Republicans Elect Shortridge New Party Chair [AUDIO]
ST. CLOUD - Minnesota Republicans have elected political consultant Pat Shortridge as their new state party chair.
Shortridge defeated Todd McIntyre and Terry McCall at a meeting of the party's State Central Committee in St. Cloud.
He says digging the party out of it's nearly $1.3 million debt is his first priority.
Shortridge was the only one of the three candidates that stated he would not take a salary for the position. He says he'll do it for free, part-time.
Shortridge will serve the remainder of former GOP Chair Tony Sutton's term, which expires in April 2013. Sutton resigned Dec. 2 amid internal criticism of party finances