Carcieri Confirms: Morgan Out as RI GOP Head
UPDATE: ProJo 7to7 confirms:
Patricia Morgan said today that she won’t seek another term as the head of the state Republican Party.
“I really have enjoyed being a chairman,” Morgan said, noting that she believes she’s the longest-serving GOP leader in state history. “It’s been challenging at times, it’s been frustrating, but I do think I’ve made a difference – and that’s my legacy to the party.”
The decision to step down, Morgan said, was made “in concert with the governor” during a closed-door meeting at the State House last Friday.
By tradition, Governor Carcieri would make the decision on whether Morgan, 56, should stay or whether the GOP should turn elsewhere for leadership as it tries to rebound from widespread losses in the November elections.
In an interview with The Journal last month, Morgan said she would like to be reappointed to the post she held for the past four years. Today, she refused to say why she changed her mind.
“It’s time to move on,” she said. “I loved being chairman, I loved meeting all the people and helping to build the organization. It’s been a great experience. But maybe it’s time to let someone else have that experience.”
Morgan will lead the Rhode Island Republican Party until March, when the state party will elect a new chairman.
WPRO is reporting this as well. Apparently, Gov. Carcieri said that Morgan came to him to offer her resignation, something that Morgan wouldn’t confirm to WPRO. Interesting.