DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - The Montgomery County Republican Party is searching for a new chairman following the resignation of Rob Scott Monday.
In a letter to county Republicans, Rob Scott indicates there is strife between county Republicans and that he, and his team would better spend their efforts to “purse other political causes for the future of our region,”
“I have informed the Chairman of the Central Committee, Phil Plummer, of my resignation as Chairman of the Party to be effective Oct. 14,” Scott writes.
Scott is the founder of the Montgomery County Tea Party and a Kettering councilman.
Scott says he tried to make the party more about people in his time there, but he says others in the party wanted the focus to be on raising money.
"We wanted to get away from the concept you have to be rich to be in the Republican Party," Scott says. "We wanted to get off our back that country club mentality that was in the party. That we actually are a party of the people. Make it more inviting. A bigger tent for people to get involved."
Scott says rather than continue to fight to be chairman, something he believes would have destroyed the party, he decided to step aside.
As proof of his success, Scott points to the fact that Montgomery County was the only urban county in Ohio where President Obama did worse in 2012 than 2008.
But Plummer says Scott wasn't working out as chairman.
"He's a big grassroots guy, which is important to us, but he lacked the financial backing of the business community," Plummer says.
Plummer says there are several interested candidates in the position, but declined to name them. He believes the change in leadership will energize the party.
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