Former Dick Armey Aide Heading Minn. GOP

Monday, 09 Jan 2012 12:21 PM

By Greg McDonald

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Pat Shortridge, a Republican political pro who used to work for former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, has been chosen as the new chairman of the Minnesota Republican Party, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The 44-year-old, who hails from Winona, Minn., is inheriting a state political operation that’s nearly $2 million in debt and facing plenty of other problems as it prepares for this year’s fall elections.
 
But none of that seems to concern Shortridge, who was involved in both the tea party revolution of 2010 and the Republican retaking of the U.S. House in 1994. He told the Star Tribune that elections are won on ideas and that no matter how broke the party is, it will still be able to get its message across to voters.
 
He should be good at that, Armey told the Star Tribune, relating how as a legislative aide Shortridge helped him keep the GOP House majority in line.
“I used to call him my ‘intrigue L.A.,’ in a good way,” Armey told the newspaper. “Pat was the guy that kept track of all that stuff. There was always someone scheming. . . . He’s savvy about the way politicians behave and misbehave.”
 
Armey described his former aide as “a decent man” who worked “in a venue where a decent man is hard to come by.”

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