ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Veteran political consultant Pat Shortridge says he will run to be chairman the Minnesota Republican Party while former state representative Mike Osskopp is dropping out of the race.

Osskopp says Thursday he will support Shortridge’s bid. Shortridge has worked for numerous Republican campaigns around the country in recent years. He served as chief of staff to former Minnesota U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy and managed his unsuccessful 2006 U.S. Senate run.

The new GOP chairman will take the reins of a party seeking to erase hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.

Businessman and political unknown Todd McIntyre is also seeking the post, and acting chairwoman Kelly Fenton says she hasn’t ruled out seeking it permanently. GOP activists meet in St. Cloud on Dec. 31 to choose their new leader.

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Comments (7)
  1. Dale Gribble says:

    Which one will support US sovreignity? Which one is the best Christian? Which one will be strongest in supporting the rights of White Americans and job-creators? Which one will stand up to the tyranny of Barak Hussein Osama and defeat the forces of the atheist socialist DFL? Which one will stem the tide of perversion in our public schools? He is the man I want.

    1. Murph says:

      Sorry Gribble Gop’ers haven’t learned how to walk on two legs yet! They just crawl toward the big money people and lick their wing tips! As for insignificants like you and me? Those 800 REX 84 concentration camps loom larger with every buck they gain and we lose! You will wake up way too late to save yourself if they win! Hope you like tattoo’s!

    2. W. Cronkite says:

      Dale Gribble is not real. He’s a straw man used by the left to make Republicans look bad. Dirty stuff.

      1. jimmy says:

        Republicans don’t need anyone to make them look bad.

  2. wayne says:

    Odd, fenton promised the nominating committee she had NO intention of seeking the chair position. She told me the same thing to my face.
    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

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