June 24th, 2009
04:32 PM ET
13 years ago

First on the CNN Ticker: Barbour to head RGA

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/23/art.barbour.gi.jpg caption="Barbour will head the RGA."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has assumed the chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association, CNN has learned.

Barbour immediately takes over as head of the national Republican campaign organization following South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s announcement he was leaving the post. Sanford acknowledged Wednesday that he had an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina.

“The news revealed today hurts all of us who have gotten to know Governor Sanford over the years and so it is with regret that the RGA accepted Governor Sanford’s resignation as chairman,” Barbour said in a statement obtained by CNN that will be distributed Wednesday afternoon. “While this news is deeply disappointing, I also know it’s important to remain focused on the future and Governor Sanford’s resignation allows him and us to do just that.

Barbour added: “The RGA has an important task over the next two years. I am committed to seeing it through and confident we will succeed.”

Nick Ayers, the RGA’s executive director, expressed disappointment about Sanford’s revelation.

“While I am personally disappointed in today’s revelation, I also know that it’s important for both Governor Sanford and the RGA to move forward as quickly as possible,” Ayers said in the forthcoming statement. “Therefore we accepted his resignation this afternoon.

“However, the RGA is fortunate that Governor Haley Barbour was in line to become RGA Chairman, a position he assumed today. As a former RNC chairman and one of the best governors in the country, no one is better positioned to takeover as RGA chairman than Governor Barbour.”

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soundoff (133 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Barbour won't run for the presidential bid in 2012, but he'll take Sanford's post. Oh the irony is killing me softly.

    June 24, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. TJ in Nawlins

    Just what the RGA needs to spruce up their image... one southern replacing another... the Republican party... the party of the South.


    June 24, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. Obama Victim

    Haley Barbour was RNC Chairman..........has been a two term govenor working with a Democrat house/senate.........he knows what he is doing.............actually might be a break for the Repubs

    June 24, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. Bob of Lompoc

    Yet another rich, fat, angry, white male becomes a mover and shaker in the Republican party. Good by 2010 and 2012.

    June 24, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. Traveling Talleywacker

    Has Haley ever been abroad? With a "broad"?, Profess "Family Values"?

    GOP 2010, Whooppee You Can Count On.

    June 24, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Mel of Alexandria

    How are the mighty fallen. It boggles the mind when the self-righteous bigots bite the dust. It behooves us all to walk humbly, and do not pretend to be far removed from the pain and hurts of others.

    June 24, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Texas

    The GOP is doing a bang up job! I mean really, they are champs at all these sexual scandals. Maybe they should run on that platform. Oh wait, no aren't they the ones that are championing marriage and virtues and faith and devotion, and all things "good" and conservatism? Wow, thanks for giving us another path to staying in the driver seat for the next 8 years at least!

    June 24, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. Maryann Rose

    Great...when do we get to hear about HIS extramarital affair, illegal payoff or drug problem?

    One of the best governors in the country? I thought that was supposed to be Sarah Palin?

    June 24, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. Steph

    Barbour makes me sick. I didn't think we had blatant racists running around in prominent positions in this day and age, but I was definitely wrong. His ties to white supremacist groups should disqualify him from any position of power in either party.

    June 24, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. carlo

    Why not Palin? Isn't she more popular than he is?

    June 24, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. J Wills

    Ha Ha!

    Barbour is another great example of the 'old' Republican party!


    June 24, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. prairieguy

    A good ole boy replaces another...way to expand from your southern base.

    The RGA didn't even let the Gov finish his press conferences before naming a new one....I think someone was preinformed of this!!

    June 24, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. big papa

    Frying pan into the fire...

    ...Barbour's just another, more severe case of confederacy gone wild!

    ...Mississippi should be involuntarily seceeded from the union...

    ...then invaded to free its minority population...

    June 24, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. carlo

    This sounds like an inside job. Barbour took over a little too fast for it to be completely clean.

    June 24, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. alpha_nu_916

    the party is once again reinventing itself in these perilous times with harley barbour assuming the leadership position at the RGA – i mean nothing says welcome to the party of the 21st century like a red-faced southern sixty-something year old white male, arms wide open.

    June 24, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. Roscot

    It is either insanity or rather ignoramus upbringing how this lot of hairbrained politicians that are supposed to be exemplary Americans get elected to the posts that they manage to somehow weasel their way into nowadays. This does not say a lot for the mentality of the US population that votes them into office. Either Americans are the dumbest humans on the planet, or to put it mildly their priorities are much like those in inhabitants of third world countries. Just where is American pride today? Someone please answer that question where it could be implanted in the brains of the American populace. Enough said? I doubt it.

    June 24, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. Thomas5

    "I didn't think we had blatant racists running around in prominent positions in this day and age"


    Of course there are Steph! Just look at Robert Byrd.

    June 24, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. Shucks

    GOP Joins the new lineup on Comedy Central. The new "christian" value, cry alot when you get caught and God will forgive you. Laughing all the way to 2016 and beyond.

    June 24, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. bruce

    This is a joke,,,the whole thing...
    RGA wasted no time throwing Sanford under the bus, deservedly so...but this guy..come on...wonder if his sheet is at the cleaners.
    I thoght Palin was the darling of the party...so why not her...tells you something of what the good old boys in the party think of her.
    This is just a big joke....

    June 24, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. MJHS1967

    J Wills: I couldn't have said it better myself. The GOP is pitiful. They should just Rove – oveR 🙁

    June 24, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. GOP = 21st century dodo

    What a malfunctioning joke of a party the GOP has become. These people should be kept as far away from decision-making as possible.

    June 24, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. Bruce in GR

    As an independent who lothes year idea of another republic in the House, this is a great and glorious day! Let the rhino purging continue! Remind me again, where did all of the Katrina money go? Oh yeah, Mississippi. Have a great ride Mr barbour on the sinking ship known as the republican party. Please

    June 24, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. Buster

    Politicians have no ETHICS, Republicans and Democrats. Vote them all out in 2010 and 2012. If you have to vote for your party, vote out the incumbent.

    June 24, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. Randy, San Francisco

    The GOP is self destructing. The list of potential GOP presidential candidates, while not impressive or credible, seems to be gettting shorter.

    June 24, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. slkwly

    You really didn't expect anything sensible out of this group did you?

    June 24, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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