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Susan Hutchison to step down as chair of state GOP

Susan Hutchison (KOMO File)

Susan Hutchison, chair of the Washington State Republican Party, will step down from that post next month, the party announced Tuesday.

She will leave the post on Feb. 4, 2018. The party's state committee will elect a new chairman at a meeting Jan. 20 in Moses Lake. The new chairman will start Feb. 5.

She did not offer a reason for stepping down. There has been some media speculation that she could be given a job in the Trump administration.

“The WSRP is in a robust financial position with a bright future. I expect that 2018 will result in many exciting wins for the GOP in our state—among them, Dino Rossi will hold the 8th Congressional seat, the Republicans will move into leadership in the State House of Representatives by flipping at least one seat, and there might even be some surprises in the State Senate, “ Hutchison said in a statement.

Hutchison was elected chair shortly after the 2012 elections.

She made headlines just before the 2016 Presidential Election when she suggested Donald Trump was "channeling Bill Clinton" when a video surfaced of him making lewd comments about women in 2005.

Hutchison was a long-time anchor at KIRO-TV. She also ran unsuccessfully for King County executive in 2009.


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