Multiple sources within and outside, yet close, to the Republican Party of Texas are telling RagingElephantsRadio.com that RPT Chairman Tom Mechler is set to announce his resignation on Saturday, May 20th.
RER sources began making us aware that rumors were swirling about the future of Mechler on last Tuesday evening. However, by Wednesday morning, a consensus of the sources was lost. There were reports that it was merely “fake news” and more vetting needed to be done.
By Wednesday evening, the chatter become hotter, and RER sources were drawing back together into consensus. RPT Chair Tom Mechler is on the verge of resigning.
By this morning, every RER source was convinced that the rumors were true, and that from all of their channels of communication, the story was not “fake news”, and Mechler had already handpicked a successor. So sure were our sources, that each believed it was an absolute green light to go with the story.
Moments before breaking the story live at 12 noon Texas time today, we were informed by one of our sources that Mechler had already announced his intentions to the RPT staff.
The obvious question of why Mechler is resigning has yet to be answered. Our sources have not been able to detect a specific reason. It may not be until Mechler’s announcement that one is given.
According to our sources, Mechler’s handpicked successor is Rick Figueroa.
Apparently, SREC Liberty Caucus members weren’t caught off guard by the potential Mechler resignation. RER’s understanding is that they are pressing hard for SREC Committeeman from SD7, Mark Ramsey, to be their candidate.
With the next SREC quarterly meeting scheduled in Austin on June 2nd and 3rd, Mechler is pressed to announce by May 24th per the bylaws of the RPT. If Mechler does indeed announce his resignation, the election of an interim chairman, which will preside over the state party until the state convention of 2018, will be conducted on that weekend.
In just over two weeks, the Republican Party of Texas could have a new chairman.
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