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Decatur man may direct state GOP

By M.J. Ellington (334) 262-1104

MONTGOMERY — A Decatur man with ties to Gov. Bob Riley and U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, may be in line to lead the Alabama Republican Party.

State Republican Party Chairman Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, said Tuesday that he had sought Aderholt's permission to talk to John Ross about the state party's executive director position.

Ross is Aderholt's district representative at the congressman's Decatur office.

Hubbard said until he meets with the state Republican Party steering committee Friday morning and they give approval, he cannot comment about whether the party offered Ross the job.

"I can say that John Ross is extremely competent," Hubbard said.

Hubbard, who was chairman of Riley's inaugural committee in 2003 and again this year, said he worked with Ross on plans for Riley's first inaugural festivities.

Although no area lawmakers could confirm that Ross is under consideration for the job, several said they saw Ross in Montgomery during the past few days.

The state party's current executive director is Tim Howe, who recently announced he is leaving the post to serve in Arizona Sen. John McCain's presidential exploratory committee in Alabama.

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