Iowa GOP chairman says he won’t step down

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Responding to questions about his leadership, the chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa says he staying put.

Chairman A.J. Spiker sent out an email to Republicans on Friday saying he enjoys being chairman and is proud of the work that he’s done. He says he has “no plans to slow down.”

Spiker has come under fire recently from some top Republicans in the state. Two county GOP organizations recently called on Spiker to resign.

Spiker has been criticized for conflicts over scheduling the 2014 state convention and caucuses.

Spiker and his supporters at the state party headquarters are followers of libertarian Ron Paul, who have clashed with Republican Gov. Terry Branstad on how to manage state and party affairs.

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