House Speaker Brian Bosma doesn’t expect a shakeup in state Republican Party leadership to affect the party‘s prospects in next year‘s House elections.
“We’re in the process of recruiting great candidates and working with those who won the last election to continue their great record,” said Bosma. “We’ve got a lot of grass between now and 2014.”
Departing Chairman Eric Holcomb‘s final election was a big one, with Republicans gaining nine House seats to achieve their goal of a walkout-proof majority. But Bosma notes while the House Republican Campaign Committee collaborates with the state party and shares downtown office space, it operates independently and shouldn’t be affected by Holcomb‘s exit.
Bosma says he‘s sorry to see Holcomb and four other leaders go, but “this gives the governor an opportunity to put his own thumbprint on state party as is the governor’s prerogative.”
Bosma says he doesn’t anticipate any lingering tension from the tug-of-war over Pence‘s tax cut in this year‘s legislative session.
Holcomb and vice chair Sandi Huddleston plan to step down July 9 after the GOP‘s summer fundraising dinner. Former Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman will also step down that day from her seat on the Republican National Committee. Party executive director Justin Garrett has already left for a job in the private sector, and treasurer Peter Deputy says he‘ll leave once the party picks a replacement.