Friday, David Sturrock, the Secretary-Treasurer of the Republican Party of Minnesota, resigned. Here’s his resignation letter:

December 30, 2011

Dear Republican Friend:

I am writing to inform you I will be resigning as Secretary-Treasurer of the Republican Party of Minnesota, effective upon the selection of my successor or January 19th, whichever occurs first.

The first and biggest job facing our new Chairman and Deputy Chair is to regain the confidence of activists, donors and voters in our ability to manage party finances. To that end, I can offer continuity, experience and institutional memory, but our constituencies will be more interested in clear signs of rebuilding and renewal. A new Secretary-Treasurer will send a powerful message that such change is underway.

Given the work we face, the party would do well to have a Secretary-Treasurer who can be present at key meetings, especially those called on short notice. This is a tall order when one lives 160 miles from RPM headquarters. Also, we would benefit from having someone with significant financial management experience. My departure will create the opportunity for such new leaders to emerge.

If future Secretary-Treasurers are to be meaningful assets to the Republican Party, they will need to be informed more fully, and consulted more frequently, than has the been case over the past few administrations. In particular, they need to know when the party is entering into major financial commitments. For example, I was neither consulted nor informed about the attorneys regarding 2010 recount costs.

Also, the unreported obligations indentified by the current financial review were not known to me. If this resignation ensures that future Secretary-Treasurers receive the access and authority their position merits, then my departure will be a sacrifice happily borne.

A final thought: Never forget you are leaders in the Republican Party. Among other things, leadership means respect, courtesy, and self-restraint. Before you fire off a barbed e-mail or Facebook post, send a snarky tweet, leak a wild, unconfirmed rumor to the press, or phone in your fury to a late-night radio show, ask yourself: “Will this help build my party? Will it advance the conservative agenda?” If the answers are no, stop there. If it feels good, don’t do it.

Thank you for the honor of serving as your Secretary-Treasurer. I am grateful for the chance to be part of our many recent accomplishments. Rest assured I will always be ready to answer the bell and help elect Republicans who will bring strong, principled conservative leadership to a state and country which deeply need them.


David E. Sturrock

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3 Responses to “Sturrock’s resignation letter”

  • eric z. says:

    It appears as if the bylaws of MnGOP need to be revised to where no binding contract, even by brief single paragraph letter agreement, can be entered into without being cosigned by chairman and treasurer. Signatures by fax or email allow prompt action, and nothing is so prompt that it cannot await contact between two persons.

    Second helpful thought from outside the tent, the one item for MnGOP to not scrimp on but to buy in sufficient quantity short-term and mid-term, is red ink.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Within the next month, I predict that Pat Shortridge will eliminate some people’s sacred cows. The great thing about Pa is that this isn’t his lifelong goal. He’s here for one reason: to clean up the mess, put the MNGOP back on the right track & raise lots of money.

    I have confidence in his abilities to get that accomplished. He’s a sharp man who doesn’t have to worry about re-election. He’s comfortable with appealing to donors, too.

  • LadyLogician says:

    One thing that has not been hammered by many (except maybe Mitch over at Shot In The Dark) is that the State Central Committee has got to be more than a rubber stamp AND there obviously needs to be some checks on the chair. The fact that the Chair was able to saddle the RPM with debts (in the form of attorney’s fees) without ANY ONE KNOWING (like your freaking treasurer for example) is just astonishing!


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