Republican Delegates elect Pat Shortridge MNGOP Chair

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Republican delegates elected political consultant Pat Shortridge as the next party chair of the Minnesota Republican Party. Shortridge won on the first ballot, receiving 66 percent of the vote. He defeated Second Congressional District Chair Terry McCall and businessman Todd McIntyre.

Shortridge will have some heavy lifting to do. He’ll be expected to eliminate a party debt that could be as high as $2 million at a time when lower level contributions are down. Republicans are also heading into the 2012 election without a top tier U.S. Senate candidate to challenge DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

During his speech to delegates, Shortridge said he’s optimistic the party will reverse its recent shortcomings.

“We have some management and structural and organizational issues that we can fix and fix them we will,” Shortridge said. “Starting this afternoon and for the next ten months and the next ten years so we grow this party to be the long-term governing majority in Minnesota.”

Shortridge has not specifically addressed how he would fix the party’s debt. He said, however, that he would focus on identifying key Republican voters, improve the party’s message and improve party research for candidates.

“We have to get back to the blocking and tackling that make us so successful and lets our guys win at the polls,” Shortridge said.

Shortridge also said his top priorities are protecting Republican control of the Minnesota Legislature and protecting the four Republican incumbents in the U.S. House.

  • aleks

    Shortridge also said his top priorities are protecting Republican control of the Minnesota Legislature and protecting the four Republican incumbents in the U.S. House.

    They still haven’t found a soul to run against Amy? Maybe Bachmann will do it if she doesn’t win the presidential nomination.

  • Chris

    Mark Kennedy’s campaign manager is now running the GOP. And Brodkorb was one of Kennedy’s consultants. You’d think the fact that their candidate lost the election by 20 points despite having campaigned across the state for four years and outspent their opponent might cause some activists to question their competence. But I guess these guys’ certainty in their own rightness and overcompensating tough-guy personas just screamed “leadership qualities” to the delegates.

  • John P II

    Don’t forget Enron’s conduit to the White House near the end. Yay for blocking and tackling! Should be entertaining.

    Tom – appreciate the fast work but think there are a few missing words in the above – 5th paragraph, first sentence – missing a “not”? And the second Shortridge quote -“win at the polls maybe?

  • Alec

    I would hope the first question this guy is asked is how Enron’s lead lobbyist has any credibility when it comes to financial scandals.

    When your books are out of order you go and hire the mouth piece for the biggest crooks of the previous decade?

  • Joe Repya

    Although I wish Pat Shortridge luck he may find fund raising much harder if he fails to have an open external forensic audit of the MNGOP books dating back to 2008. Even party insiders say there are those within the executive board that want to cover up the true financial picture. That would be suicide. The people of Minnesota are watching to see if the new leadership can be trusted!