Q&A with Newly-Elected Minnesota GOP President David Hann


Controversy rocked the Minnesota GOP this summer when top donor Tony Lazzaro was arrested for child sex trafficking. Then came allegations within the party that harassment and verbal abuse were common. President Jennifer Carnahan has denied knowing – but was forced to leave in August.

Now Republicans have elected his replacement – former Senate GOP leader David Hann – the man Carnahan defeated to become president four years ago.

FOX 9’s Theo Keith sat down with Hann to talk about the party’s plans for 2022 and how he will rebuild the party after Carnahan’s forced resignation.

“It’s certainly never good when you have a party president who leaves in the middle of a term for controversial reasons – which, in this case, I think it’s fair to say. always a disruption, ”Hann said. “But the party itself is very optimistic and very strong, and that’s something I discovered while campaigning for the leadership role.”

Theo Keith: Republicans haven’t won statewide in a decade and a half. To do this, they will need enthusiasm and money. It is the job of the party chairman to raise this money. What is your plan to straighten out the party’s finances?

David Hann: When there’s a disruption and a change of direction, there’s always a bit of a wait and see what’s going to happen. But I am an entity known to donors. They know who I am. They know how I operate. We will therefore rebuild trust and confidence in donors. We are not broke. We have no debt.

TK: In 2020, Republicans lost an election that many on the base still say was stolen – despite no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Do you believe it was stolen?

DH: Well, I don’t think there is any question that Joe Biden wore Minnesota. There are concerns about the integrity of elections, but I think these are concerns that are widely shared and should be of concern to everyone, Republican or Democrat.

Our goal is to move forward to make sure the process runs fairly and to do everything we can to restore voter confidence in the process.

TK: What do you think is the winning message for Republicans?

HP: Well, a lot of that will be defined by the candidates.

FOX 9’s Theo Keith spoke with newly-elected Minnesota GOP Chairman David Hann to discuss his hopes for the political party, (FOX 9)

While he wants GOP candidates to respect the party’s approval process – as is the tradition of Republicans – Hann said the candidates, not the party chairman, should be the center of attention. in 2022.

When FOX 9’s Theo Keith asked about his reserved style, he responded about the role of reason in politics.

“I think as far as we can highlight that and hopefully get the candidates and voters not only to be energized by their passion, but also to think about the goals of government, the goals of the candidates running for these positions , and think about their choices, ”Hann said. “I think we can certainly be a part of this discussion – and we hope to be.”

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