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Minnesota GOP getting new digs to be ‘closer to the people’

At a meeting of the Republican Party of Minnesota’s state central committee in October, party leadership promised a new brand and a new attitude.  Implementing that agenda also involves a new location.

Chair Keith Downey said the party is finalizing a lease agreement for new office space outside of the capitol complex.  He told a group of 400 activists: “The goal is to reduce our monthly office costs by 30 percent and very importantly to move out … to an area where the state party will be closer to the people — as a visible and tangible sign that the Republican Party is focused on everyday Minnesotans and immersed in their circumstances.”

The party’s current office occupies 7,340 square feet in a building on 525 Park St. in St. Paul, from where the party was threatened with eviction in 2012 for failing to pay its rent.

Downey would not confirm the location of the new space because the final agreement is still being executed.  But it’s likely to be substantially smaller and technologically much more up to date

The new GOP digs may still not match the relative grandeur of DFL headquarters at 255 Plato Blvd. in St. Paul — a state-of-the art, million-dollar-plus property purchased by the party in 2002.

Downey said the state GOP will announced the new location and be ready to move by the end of the month.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Todd Hintz on 11/04/2013 - 02:35 pm.

    New Digs

    Translation: we’re still not pulling in the donations we need to sustain our budget, so we need to slash that budget and we’re trying to put a positive spin on the situation. They make it sound like there aren’t any people in St. Paul that they need to be close to.

    It sounds though like moving out of the current location is a good move for them technology-wise, something that’s important if they want to stay competitive in today’s world. Reading between the lines, my guess is the network capabilities of the current space was built out in the 1990s with 10/100 switches and a three meg line to the internet. Good stuff 20 years ago, but nothing you can run a modern business with. Depending on what the electrical system looks like, they could be popping circuits as they plug in more computers. And almost certainly they’re limited on where they can put computers or video conferencing equipment on where the network jacks are. And those are probably few and far between.

    Well, I wish them the best of luck. They pretty much stepped right in the center of the cow patty this past election cycle and they’re going to have a hard time connecting with voters if they don’t get their finances in order by 2016.

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