The new Republican leadership in the Minnesota House has announced some key staff hires.
Speaker of the House designate Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, and Majority Leader Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, said today that Chas Anderson will be the executive director of the GOP caucus. Anderson previously worked at the Department of Education as deputy commissioner. Earlier this year, a state investigation found that Anderson broke some conflict of interest rules.
"We have pulled together some of the most experienced professionals in state government and legislative relations," Zellers said in a news release. "Their combined experience and knowledge will serve both the Republican Caucus and Minnesota House well in 2011-2012."
The other hires include Erin Buie as executive assistant to the Majority Caucus, Ian Marsh as legislative director to the speaker, Annie Paruccini as executive assistant to the speaker, Bill Walsh as executive assistant to the majority leader, Anna Bellin as administrative assistant to the majority leader, Craig Stone as director of legislative services and Jodi Boyne as director of public affairs.
Boyne replaces Kevin Watterson, who will be director of media services.
The House GOP has hired the architect of Tom Emmer's tip-credit fiasco. Tom Emmer would be governor today if it wasn't for Bill "tip-credit" Walsh. The implosion of the House GOP will begin in 3,2,1