Thune Turns Away From NRSC Chairmanship

John Thune has announced that he will not be seeking the chairmanship of the National Republican Senatorial Committee according a story in the Rapid City Journal this morning.

Thune confirmed in an interview with the Journal late Sunday afternoon that he had told Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the second-ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate, on Thursday that he would not run for the committee chairman’s spot. That ended months of speculation that Thune — who rose quickly to prominence for a freshman senator after his upset win two years ago over Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle — might take over fundraising and candidate recruitment efforts for the GOP in the 2008 elections.

Thune cited his desire to spend more time with his daughter as his primary reason for pulling his name from consideration for the post which many consider a launching point to bigger and better things within the GOP.
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