NC GOP Chief Of Staff Resigns

Another top leader at the state Republican Party has stepped down. Chief of staff and special legal counsel Bill Peaslee says he's submitted his resignation after five-and-a-half years on the job. He was the party's chief political strategist and often its spokesman.

Peaslee says he left in the interests of helping the party prepare for the 2008 election. Republicans fared poorly in the legislative elections this month and lost their majority on the state's congressional delegation.

He says he's been at the job a long time and might have stayed on had G-O-P candidates performed better on Election Day.

Hours before the polls closed election night, party chairman Ferrell Blount announced that he would step down because he was considering a run for state office. Some party activists had been critical of his leadership.