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Congressman Peter Hoekstra Calls for State Chair Saul Anuzis to be Replaced

Posted by Walter Sobcheck on November 14, 2006

Hoekstra calls for replacing GOP leadership


Tuesday, November 14, 2006By Ed Golder

The Grand Rapids Press

Republican Party leadersincluding Michigan GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis — should be replaced after last week’s election losses, said U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Holland.

After you get whacked, you need a clear change in leadership,” Hoekstra said. “You need a fresh look. You need that at the national level and you need that at the state level.”

Hoekstra joins a growing number of Republicans who have targeted Anuzis in the wake of defeats. Last week, officers of the Kent County Republican Party wrote a letter to activists calling for the ouster of Anuzis and supporting local 3rd Congressional District Chairman Dave Dishaw for the job. Anuzis and Dishaw will face off at the February Republican convention in Grand Rapids.

Also, Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman announced last week that he would leave his post at year’s end.

Hoekstra addressed a range of issues in an interview with Press editorial writers Monday. Hoekstra will lose influence and profile as Democrats take control of Congress. After January, when Democrats will have majority in the House and Senate, he will no longer be chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

He blamed the Republican defeat on President Bush and Congress, especially their handling of the war in Iraq.

“People just perceived Republicans and the president as locked too firmly into a strategy that’s not working,” Hoekstra said.

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