Oklahoma GOP chairman announces resignation

Gary Jones says his resignation will take effect Monday. A new chairman will be elected later this month.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: June 11, 2010 at 1:19 pm •  Published: June 11, 2010
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Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Gary Jones, who filed this week for state auditor and inspector, said today he will resign his post.

Jones, of Cache, said his resignation will take effect Monday.

The party's vice chairman, Angie LaPlante of Edmond, will serve as interim chairman until a chairman is elected in a Republican Party meeting set for June 26.

Jones has served as state GOP chairman since January 2003.

This is the second time Jones has resigned the position. He resigned in 2006 after he filed for state auditor.

This is the third time Jones has sought the post of state auditor. He lost in 2002 and 2006 to Democrat Jeff McMahan, who resigned in 2008 after a federal jury convicted him and his wife on corruption-related charges.

State Auditor and Inspector Steve Burrage, appointed by Gov. Brad Henry to fill the remainder of McMahan's term, is seeking a full four-year term.

David Hanigar, of Edmond, filed Wednesday as a Republican for the state auditor's post. Hanigar worked 25 years in the state auditor's office and worked closely with the state attorney general's office handling fraud cases. He said he left the auditor's office last year and went to work with the attorney general's office until he retired in April.