Pat McDonald announces she will step down as VTGOP chair

VTGOP Press Release

MONTPELIER – Pat McDonald announced today that she would be stepping down at Chair of the Vermont Republican Party at the

Pat McDonald

end of this month, but would be continuing to assist the VT GOP in communications and outreach. Below is her statement:

“The past year has been one of the most exciting and rewarding times of my career. I have immensely enjoyed serving as Chair of the Vermont Republican Party, and I’m very proud of what we have been able to accomplish in positioning the VT GOP for the opportunities that lie ahead.

“Make no mistake, the ground is fertile for big changes in Vermont in 2012. The people of Vermont have grown weary of politics as usual, and they have little patience left for politicians who make promises they can’t keep. They are looking for leaders to take them in a new direction: leaders who will help grow our economy, create new opportunities for the people that live here, and bring about a new age of prosperity in Vermont.

“This is a time that the Vermont Republican Party needs to expand and prepare ourselves for the elections of 2012. It is also a time for me to dial back somewhat on my responsibilities with the Party as my husband and I are dealing with some personal health concerns that will keep me out of the office more than I would like.

“I am making this announcement early in 2012 so that the Party can quickly elect and rally around a new Chair. I met with our Executive Committee the other night to inform them of my plans, and it is their intent to hold the election for Chair in mid-February. In the interim, Vice Chair Paul Carroccio will serve as Chair of the VT GOP.

“I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish over the past year. We have developed a solid working relationship with grassroots supporters, County and Town Chairs, as well as with GOP House and Senate leadership. We have implemented a training program for grassroots volunteers. We have put a coordinated effort in place to identify candidates for statewide and legislative positions. Now, we need to build upon those successes and take it to the next level.

“I plan on staying very involved with the VT GOP, helping to spread the Party’s message and working on several communications and outreach projects. I look forward to working with the new Chair to build upon the growing enthusiasm of our supporters and other like-minded Vermonters who understand the importance of bringing balance and common-sense to Montpelier.

“It has been an honor to serve as Chair, and as I move into a different role with the Party I would like to conclude this statement by telling everyone that I will be manning the VT GOP’s booth at the Yankee Sportsman’s Classic this weekend at the Champlain Valley Expo . . . and if you would like to learn more about the Vermont Republican Party and our agenda of Growth, Opportunity and Prosperity, please stop by and say hello!”