Christian Morgan, the Kansas Republican Party’s executive director since 2007, has resigned and will leave his post at the end of March.
He says he has three or four offers — both in politics and in the private sector — that he is currently considering. As new state party chairwoman Amanda Adkins lines up the next executive director, Morgan said he decided to make the announcement this week.
“It’s more than amicable. It was just one of those things Amanda and I had been talking about for a while,” said Morgan, a Lawrence resident and 2000 Kansas University graduate.
Morgan worked under former party chairman Kris Kobach, a conservative who has formed a campaign committee to run for secretary of state in 2010. Adkins, an executive for Cerner Corp., had no opposition when she won the party’s chairwoman position two weeks ago.
“Christian’s hard work, determination and tenacity led to the turnaround of state GOP headquarters during the last election cycle,” Adkins said in a statement. “I am excited to build upon the improvements that were already made at the Kansas Republican Party during the 2010 election cycle. I wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Adkins said she had already offered the job to a candidate who has accepted the position, but she said she would not make an an-nouncement until early March. She did say the candidate would come from a business background and have a profile nationally as well as within the state.
Morgan said a highlight during the past two years was helping Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins defeat incumbent Nancy Boyda in the 2nd District race in the November election. Jenkins had also defeated former Congressman Jim Ryun in a tough primary.
He said party leadership would likely need to use the same strategy to bridge moderate and conservative divisions in 2010 because Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt will face off in a primary for a U.S. Senate seat and current U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback and Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh have already both announced plans to seek the GOP nomination for governor.
Morgan is the second Lawrence resident since the November election to leave his post leading the day-to-day operations of a major party. Mike Gaughan in December moved from the Kansas Democratic Party’s executive director position to become a special assistant to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.