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California GOP chairman will not seek another term

November 1, 2012 |  3:40 pm

The chairman of the California Republican Party has decided not to seek another term.

Tom Del Beccaro, who was elected as head of the state GOP in 2010, announced his decision in an email to party insiders this week, saying "it is time for me to pause from Party politics."

In the missive, he said he was working on two political books and wanted to spend more time with his family.

"That doesn't mean that I will be leaving the cause -- just joining a different phase that has always been a goal of mine," he wrote of his decision.

Del Beccaro's tenure at the helm of the state GOP has been a rocky one, marked by declining registration numbers and financial troubles.

Republican strategists had criticized him for his role in a plan to spend millions of dollars on a referendum in hopes of tossing out newly drawn state Senate districts. After getting the measure on the November ballot, organizers dropped their campaign for it, citing a state Supreme Court ruling that the districts were drawn properly.

The party's elected leaders, led by U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), started their own recruitment and fundraising operations.

For his part, Del Beccaro cited his work on Latino outreach.

"The number one issue for me was always talking to more voters and beginning a sincere dialogue with the Latino community and other voters like that," he told the Sacramento Bee. "That's what I said I wanted to do and that's what I spent a lot of time doing and I feel good about that."


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