Matt Strawn, Iowa GOP Chair, Stepping Down After Caucus Woes

The head of the Iowa Republican Party announced he will resign next week after calls for his resignation after the Caucus vote-count problems.

Iowa Republican Party chair Matt Strawn announced his resignation this week after for him to leave the position.

Strawn faced criticism from across the state after problems with the certified results of the ever-so-close Republican Caucus.

Eight counties were never certified, meaning may never be known. to officially declare Rick Santorum the winner because of the discrepancy, though . Santorum sprang ahead of initially declared after the certified results were released.

The fact Strawn refused to declare a winner, more than the counting problems, was the final straw for Craig Robinson, a prominent player in the party and founder of the Iowa Republican news website. Robinson was among the first to call for Strawn's resignation.

The Des Moines Register reported Strawn cited competing priorities in his personal, business and political life in a letter he wrote to the Iowa Republican Party.

The Register also reports:

GOP party rules say that any vacancy in the chairman job is to be filled by the co-chairman – and in this case, that’s Bill Schickel, a well-liked former state lawmaker and former party secretary from Mason City. The next meeting of the GOP central committee, the party’s board of directors, is Feb. 11.

a January 31, 2012 at 11:25 PM
About time
Greg Tagtow February 01, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Thanks for your service Matt. All things considered, your dedication to the party and the chairman position brought the state party back to life. You always took the time to help us out here in Black Hawk County.................
Scott Raynor February 01, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Hey, Greg. I'm curious to hear what you think about this. Do you think it was a fair decision?
Greg Tagtow February 01, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I think we are losing a good man and great spokesman for the GOP here in Iowa. He was what this party needed when we were sorely lacking leadership and direction. I know that we have not seen the last of Matt in the political arena.
a February 01, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Lets move on. He left us a mess.


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