CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP & WSAZ) - West Virginia Republican chairman Mike Stuart says he'll step down in May after serving half of his four-year term on the job.
Stuart said in a message to Republicans Thursday that the party needs someone to devote a full-time effort to the job. He says details to pick a successor will be announced soon.
Stuart was elected in July 2010 to a four-year term. He says his resignation will take effect May 9.
He says in his two years, the party has modernized its facilities and infrastructure. He pointed out that the party has more members in the House of Delegates than since the 1970s.
Stuart is an attorney with Steptoe & Johnson. He says he is "looking forward to being a temporary observer rather than a direct participant in the political process."
In his news release, he made no mention of the recent controversy over the effort to remove table games from the Mardi Gras casino in Cross Lanes.
Stuart drew some criticism from within his own party when he made the announcement earlier this month that the party is trying to get enough signatures to get a recall on the ballot.
Some Republicans had no idea he was going to make the announcement. Others disagreed with the move, saying it could cost jobs at a time when the party is trying to brand itself as being pro job creation.