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  Pederson resigns as Iowa state Democratic chair
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Last EditedCOSDem  Nov 15, 2006 04:12pm
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News DateWednesday, November 15, 2006 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionLt. Gov. Sally Pederson resigned today as chairwoman of the Iowa Democratic party to work with Gov. Tom Vilsack on his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The announcement came a week after Democrats seized control of the Legislature and the governor's office.

"Just six days ago, Tom and Christie Vilsack announced the beginning of their journey on the road to the White House," said Pederson, in a letter to members of the party's State Central Committee. "That is a journey and an adventure I am eager to join. Therefore it is time now for me to step down as chair of the party."

Des Moines lawyer Rob Tully, the number two ranking leader of the party, will take over as interim chairman of the party.

Tully, a former chairman of the party, and Des Moines physician Andrea McGuire were names that were mentioned as potential replacements for Pederson. Pederson's resignation is effective today, and the election of a new party leader will be held at a meeting of the Central Committee on Dec. 2.
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