Things are not so rosy with the Minnesota GOP these days.
The group faces the very real possibility of being kicked out of its current digs in downtown St. Paul because of rusty finances. According to Politics In Minnesota, they owe $96,000 to Hub Properties Trust. A hearing has been set for May 1 in Ramsey County Housing Conciliation Court to determine the GOP’s fate.
It’s not just the rent that has tripped the group up. They have been upwards of $2 million in debt overall that they have worked toward cleaning up since getting a new chairman, Pat Shortridge, at the end of 2011.
“When I was elected on December 31, 2011, the rent had not been paid since August 2011 and as part of our continuing financial issues and our effort to re-negotiate the lease, no lease payments have been made in 2012 to date,” Shortridge said in a recent public letter, according to Talking Points Memo. [SOURCE]
Nine months is a long time to not make a rent payment! A lot of their debt is from a failed recount effort from the gubernatorial election. They lost the contest to Democrats.
The irony of the whole situation is not that they are having financial issues. Lots of people and organizations face those. For me, it’s that the party that constantly preaches fiscal restraint and responsibility (GOP) could allow this to happen. Republicans run entire campaigns on smart spending platforms. It may not work anymore in Minnesota.
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