The loss of leadership at MNGOP

Hosted By: Max Nesterak - August 27, 2021


Former Minnesota Republican Party chair Jennifer Carnahan looks on during the national anthem during a rally for President Donald Trump at the Bemidji Regional Airport on September 18, 2020 in Bemidji, Minnesota. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

The Minnesota Republican Party needs a new leader. But it’s a job few people want.

The federal indictment of a major Minnesota GOP donor on charges of sex trafficking minors set in motion a series of events that led to the ouster of party chair Jennifer Carnahan. The crisis in leadership comes on top of persistent financial troubles and a 15-year losing streak in statewide elections.

Reformer reporter Ricardo Lopez explains how Carnahan lost her grip on power and what’s next for the Minnesota Republican Party.


Ricardo Lopez

Minnesota Reformer

Ricardo Lopez is the senior political reporter for Minnesota Reformer.