(08/23/2001)
A Morgantown businessman Kris Warner, one of five state vice chairmen for the West Virginia Republican party, is seeking to become the chairman of the GOP. Warner is known to Calhoun residents for his involvement in attempting to bring a telemarketing firm to the county.

The current state chairman David Tyson will resign on January 31, and has already put Warner in charge of the organizations finances.

Tilting power to Warner was met with criticism from South Charleston Mayor Ritchie Robb, who said it would be like changing "tweedledum for tweedledee."

Robb said he is opposed to Warner because it is like shuffling the deck from the top. Criticism has been lodged against Tyson's leadership because the party failed to recruit candidates to run against Democrats at the state and local levels.

Robb thinks the task of building the Republican party is "formidable but not impossible."

He cited successes like the election of Shelly Moore Captio to Congress and President George Bush's victory in the mountain state.


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