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Kentucky GOP Chair Stepping Down after November Election


Republican Party of Kentucky chairman and executive director Steve Robertson is stepping down after this November’s election.

Mike Biagi - a field representative for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - will succeed Robertson. Biagi will take over Robertson’s executive director duties next month.

Robertson said the shift will not affect the RPK's decision on whether or not to switch to a presidential caucus - a move that would allow Sen. Rand Paul to run for both re-election and the Republican presidential nomination next year.

“That’ll be a decision that I’ll preside over at the meeting in August when our committee is asked to consider that," Robertson said.

According to the Associated Press, Republicans have added more than 183,000 registered voters during Robertson's eight years as chairman. Democrats have added around 24,000 in the same timeframe. Robertson said he thinks that trend will continue with a win for Republican Matt Bevin in this November’s gubernatorial election.

“We’ve seen steady growth and we really haven’t seen it slow down," Robertson said. "I think a lot of Kentucky voters are frustrated at Washington D.C. - particularly President Obama.”

Robertson is leaving to join a public affairs firm.

John Null is the host and creator of Left of the Dial. From 2013-2016, he also served as a reporter in the WKMS newsroom.
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