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Sweeney leaving GOP post; says he needs to focus on his career

March 21, 2012

Patrick Sweeney, the executive director of the Rhode Island Republican Party, says he’s stepping down at the end of the month because he has growing family commitments and needs to focus on his legal career.

Sweeney has held the GOP post for a little more than a year. His departure continues a lack of recent stability in the state party apparatus; former chairman Ken McKay split last year after a very brief tenure, a move attributed by some Republicans to the absence of good jobs in Rhode Island.

In a statement, Sweeney pointed to how he helped curent state party chairman Mark Zaccaria transition into that role:

“The continuity Patrick provided during the surprise transition at the end of last year was invaluable in maintaining continuity.”  Zaccaria said.  “His work allowed the RIGOP to handle the change of leadership in an orderly and routine manner.”

“What a year this has been, [Sweeney said.]  “I want to first thank Ken and Mark for allowing me the opportunity to lead our efforts during these trying times. They have put all of their efforts and resources into resurrecting the RIGOP here in Rhode Island. Though I must step down, our work is not done yet. We have seven more months to push forward and let voters in Rhode Island know why they need Republicans in the General Assembly to look after their wallets. I look forward to transitioning our new ED and assisting our candidates in getting elected this November” said Sweeney.         

After emphasizing that the State Party owes Patrick Sweeney a debt of gratitude for the service he’s rendered, Zaccaria turned his attention to filling the position with a new candidate.

Accordingly, members of the RI State Central Committee are asked to recommend candidates who they feel have the political acumen and administrative experience to serve as RI GOP Executive Director. Candidates are asked to contact Chairman Mark Zaccaria at state party headquarters to indicate their interest and begin the application process.

Zaccaria says he hopes to have Sweeney’s successor ready to deliver a presentation during a March 29 state committee meeting.

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