How the Ron Paul takeover could help the state GOPSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Tue, 05/22/2012 - 12:15
For all the sturm und drang over what’s going to happen to the state Republican Party with the takeover by Ron Paul supporters, there are bright spots -- depending on what kind of Republican you are.
Republicans who are worried about the party’s precarious financial position can take hope in a modicum of fundraising resurgence. A Saturday event with Paul and newly endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills netted the party at least $12,000.
Republicans who want Bills to deliver more than just pluck in his contest with Sen. Amy Klobuchar are being reassured that the new blood is paying off by way of checks. Hours after his endorsement at the state GOP convention last weekend in St. Cloud, Bills held an event with Paul that raised about $20,000 for his Senate campaign.
And there’s more where that came from, says campaign manager Mike Osskopp. “The Ron Paul organization has tons of money, and Kurt Bills is their number one focus,” he said. “We as Republicans should be damn glad they’re here” he said. “They will contribute money and they will work hard.”