McCall running for MNGOP Chair

Terry McCall, the Republican Party of Minnesota’s 2nd District Congressional Chair, is getting into the race to replace Tony Sutton as chair of the Minnesota Republican Party. McCall issued a statement on Facebook tonight saying he’s the best person to bring the party together after Sutton abruptly quit his post earlier this month.

“This is a critical time for our party,” McCall said in the statement. “We have the opportunity to renew a great brand.”

McCall said his goal in 2012 is to maintain the majority in the Minnesota House and Senate and elect a Republican President in 2012.

Political consultant Pat Shortridge and Todd McIntyre are also running for the position. Shortridge, who confirmed to MPR News that he’s running for the post, didn’t return repeated calls to discuss his candidacy. The conservative blog, True North, has more about McIntyre’s candidacy and Shortridge’s campaign.

Whoever is elected chair of the party will have some work to do. The Republican Party of Minnesota is more than $600,000 in debt and doesn’t have a top tier candidate to challenge DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

MPR examined the problems facing the MNGOP in this story.