The proposed 2012 budget for the state Republican party contains no funding for the deputy chair or executive director positions, according to an email sent out on Tuesday by eight members of the party’s executive committee. The email was sent out to the party’s roughly 350 state central delegates, who will gather on December 3 to elect a new deputy chair and approve the budget.
Here’s the entirety of the email:
State Central Delegates:
As members of the Executive Committee we wish to bring to your attention one budget-related matter prior to next week’s State Central Committee meeting.
Due to the current fundraising environment, please be aware that the proposed 2012 budget is very tight. Among other things, the Executive Committee has made no provision for a Deputy Chair salary. Only modest expense reimbursements are included in the budget relating to the Deputy Chair position. Additionally, the budget eliminates other staff positions like the Executive Director and several field staffers.
If the newly elected Deputy Chair desires a salary we trust this will be fully disclosed to the State Central Committee prior to the election. However, unless the State Central Committee specifically votes to authorize a salary to be paid to the Deputy Chair, we would not intend to make this position a salaried position absent a substantial change in our financial position.
The email follows a dust-up between GOP chair Tony Sutton and Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tom Scheck. Scheck reported on Monday, via Twitter, that executive director Ryan Griffin was no longer employed by the state party and cited confirmation by GOP spokeswoman Heather Rubash. Sutton directly refuted that assertion. “When Ryan leaves the Party we will let you know,” he wrote on his Twitter account. Scheck later clarified that Griffin will no longer be on the payroll come January.
The deputy chair post is open following the resignation of Michael Brodkorb. He stepped down to the work on the congressional campaign of Sen. Mike Parry, who is seeking the GOP nomination to take on U.S. Rep. Tim Walz. Kelly Fenton is widely expected to win the deputy chair contest.
The state party’s most recent fundraising report shows that it has more than $500,000 in debt and cash on hand of negative $120,000.