State GOP To Select New Chair 30 Dec 11

Minnesota Republican Party officials will be discussing the party’s finances as delegates meet to elect a new chairman on Saturday. The state GOP’s financial picture isn’t good, but it’s not clear just how bad it is. Estimates of the party’s debt have ranged from $500,000 to as much as $1.2 million. That debt is seen as one reason the party is choosing a new chairman. The last one, Tony Sutton, resigned in early December. Sutton has blamed much of the debt on legal costs associated with a recount of the 2010 governor’s race. A new chairman will be chosen on Saturday in St. Cloud.