Without any warning or detailed explanation as to why, the Delaware GOP chairman John Sigler, has left his position when he submitted a resignation letter to the Republican Party.
“It is with deep regret and a profound disappointment that I must inform you that, due to newly emergent and totally unexpected circumstances that are completely beyond my control, I am unable to continue to serve you as the Chairman of the Republican State Committee of Delaware,” said Sigler, who was recently re-elected as GOP chairman.
Party executive director John Fluharty says he was told that the resignation is the result of something personal in nature.
“I was stunned and saddened to learn of the chairman’s resignation this morning. As a party leader and as an individual he was one of the finest men I’ve ever met. Under his leadership since I’ve arrived at the party last year, he was able to retire a large portion of the debt from the 2010 election cycle, which helps the party position better for 2014 as we continue to identify candidates to run for legislative and senate seats,” said Fluharty.
According to Fluharty, what happens now is state vice-chairman Nelly Gordon becomes acting chairman.
“Within 60 days we must hold a special convention where we will elect a new chair person and preparations for that are underway,” said Fluharty.
Although Sigler’s resignation comes as a surprise to many, the former National Rifle Association president plans to remain active in the party. “Please know that I will, to the fullest extent possible, continue to be fully supportive of the Republican Party, both nationally and here in Delaware, and that I continue to stand firm and fully committed to our Republican principles and to the 2012 Republican National Platform,” said Sigler.
Sigler held the chairman position since 2010. He took over a party left in shambles over the state GOP primary fight between Christine O’Donnell and then Congressman Mike Castle for the U.S. Senate seat eventually won by Chris Coons. At that time former GOP chair Tom Ross declared that O’Donnell couldn’t be elected dog catcher.
O’Donnell praised Sigler’s appointment saying it would be the end of backroom politics as usual. Sigler had promised to field a more competitive GOP slate for statewide elections. He outlined a GOP plan to improve small business in a photo-op at Legislative Hall in Dover last September to show solidarity between the party and republican legislators.
Sigler appeared on First in 2011 to outline his aspirations for the future of the Delaware GOP, you can see that interview below.