Jim Brulte

California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte addresses the group’s fall convention in Anaheim in September 2015. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Phil Willon
April 27, 2016

Lost in the excitement over the top three GOP presidential candidates dropping by this weekend’s California Republican Party convention in Northern California is a proposed rules change that could have a big impact on the party’s leadership.

Republican delegates will consider proposals to extend or remove the term limits for the post of state party chairman.

If approved, the current chairman, Jim Brulte, would be eligible to serve at least another two-year term.

Brulte, a former state Senate Republican leader from Rancho Cucamonga, took over as chairman in 2013 at a time when the party was in disarray and in massive debt. He is largely credited with helping turn around the party’s finances and plotting a course for the depleted GOP to become relevant again in California. Brulte was reelected as chairman in 2015.

“He’s done an absolutely great job,” said Michael Osborn, chairman of the Ventura County Republican Party. “It’s always been my opinion that the worst reason to get a rid of someone is because they’ve done too good a job for too long.”

Under the party’s current rules, the chairman is limited to two, two-year terms.

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