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Berkeley GOP chairman resigns to endorse Santorum

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

Berkeley County Republican Party Chairman Tim Callanan resigned this week so that he could endorse GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

Callanan has served as chairman for three years. Callanan said he resigned because the county party rules state that the chairman cannot endorse a candidate in a competitive Republican Primary.

"This is not an easy decision," Callanan posted on the county party's Facebook page. "I love this organization and what we have accomplished. We took a dysfunctional party that was both financially and organizationally bankrupt and turned it into one of the most influential county parties in the state."

Callanan helped draft the rule, which prohibits the chairman to endorse a candidate.

"I have read the plans of all candidates, and there is only one that is both bold enough to change the direction of this county yet realistic enough to get congressional and public support," he said. "That plan is Rick Santorum's. I know Rick. He is an honorable man, a dedicated husband and father, and a born leader."

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