Rep. David Osborne to replace Lt. Gov. candidate K.C. Crosbie as GOP finance chair

03/12/2014 03:02 PM

K.C. Crosbie resigned as finance chairman for the Republican Party of Kentucky as she has begun her run on the first GOP ticket in 2015 gubernatorial race and will be replaced by Rep. David Osborne, R-Crestwood.

In a statement, Republican Party of Kentucky chairman Steve Robertson thanked Crosbie for her time in the volunteer position and stated that he had accepted her resignation.

When Republican Hal Heiner and Crosbie announced their ticket last week, Crosbie told Pure Politics said she would be open to leaving the finance chairman post. She also serves as national committeewoman for the Republican Party of Kentucky and said she didn’t have any plans to step down from that post.

Crosbie’s decision to step down comes ahead of a Republican Party central executive committee meeting in which the issue of Crosbie serving as the party’s chief fundraiser while running on a gubernatorial slate was expected to come up.

Robertson said that Osborne was the right replacement for the position because of his past and present fundraising efforts and his dedication to flipping the House in 2014, sentiments that Osborne echoed in a statement about accepting the new role.

“I am honored to assume this important position of leadership in the Republican Party of Kentucky and plan to work diligently to help our party reach its goals. We have an incredible opportunity to flip the house to Republican control this year, and I am eager to help our party make history and take back the majority for the first time in almost a century,” Osborne said in the statement.

While it’s somewhat unusual for sitting lawmakers to serve in state political party positions, it isn’t unprecedented. For instance, state Rep. Susan Westrom served as the Democratic Party’s chairman in 2003 while serving in the state House.

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