The Ron Paul Revolution is in full affect at 621 E. Ninth Street in Des Moines. While the newly elected committee members don’t begin their terms until the end of the Republican state convention in June, major changes are already underway.
The Des Moines Register is reporting the Chad Olsen, the Iowa GOP’s respected Executive Director, has resigned his position. His last day on the job will be next Tuesday. Olsen told the Register, “The fact that the party has a new chairman and almost entirely new state central committee, I decided that it was time for someone with younger legs to run the remainder of this race.”
Olsen’s departure also means that every employee that was working for the party on caucus day has now moved on except for the receptionist.
When central committee members were electing a new chairman earlier this spring, staff continuity was a major issue. In fact, Chairman Spiker assured members that if elected he would keep the staff intact. While Spiker didn’t remove Olsen from his post, the actions of the Paul supporters may have forced Olsen to entertain other job offers. Another factor may have been the need for the committee to elect a new treasurer when Craig Williams wasn’t re-elected to his post.
With the start of the general election now less than a month away, the Republican Party of Iowa is in a state of transition. The new regime now has to get up to speed quickly now that Olsen is gone.
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