ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Republicans meet Saturday to elect a new chairman during a difficult time for the party.

Party officials say the state GOP is nearly $1.3 million in debt — and legal expenses could bring that total to $2 million.

Party Chairman Tony Sutton resigned Dec. 2 amid internal criticism of party finances. The GOP is due to elect a replacement Saturday when its Central Committee meets in St. Cloud.

Besides Sutton’s resignation, the party has been rocked in recent weeks by a scandal involving Sen. Amy Koch, who resigned as majority leader and then acknowledged an improper relationship with a male staffer.

Candidates to lead the party include political consultant Pat Shortridge, businessman Todd McIntyre and Terry McCall, the party’s 2nd District chairman. Others could emerge at Saturday’s meeting.

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Comments (6)
  1. maxey says:

    They like to sign those pledges. Included this time should be one about foolin’ around with the help.

  2. The Analyst says:

    If the Republican party would back conservatives instead of RINOs, their donations would increase.

  3. Dave Campbell says:

    Anxious to see who they choose as their new head bigot!

  4. G Dog says:

    I’m betting the GOP will chose either Tom Petters or Denny Hecker. A fitting successor to “Cheeseburger” Sutton.

    1. Jack says:

      both Petters and Hecker are demacrats, you should fact check before you try and make a lame joke.

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