Lindley will not seek re-election to Vt GOP leadership post

Jack Lindley

Jack Lindley

MONTPELIER — Vermont Republican Party Chairman Jack Lindley said Wednesday that he will not seek re-election to the post and will instead back John MacGovern.
Lindley had been considering a bid to remain chairman despite a recent illness that left him hospitalized for about a month. He was released from the hospital and returned home last week.
As recently as Wednesday morning, political allies including Mark Snelling, the GOP’s treasurer, said Lindley was planning on trying to retain his chairmanship at the party’s state convention Saturday.
“Yes, it’s my expectation that he’s going to run,” Snelling said Wednesday morning.
But Wednesday evening Lindley announced via email his intention to step aside and back MacGovern, best known for losing to independent Sen. Bernard Sanders last fall.
“I’m writing to let you know that although my recovery is going well, I will not be a candidate for Chairman of the Vermont Republican Party. My time and energy is best spent working on building my strength and fully recovering,” Lindley wrote.
For more on this story, read it in the Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus on Thursday.

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