DFL chief understands GOP problems, but…

Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Chairman Ken Martin almost sounds sorry for his Republican counterpart.

Almost.

In an interview, Martin expressed his respect for state Republican Chairman Pat Shortridge, who took over the party this year after his predecessor left what now is estimated to be a $1.3 million debt. At the same time, the party is split among Ron Paul devotees and more traditional Republicans. And a Republican Senate sex scandal remains on voters’ minds.

With all of those problems, Republicans “are not focused right now on winning elections,” Martin said.

But don’t take that as indicating Martin will take it easy on the opposition.

Among this fall’s messages from Democrats, he said, will be discussion about the Republican Party, which claims to be the best manager of the people’s money, and how it cannot even manage its own money.

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