McKay to make bid for party chair

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – GOP activist Ken McKay yesterday announced he's running for the chairmanship of the state Republican Party.

In a letter to fellow party members, McKay says he thinks Republicans have a big opportunity to win elections in Rhode Island. He says a majority of residents favor smaller government and what he calls conservative solutions.

McKay managed both of Don Carcieri's winning campaigns for governor, and was chief of staff for part of Carcieri's tenure. McKay briefly held the same position with the Republican National Committee. More recently, he worked last year on Republican Rick Scott's successful campaign to become Florida's governor.

The only other announced candidate for the GOP chairmanship is Patrick Sweeney, who was deputy campaign manager last year for John Loughlin's unsuccessful congressional run.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.