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VT GOP Chairman to step down

January 24, 2011

Vermont Republican Party Chairman Steve Larrabee announced his resignation Monday. He plans to leave the post late next month.

Bennington County GOP Chairman Daniel Riley said he is considering a run for the state post and will make a decision next week. “Quite a few people have approached me and offered support — which I am humbled and grateful for,” Riley wrote in a text message Monday evening.

Riley coordinated the first congressional district in New York for Arizona Sen. John McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign. He was unsuccessful in his bid to become state chairman in 2009.

Below is the letter sent out by Larrabee to Republicans on Monday:

I write today to announce that I will be stepping down as State Chairman of the Vermont Republican Party effective February 26, 2011. I am calling a meeting of the State Committee to take place on February 26, 2011 at Montpelier High School for the purpose of electing a new State Chairman. The meeting will be in the cafeteria and begin at 10am.

It has been a great privilege to serve as chair over the last 15 months.

I, along with you am disappointed that Vermont bucked the national trend that elected many Republicans to numerous local, state and national offices across the country.

We are fortunate to have Phil Scott as our Lt. Governor, Tom Salmon as our Auditor and many new senators and representatives elected last year.

Although I will be stepping down I still will remain involved as much as I can to elect Republicans to every office in this state.

Thank you for your support and I look forward to working with all of you in the future.

Sincerely,

Steve Larrabee

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