MPR News: Outside groups take over where Minn. GOP falls short
Tom Scheck, MPR News
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Republicans will gather Saturday morning in Bloomington to elect a new party chair. The person selected will lead an organization that is deep in debt and facing uncertainty about its future.
Meanwhile several outside groups have formed to start on work that has traditionally been done by the party.
Over the past month, the group Americans for Prosperity-Minnesota mailed out campaign literature criticizing Democrats and even one Republican legislator for supporting tax increases. Americans for Prosperity-Minnesota is focused on building grassroots support for conservative causes, said John Cooney, the group’s director.
“Truly it doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or a Democrat. If you’re pushing bad bills, we’re going to point it out,” Cooney said. “We’re going to explain why we don’t believe it’s a good bill and let our activists decide if they want to get behind that issue or not.”
In some instances, Americans for Prosperity-Minnesota has spent money to help fiscally conservative candidates win GOP primary battles. He said it is possible the group will get involved if there is a primary battle for statewide office next year.