State Rep. Ernie Leidiger will be holding his annual hog roast fundraiser next month. This year’s event is themed “Meet The New Republican Party”, and features a pulled pork dinner, silent auction, activities for kids, karaoke, and a bonfire. On-site camping is also available if needed. Lots of special guests are also invited, like these fresh faces:
Hog Roast Emcee and failed gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer
U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann
U.S. Representative John Kline
U.S. Representative Erik Paulsen
Radio talk show hosts Jason Lewis and Sue Jeffers
State Senator Julianne Ortman
State Representative Joe Hoppe
Of course, these aren’t “new” faces at all. These are just the same faces we’ve been seeing and hearing from for years now. Keep looking down the list and — aha! — here are the new faces we’ve been looking for!
State GOP Party Chair Keith Downey
State GOP Deputy Party Chair Kelly Fenton
State GOP Secretary Chris Fields
Of course, of these folks, only Fields really qualifies a “new” face. Heck, Fields hasn’t even lived in Minnesota for two years and he already has lost a race for Congress by 49 points. Downey is a two-term former state representative who was heralded as an ideological leader behind the Republican House majorities that got routed in 2012. Fenton, meanwhile, is a longtime party activist.
Even more to the point, though, is that while you can theoretically argue some of the faces are “new” — the ideas are the same old stale ones they’ve been peddling for years. Let’s hope the pulled pork is fresher than the ideology.
[Picture above is 2010 gubernatorial loser and voice of the "new" Republican Party Tom Emmer]