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June 4, 2007 Debra Repya
“GOP Joe” Encourages Republicans to Focus on Leadership to Rebuild the Minnesota GOP
Says Next Weeks State Central Committee Meeting is Important for Delegates to Choose a New Path for Success in 2008
“GOP Joe” Repya, candidate for Republican Party Chairman, today released the following statement:
“As Republicans, we must focus on rebuilding the Minnesota Republican Party to ensure that we are on a Road to Victory in 2008. I entered this race because I believe that leadership matters and strong effective leadership will be the difference maker in close races for our candidates. I am deeply concerned to have learned about the accusations against my opponent that were recently published regarding the internal complaints from Minnesota GOP Party Staff. I wish Ron Carey and his family all the best, but believe that in order for the Minnesota GOP to be successful in 2008, that it is time for change. This Saturday the delegates will decide which candidate will best motivate the grassroots effort and demonstrate the leadership we need to get back on the Road to Victory in 2008. I welcome this opportunity and would be honored to serve as the next Chairman of the Minnesota Republican Party.”
“GOP Joe” Repya is a candidate for Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota.
LTC Repya (US Army - Retired) served in the United States Army for 30 years and has been a leading activist in the Minnesota Republican Party. In 2003 Joe and his wife Debra launched the Support Our Troops grassroots lawn sign campaign. In ten short weeks, Joe, his wife and a dedicated team of dozens of statewide volunteers distributed 30,000 lawn signs and rallied 20,000 people at the State Capitol.
At the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York, Joe had the honor of opening the convention’s first night session by leading the national delegates in the Pledge of Allegiance. Joe also served as the Minnesota Co-Chairman for Veterans for Bush-Cheney 2004.
Joe, already a veteran of Vietnam and Desert Storm, returned to active Army duty in 2004—at the young age of 58—and served in Iraq in 2005 with the Screaming Eagles of 101st Airborne Division. Upon returning in October 2006, Joe volunteered and traveled all over Minnesota to help Governor Tim Pawlenty win his reelection.