BOSTON (AP) — The head of the state Republican Party is stepping down.
Massachusetts Republican State Committee chairman Robert Maginn announced in a letter to committee members on Wednesday that he would not seek re-election in January.
Maginn, a long-time ally of former governor and unsuccessful Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, was elected to the top party post in November 2011 following the departure of Jennifer Nassour.
The Boston Globe (http://b.globe.com/REuTsP ) reports that Maginn, an evangelical Christian, wrote in his letter that he had ‘‘not heard the voice of the Lord’’ calling him to seek another term.
Republicans failed to win any congressional seats in Massachusetts in last month’s election, lost a U.S. Senate seat, and a handful of seats in the state House of Representatives.