New State GOP Head Chosen Today 06 Apr 13

Minnesota Republicans meet in Bloomington today (SAT) to elect a new state party chair to succeed Pat Shortridge. Former state Representative Keith Downey is the likely front-runner, being challenged by engineer Bill Paulsen, Carver County activist Bonn Clayton and Minneapolis activist Don Allen. Political analysts say that the next state GOP chair has his work cut out for him because the party is in debt, having problems recruiting candidates for top statewide offices, and has a lot of catch-up to do to regain control of the state House or Senate.