Keith Downey says he plans to run for re-election as chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota.
The Republican party county chair who came under fire for comments about Muslims on his Facebook page has resigned. Big Stone County GOP Chair Jack Whitley called Muslims “parasites” and wrote “FRAG ‘EM!” when they travel to Mecca, slang for a fragmentation hand grenade. Those comments were condemned by Muslim community leaders and GOP party Chairman Keith Downey.
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.
The sudden announcement by GOP Chair Tony Sutton that he is resigning sheds light on the embarrassing financial picture of the party.
On Monday, Republicans sent out a fundraising letter questioning whether the election was fair and unbiased. It’s repeating claims made by the party chairman that something doesn’t smell right.