Osskopp no longer candidate for state GOP chair

Former state Rep. Mike Osskopp announced today that he is no longer running for state chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota.

Osskopp told MPR News that he decided to drop out after Pat Shortridge formally announced his candidacy for party chair. Osskopp, who entered the race late last week, said he will now support Shortridge in the election, which is scheduled for Dec. 31 in St. Cloud.

“I’ve always thought that he was a good man for this job,” Osskopp said. “Now that he’s in the race, I’m going to step aside and help Pat in any way I can.”

Todd McIntyre is also running for party chair.

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