Retired Lieutenant Colonel Joe Repya is announcing a run for the state Republic Party Chairman. Repya tells KNSI news the reason why he’s running is the state needs leadership and the downward trend of losing Republican seats needs to stop. Repya will make the announcement at the capital April 11th at 10 in the morning. No word if the current chair, Ron Carey will run for reelection.
It’s going to be an interesting month to be a Republican.
I personally have no dog in the race for state GOP chair. I worked for one of Ron Eibensteiner’s companies when this blog started (not, I should note, a successful company, although its certainly wasn’t Eibensteiner’s fault), and always admired him. I thought he deserved better than the party gave him after the ’04 election. Current chair Ron Carey excites strong emotions in some, but also has eloquent defenders.
I think fate dealt Carey lemons, to an extent – it was a lousy cycle even for great Republicans with long track records (see Phil Krinkie); the 2006 cycle was a “test of leadership” in the same way that the sinking of the Titanic was a “test of seamanship”; it was hard to make much of a positive showing. That being said, Minnesota Republicans needn’t have suffered that bad a debacle, either.
And of course I admire Colonel Repya.
I haven’t made up my mind yet.