Major Leadership Change At The Tea Party Group Club For Growth

AP

There’s been a major leadership change at the conservative outside group Club for Growth. After six years, Chris Chocola is stepping down as president of the organization and will be succeeded by former Rep. David McIntosh (R-IN).

The leadership change was announced Thursday.

“It was an honor to serve as the head of the Club for Growth and I’m proud to have served during a time when we made unprecedented advances in our mission of promoting economic freedom,” Chocola said in a statement.

McIntosh also served as the chairman of the Republican Study Committee. McIntosh, who served in the House from 1995 to 2001, also unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2000. He served in the Reagan administration, as special assistant to the Attorney General and special assistant to the President for Domestic affairs, and in the Bush administration, as executive director of the president’s Council on Competitiveness.

National Journal reported that the change was not some kind of ouster. Rather, Chocola had just decided to retire. He’s also remaining on the Board of Directors.

“I’ve recently moved to northern Michigan,” Chocola told National Journal. “You really can’t get here from there. Once I set the date to move, I thought it was the right thing to do.”