St. Cloud – The Republican Party of Minnesota issued the following statement congratulating newly elected State Party Chairman, Pat Shortridge. Shortridge was elected at today’s State Central Committee meeting for the Republican Party of Minnesota with 224 votes.

“I am thankful to the delegates of the Republican Party of Minnesota State Central Committee for electing me to serve as Chairman of the State Party. I look forward to working with Deputy Chair Kelly Fenton, the staff, and activists to reorganize and reenergize our Party for the upcoming 2012 elections. Kelly has taken key steps during this past month to get our party back on track and we will continue to take crucial steps on the path to moving forward. We are truly a grassroots Party and together we can maintain our majorities in the Minnesota State House and Senate, unseat Amy Klobuchar, maintain our four Republican seats in Congress and send another Republican Congressman to Washington,” said newly elected Chairman Shortridge.

Shortridge will serve the remainder of former Chairman Tony Sutton’s term, which expires in April 2013.

“We are so thankful to the many people who have considered running for State Party Chair and who desire to work for our Party and move us forward. I want to congratulate Pat Shortridge on his election to serve as MNGOP Chair and I look forward to working with him as we rebuild our Party from the ground up. Pat’s experience will be critical in getting us back on track, paying down the debt and winning elections in 2012,” said MNGOP Deputy Chair Kelly Fenton.

3 Responses to “MNGOP statement on Shortridge election as state party chair”

  • eric z. says:

    Wholly off point, and without apology, Gary, have a very happy new year. So happy that you have few to no vexations to blog about. Who’s going to run against Amy K.? A big surprise, or a sacrificial lamb? Bachmann?

  • Gary Gross says:

    Think not-so-big-surprise but it won’t be a sacrificial lamb type.

  • walter hanson says:


    The candidate won’t be a lamb. It will be our next US Senator since Amy K ran in 2006 as going to get the budget under control. Um in 2006 it was $200 billion and was out of control according to Amy. Now it’s over $1.3 trillion.

    That means as long as the party has their act together we elect the winning senator. After all Al Franken who isn’t as qualifed as any Republican candidate in 2012 won.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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