AUSTIN, Texas - Cathie Adams has been elected the new party
leader of the Texas Republicans by a 36-25 vote during a special
meeting at party headquarters.
Officials announced Saturday that Adams was elected party
chairwoman. She succeeds Tina Benkiser, who recently left the post
to become a senior adviser to Gov. Rick Perry's re-election
Party bylaws require a chairman to remain neutral in primary
elections. Adams has previously endorsed Perry who faces a primary
challenge from Republican U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Republican Party of Texas spokesman Bryan Preston has previously said the new leader must refrain from any endorsements or advocacy during next year's GOP primary races, including the race governor.
Adams has served in a number of roles and, at the 2008 State
Convention, was elected the Republican National Committeewoman for
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