Minnesota Republicans have elected former state representative Keith Downey as their new chairman.
The party's central committee met yesterday in Bloomington, Minn. Downey won the chairman's race on the first ballot over challengers Bill Paulsen, Bonn Clayton and Don Allen. The MN Republican party still owes about $1.7 million and has to pay out at least $30,000 a month to service its debt, but unlike two years ago, it has a payment plan set up with creditors.
Downey openly recognized the disputes that continue to divide the party and will work to settle those disagreements. Downey won 228 of the possible 344 delegate votes.
Jeff Passolt will reveal more about Downey's plans for the Republican Party.