic governor also calls MNsure's problems with data and helpline wait-times unacceptable, and says they must be resolved soon.

Dayton does not have direct authority to remove MNsure executives. MNsure's board of directors meets on Wednesday.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. 

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