Texas Republican party Chairman Tom Mechler came on Saturday, due to family and financial reasons.
Mechler, an oil and gas consultant from Amarillo, wrote in his resignation letter that the Texas GOP has been very successful in the last two years, but his financial difficulties were overwhelming.
“With the fluctuations of the oil industry, my family struggled to financially stay afloat. At one point I had to sell even to, to keep devices only, my business in the black,” he wrote in his resignation letter.
He also wrote that he spent more than 80 percent of his time as Chairman of the away from home. The resignation comes after Mechler a cruise took his wife two weeks ago, took the time to reflect.
“Friends, this job is hard. The time, commitment, expense, stress, and overwhelming responsibility is taking its toll. After much prayer and reflection, I have decided that it’s focus time for me and my family,” wrote Mechler.
Members of the Texas GOP praised Mechler’s efforts as Chairman. The Executive Director of the El Paso Republican party, Bob Pena said he improved the relationship between the Contracting state and the local offices.
“It was very useful to the local party. We had immediate response to questions that come up,” said Pena.
Recently, a push-to-end straight-ticket voting, the legislature makes its way through the Texas. Pena is credited Mechler with many of the leaders of Texas, with 254 counties, to support the bill.
Rumors had been since Thursday, that he could come back. The Texas Democratic party had their own questions about why he stepped down.
A post on its website the five questions asked why he was leaving. The post read “Is it because Texas Republicans are more divided than ever? Is it because of the major Texas Democratic progress in the choice of 2016?”
“It’s a damn shame Tom Mechler, the Texas Republican party could leave. I personally have always enjoyed the exchange, because he look like the Democrats so well,” Texas Democratic party chair Gilberto Hinojosa said in a statement on Saturday. “I wish him and his family all the best. Farewell and good luck on the road.”
The state Republican Executive Committee will meet on may 3. To end of June to vote for an interim-Chairman Mechler term. Rick Figueroa, a member of President Trump, the Spanish Advisory Council, said he planned to complete the job.
Ray Bogan is a Fox-News-multimedia reporter based in El Paso, Texas. Follow him on twitter: @RayBogan