New Kansas GOP chair Kris Kobach just confirmed it:
Ron Freeman is out as state executive director. Taking his place is Christian Morgan.
Morgan worked on Kobach's 2004 race for Congress and most recently ran Jim Barnett's losing race for governor.
Freeman, Kobach said, has been offered a different job at the party. No word yet on whether he'll take it. (Freeman could not be reached).
Ryan Wright of the Kansas Traditional Republican Majority, a moderate group, points out that six of eight new Kansas GOP Executive Board members are officers of the conservative Kansas Republican Assembly, a conservative GOP organization that now rivals the state GOP.
Wright's bottom line: "The party's fund-raising base is comprised of traditional Republicans, and now that it is clear what direction the party will be heading in under Kobach, these donors are likely to go someplace else."
Not so, Kobach said. "The staff will continue to include moderate Republicans as well as conservative Republicans, and the KTRM organization has apparently not bothered to check their facts as far as what's actually happening in the Kansas Republican Party."
Posted by Steve Kraske