Beat the Argus by several hours on this one... (I wonder where they heard?)
The Argus was reporting at 5:25 what I had for you at noon - Randy's not coming back:
Frederick, a Hayti farmer, said today his term ends in February. He won’t seek another term, and it will be up to the state party central committee to choose a new chair at that time, he said.Read it all here.
“When I ran for the position four years ago, I promised (Republican Gov.) Mike Rounds four years,’’ Frederick said. “I can’t promise him another four years as state party chair and it doesn’t make any sense to promise him two, to sign on for another two. And the next two years, coming up to ’08, I can probably be of more service to him outside the chairmanship rather than inside.’’
Rounds, who easily won re-election last week, has been mentioned as a possible opponent to Democrat Sen. Tim Johnson, whose term ends in 2008. Rounds has downplayed that talk, but Frederick said he intends to be available to the governor “for any purpose that he might need me for in ’08.’’