Hillsborough GOP chair Art Wood won't run for re-election

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On the heels of a relatively poor performance by Hillsborough Republicans, local party chair Art Wood announced he won’t seek re-election to his post as Chairman of the Hillsborough Republican Executive Committee.

“I’ve still got the enthusiasm, but I don’t have the energy,” said Wood. “I haven’t had a day off in 13 months.”

“I met my personal goals, including the best ever Lincoln Day dinner” – the party’s premier annual fundraising event – “and raising $150,000 from large donors,” Wood said.

Wood may have had a niiiccceee Lincoln Day Dinner and he may have collected big checks from large donors, but these accomplishments did not translate into electoral wins for Republicans in 2012.

Bellwether Hillsborough went decidedly for Democrat Barack Obama over Republican Mitt Romney. Additionally, in the high profile countywide race for Property Appraiser, Democrat Bob Henriquez defeated Republican Ronda Storms. Also, Republican incumbent State Representative Shawn Harrison was knocked off by Democrat Mark Danish.

Despite these results, Wood said the outcome of Tuesday’s election wasn’t part of the reason for his decision.

Wood becomes the second prominent GOP county chair to announce they won’t seek re-election. On Thursday, Palm Beach GOP chief Sid Dinerstein said he was stepping down in December.

Among the names being floated as a replacement for Wood is, believe it or not, Senator Tom Lee. Why he would want this job is anyone’s guess, but a source intimate with the inner-working of the Hillsborough GOP tells me Lee is definitely interested.

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