Dear Republican Leader,I cannot tell you how happy I was to see the budget surplus projection this week. This isclear evidence that the budget fight and government shutdown was worth it to help getMinnesota moving in the right direction.However, that is not why am writing you this letter.I am writing to you because I have decided to resign as State Chair of the Republican of Minnesota effective at 5:00 PM today.Being State Chair has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I havemade many new friends, and seen and done some amazing things as State Chairman. Ialso have a great sense of accomplishment with the election victories we achieved in2010. I truly feel that we have made a difference these past two and a half years (again,the recent budget surplus announcement is proof positive of that).I had decided to run for re-election last April because I felt I had more service to offer tothe Party. However, the last several months have shown me that being State Chair hastaken too much away from my family, and is taking too big a toll on me personally. Ihave worked for the Republican cause my entire adult life. I have made tremendous personal and professional sacrifices to the detriment of my family. I cannot continue todo this.In 2009 I was elected state chair with the promise that we were going to do more to winelections. We were going to build better lists, have a better portal for accessing thoselists, more staff to support our candidates and build up the Party infrastructure.In fact, we accomplished a lot of those things. We made significant strides toward our goal of electing more Republicans. These strides were made possible by providingsupport for candidates and building up the Party infrastructure.For the first time in modern history, Republicans took control of both the MinnesotaHouse and Senate – with more than 100,000 vote margins statewide. The Party played amajor role in helping these election victories through candidate recruitment, candidatetraining, voter ID, candidate support through our field operation, Project Phoenix, andfinally voter persuasion and voter turn-out through our direct mail and get-out-the-voteoperations.Our Congressional incumbents were re-elected with comfortable margins: Rep. Erik Paulsen, Rep. John Kline and Rep. Michele Bachmann all won handily on November 2.In a historic victory, Rep.-Elect Chip Cravaack defeated 36-year incumbent Jim Oberstar in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District. The State Party was able to do additional mailin the 1st and 8th Congressional District races, as well as fully funded coordinatedcampaign expenditures for television ads in the 8th District victory.