For those of you who are looking for a compelling story this morning, Sanu Patel-Zellinger’s bio is interesting reading. I’d recommend that everyone become familiar with it.

My name is Sanu Patel-Zellinger. I was born in India and grew up in Kathmandu (Nepal), before coming to the US in 1991. I paid my way through college and earned my degree in Business from Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota in 1997.

Shortly after, I received my US citizenship in 1998. I was as proud as could be. I married my husband Fred Zellinger at Grace Church (Eden Prairie) in 2000. Both of Fred’s parents were teachers, and his father taught for over 35 years and currently live in Wisconsin.

That alone made the reading worthwhile. Here’s more information that made it that much more compelling:

My parents are now retired and live in Lakeville, where the whole family enjoys gathering often at their house. My grandparents (now passed away) were active in fighting for India’s freedom in the 1940’s, and my grandfather was also the president of the Bhartiya Janata Party (loose translation is the “People’s Party”, one of the main political parties in India, with values similar Conservative values) during the 1970’s and early 1980’s until he passed away.

Clearly, Ms. Patel-Zellinger and her family values liberty, which is the best starting point for legislation. If legislation doesn’t make us more prosperous, more safe or more free, then it’s legislation that shouldn’t be a high priority. Someone with Ms. Patel-Zellinger’s upbringing is likely to have the right priorities.

Follow this link if you’d like to contribute to Ms. Patel-Zellinger’s victory this November.

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13 Responses to “Looking For a Compelling Story? Here’s One”

  • Gregg Peppin says:

    Sanu Patel-Zellinger is a true American success story and an inspiration to everyone that the American dream is alive and well. She’s a smart, articulate, liberty-loving conservative with a great shot to beat tax-raiser Ann Lenczewski!

  • Gary Gross says:

    Thanks Greg. I knew there was a good reason why I liked her from the outset.

  • Lata Patel says:

    Sanu is focused,determined and a born leader. I strongly believe that she will deliver with her quality and strength of values.

  • Harry says:

    I met Sanu at the SD 40 convention, and she struck me as well-spoken, hard-working, and a principled conservative. She will be a great candidate.

  • Carole and Laddie Zellinger says:

    This is not a “mother-in-law” joke, it is 100% the reverse. Sanu’s
    mother-in-law, Carole Zellinger, a retired teacher who raised seven children, is 110% supportive of Sanu. Carole and Laddie Zellinger have been very involved for over 50 years in Wisconsin government and politics. They very personally know Sanu’s background and beliefs. The depth of Carole’s support for Sanu? When Laddie suggested a donation to Sanu’s campaign, Carole said she
    had been thinking of an amount 10 times higher! What a mother-in-law!

  • Suresh Patel says:

    Sanu is an honorable,determined young lady. I WISH HER SUCCESS.

  • Re: ‘[M]y grandfather was also the president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (loose translation is the “People’s Party”, one of the main political parties in India, with values similar Conservative values) during the early 1980’s until he passed away.’

    The president of the BJP from 1980 to 1986 was Atal Bihari Vajpayee.


    Ergo: Sanu Patel-Zellinger seems to be claiming that Atal Bihari Vajpayee is her grandfather.

    An oddity: Vajpayee isn’t dead:

  • Fred Zellinger says:


    Thank you for reviewing the information. Sanu’s deceased grandfather was a state party leader in India, and is not Atal Bihari Vajpayee who was the national leader as you assumed.

  • I see Sanu has updated her website, removing the error to which my comment called attention.

    What is the correct name of Sanu Patel-Zellinger’s deceased grandfather? In which Indian state did he live?

    I’m curious because Sanu explicitly affirms her belief that the BJP is an admirable party, similar–in her view–to the GOP. (This is the first time I’ve heard anyone praise the GOP by comparing it to a hard-line Hindu nationalist political party.)

  • Nancy Zellinger says:

    Go Sanu! I believe she will add a breath of fresh air to Minnesota politics. She is genuine, entertaining, and determined. I call her my sister-in-law, but I love her like a sister. She has added a spark to the Zellinger family. I am so thankful my brother married such a good woman.

  • Vicki says:

    Sanu would make an excellent state representative. She would represent pro-family, conservative fiscal values with energy and determination.

  • The real thing to focus on when it comes to Sanu’s background, I feel, is not the tiny details of a referenced political party, but the fact that she came from a family where all of the kids wanted more than anything to come to this country for its liberty and opportunities. I wholeheartedly support her because what we really need right now is a candidate that genuinely respects and appreciates what this nation was founded on. We need someone who will toil to preserve the best parts of this incredible nation for the following generations. And in my opinion, Sanu fulfills and surpasses that standard. She will use her business intelligence, her diverse perspective and her experience as hard-working member of the community to serve us, rather than the usual crafty manipulations of our more politicized current representatives.

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