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Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Tony Sutton has tapped former Pioneer Press contributing columnist Craig Westover to lead the party’s communication efforts.

MN GOP taps op-ed columnist Craig Westover to lead communications

State GOP Party chair  Tony Sutton

State GOP Party chair Tony Sutton

Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Tony Sutton has tapped former Pioneer Press contributing columnist Craig Westover to lead the party’s communication efforts.

In a news release Monday, Sutton said Westover, who was also a senior policy fellow at conservative think tank Minnesota Free Market Institute, will bring credibility and strong writing skills to communicate the party’s message.

“As an op-ed writer and a think tank analyst, Craig has a solid reputation as a strong, principled voice for conservatism,” Sutton said in a statement. “His writing incisively exposes the fallacies and failures of liberal and progressive policies, and he hasn’t been shy about taking on the Republican Party when he’s felt it wandering away from its core values. Craig brings to the communications director position more than just messaging expertise; he personifies the credibility of a Republican Party that is serious about accurately communicating its positions on issues to Minnesotans.”

Westover is taking over the position from Heather Rubash, who served as interim communications director after the departure of former spokesman Mark Drake in February. Drake left the party to take a communications job with UnitedHealth Group. Rubash will stay on as press secretary for the party.

Westover, 61, has worked in the writing industry as a freelancer, ghostwriter and advertising copywriter, and more recently started writing op-eds in newspapers like the Pioneer Press.  Westover was also the press secretary for failed gubernatorial candidate Pat Anderson last year.

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