One of the most prominent voices of the North Carolina Republican Party plans to move on.
Dallas Woodhouse, who has worked as executive director of the NC GOP since October 2015, will leave the position after his contract expires in June, he told McClatchy on Monday.
The party’s central committee, a group of about 30 people, held an hours-long meeting Sunday night at which it discussed Woodhouse’s future. Early Monday, McClatchy was not able to determine what was decided.
The meeting came after the party’s chairman, Robin Hayes, was indicted for allegedly trying to funnel bribe money to N.C. Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and making false statements to the FBI. Hayes relinquished some of his duties at the NC GOP, appointing Aubrey Woodard as acting chair.
Woodhouse wasn’t mentioned in the indictment and says he’s not a target of the investigation. But he testified before the grand jury in December, as McClatchy previously reported.
“I am under contract through the convention,” Woodhouse said in a text. “After that, with the election of a new chair, and after four years, a run longer than most, I am moving on. This was always what I had in mind.”
Woodard said in a statement that Woodhouse would serve in his position until June 15.
“We are going to miss Dallas in this role. He is a fighter and always put it on the line for the NCGOP,” Woodard said. “He leaves as one of the longest-serving Executive Directors and he played an important role in growing our party by spreading our message and helping us win many elections.” (Read more)