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Political strategist Ben Golnik is dropping his bid to become the next Republican National Committee member, citing a young family and growing new job that kept him from running a "hands on campaign."

Golnik drops bid for RNC Committeeman

Ben Golnik

Ben Golnik

Political strategist Ben Golnik is dropping his bid to become the next Republican National Committee member, citing a young family and growing new business that kept him from running a “hands-on campaign.”

Golnik was running for the slot vacated by Brian Sullivan, who has been on the committee since 2002. Golnik’s exit leaves failed 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson competing for the spot.

Golnik made the announcement via an e-mail to his supporters:

“As many of you know, my wife and I were blessed with our second child on January 25. As my wife prepares to return to work in a couple weeks and my small business [Golnik Strategies] continues to grow, it became clear that I would not be able to conduct the type of hands-on campaign that State Central delegates deserve,” he wrote. “This was not an easy decision but the best for my family and me at this stage in our lives. Over the past two months, it has been a great joy to reconnect with so many of you and meet new energized conservatives in all parts of Minnesota.”

The Minnesota GOP State Central Committee will meet on April 16th to cast a vote for committeeman.

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