Tom Mechler to address report he’s stepping down as Texas GOP chairman

Tom Mechler to address report he’s stepping down as Texas GOP chairman

Jonathan Tilove American-Statesman Staff

Texas Republican Party Chairman Tom Mechler will address on Saturday a report that he plans to step down and let the State Republican Executive Committee pick his successor at its quarterly meeting on June 3.

“He’s going to respond to these rumors on Saturday,” said Texas GOP spokesman Mike Joyce.

Mechler, an Amarillo oil and gas consultant, has served as chairman of the Republican Party in the nation’s biggest red state since March 2015, when he succeeded Steve Munisteri.

Speculation about Mechler’s plans was launched by a report Thursday on RagingElephantRadio.com, a conservative internet radio show, that Mechler was quitting.

Mechler’s term is up in June 2018, when a successor would be elected by the state Republican Convention. If he steps down before then, the executive committee, with two members from each senatorial district plus the chairman, would pick an interim successor until the convention.

The rumor prompted speculation about a number of potential candidates, including Rick Figueroa, Mark Ramsey and James Dickey.

Figueroa was with Mechler in San Antonio this week as part of the Republican Party of Texas Hispanic Engagement Listening Tour. James Dickey is the chairman of the Travis County Republican Party. Ramsey is an executive committee member from Spring.

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