After Tony Sutton’s surprise resignation as Minnesota’s GOP Party chair over the weekend, some wondered if Marty Seifert might make a good replacement.
Not going to happen, said Seifert, who lost the party’s 2010 gubernatorial endorsement to eventual loser Tom Emmer. Seifert, a former state House member who was minority leader back when the GOP was in the minority, is now executive director of the Avera Marshall Foundation in Marshall.
And he wasn’t just being coy about not wanting to replace Sutton. He told the Marshall Independent:
“I don’t have any interest in doing the job; I’ve had people ask me about it since he resigned, but I have zero interest in the position. I’m extremely happy with where I’m at and I relayed that message to them.”
The party is in deep debt, as it looks ahead to protecting its newly-won majorities in the state House and Senate in next year’s election. Said Seifert:
“It’s an enormous amount of money to pay back, and all the legislative seats will be on the ballot next year, so it’s an important year.”
And he said it’s better for Sutton to leave now, rather than later, so a new chair can get the party back on track before the 2012 elections.