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Minnesota GOP included in story about mismanaged state parties

Minnesota’s GOP Party gets mentioned in a Politico story noting how national Republican leaders are intervening in some states, “seeking to head off the possibility that local mismanagement could cost the party control of Congress.”

The national leaders are particularly worried about states where there’s not much competition in the presidential race, but where House and Senate seats are at risk. These so-called “orphan states” — “most notably behemoths with traditionally weak parties like California, Illinois and New York — are increasingly the focus of top GOP officials in the nation’s capital this spring.”

But the story says the Republican have problems in other states, too:

“The Minnesota GOP is so deep in debt it has stopped paying the lease on its headquarters, the Iowa and Nevada parties are in transition after disastrous caucuses, and Ohio Republicans have been in a state of open warfare for months.

 It continues:

“No state party may be in worse shape, though, than the Minnesota GOP. Thanks to a disastrous previous regime, they had over a million dollars in debt and a negative balance in their federal account as of the end of February.

” ‘We continue to be in a very precarious working capital position,’ wrote Bron Scherer, the Secretary-Treasurer of the state party, in a March memo marked ‘Confidential, Do Not Forward.’

“In the memo to the state party executive committee, Scherer noted that ‘we are not paying our office lease rent payment currently … and have not yet negotiated long-term payment schedules and/or negotiated settlements relating to most of the vendors on the accounts payable aging.’

“New Minnesota GOP chair Pat Shortridge said his party’s finances were better than when he took over at the start of the year. “We’re making steady progress and will be an asset for our candidates in November,” Shortridge said.”

And the names Amy Koch and Michael Brodkorb don’t even come up in the story.

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Jeremy Powers on 04/09/2012 - 11:54 am.

    If Politico said they were broken, dead and ruined…

    They would have come across better than they did in that piece.

  2. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 04/09/2012 - 01:57 pm.

    What a

    Wonderful legacy. Just think what they can do to the economy.

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