Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett to Retire in May

Bob Bennett, the Ohio Republican Party chairman, has formally informed GOP leaders that he will be retiring effective May 31. However, Bennett plans to stay involved in politics through 2014, when statewide officeholders are to be elected.

Bennett announced his intentions to retire in a letter.

Bennett served as Ohio's GOP chairman from 1988 to 2009, and returned in 2012 after supporters of Gov. John Kasich ousted former chairman Kevin DeWine. Bennett subsequently won a two-year term as chairman, but said that he wanted to let a successor be in place before the 2014 elections.

Bennett has reportedly asked members of the Republican State Central Committee to allow him to serve as "chairman emeritus". His successor would determine his duties.

The Ohio Republican Party's executive director, Matt Borges, is planning to pursue Bennett's job.