MNGOP reaches rent agreement, will not be homeless after all

Just a night before today's scheduled eviction hearing, MNGOP chair Pat Shortridge announced that his party won't become homeless after all.

In a statement released last night, Shortridge said the MNGOP has "reached a confidential agreement with our landlord, Hub Properties, that will allow us to fulfill our obligations to them."

Hub "will request a continuance of tomorrow's hearing and we expect to have a final agreement in place within a week," the statement adds.

The "obligations" referred to by the statement presumably involve paying back at least some of the roughly $100,000 Minnesota Republicans owe Hub for back rent on the party's Capitol Office Building space. Fed up with being stiffed on rent, Massachusetts-based Hub dealt the MNGOP a public relations blow and filed paperwork to evict the party from its building last month.

But it now appears MNGOP operatives will have the Capitol Office Building roof over their heads for the foreseeable future. It's an unfortunate turn of events, because I really thought my spare room was a strong contender to be the new, affordable home of Minnesota's Republican brain trust. But depending on how things go this November, perhaps Shortridge will be interested in renting my study when the MNGOP's lease at the Capitol Office Building expires in just less than two years.

Chalk it up as a small victory for the Party of Fiscal Responsibility as it tries to claw itself out of the Tony Sutton-created financial abyss.

Related coverage:
-- MNGOP evicted from office space, owes about $100,000 to landlord
-- MNGOP: 'No state party may be in worse financial shape,' writes Politico
-- Why has the DFL's debt received less coverage than the MNGOP's?
-- MNGOP, $2 million in debt, decries Obama's "out of control spending"

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