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July 4, 2013

Pence taps state auditor as new Indiana GOP chairman

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INDIANAPOLIS —

Pulling Berry out of the auditor's office would allow Pence to name a replacement and possibly forestall a Mourdock campaign.

Pence also has yet to pick who will serve as the state's committeewoman on the Republican National Committee, a coveted position that opens doors to national powerbrokers. Former Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman announced she was stepping out of the role to focus more on her job as a regional economic development leader.

On Wednesday, at least, party leaders looked to keep the focus on Berry.

"I've known Tim Berry for 25 years and he's extremely competent, well-spoken and understands the Indiana political landscape as well as anyone I know," Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said in a statement. "He'll be an excellent Chairman."

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