Former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson stunned a crowd of party activists Saturday by announcing that he was stepping down as chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party, the AP is reporting.
Wilson, 58, of Columbia, had served as party chair since August 2004. Claire McCaskill had selected him after she defeated Gov. Bob Holden in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.
Wilson had recently announced that he would seek another term. He'll stay on while a seven-member committee he appoints looks for a new chairman. The pick will have to be elected by the state committee.
Wilson had been traveling to political meetings and fundraisers about a couple times a week, a state party spokesman said.
"He didn't think he could devote the same time and energy he had over the next (few) years," party spokesman Jack Cardetti said.
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