PRESS RELEASE from the Republican National Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                CONTACT:        Press Office
May 1, 2008                                                                                                               


WASHINGTON – Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Robert M. “Mike” Duncan today announced that U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA-22) will serve as Chairman of the 2008 Republican Platform Committee and Steven Duffield will serve as the Committee’s Executive Director. 

“As our Party continues to work tirelessly to elect John McCain in November, I am confident that Congressman McCarthy will effectively lead this committee to develop a forward-looking platform – grounded in Republican principles – that advocate common-sense solutions to our nation’s challenges,” Duncan said.  “Our Party is united in our support for Senator McCain, and we are united around the core Republican values of fiscal responsibility, national security, and individual responsibility.

The Republican Party Platform Committee – comprises one man and one woman from each state and territory – will meet in Minneapolis, Minn., during the last week of August to help outline the Party’s key positions and core values.  A Republican Governor and U.S. Senator will serve as Co-Chairs of the Committee and will be announced at a later date.

Kevin McCarthy was elected to Congress in 2006 after being elected Republican Leader in the California State Assembly – the first freshman Republican ever elected to the post in the state.  In Congress, McCarthy serves on the House Financial Services Committee and House Administration Committee; as well as the Republican Steering Committee.

“Our Party is unified around John McCain’s candidacy, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Republicans across the nation, through traditional means as well as new interactive technologies, to ensure that our platform reflects that unity,” McCarthy said.

Steven Duffield formerly served as a senior policy adviser and chief counsel to Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ), both at the Senate Republican Policy Committee and Senate Republican Conference.  Duffield has played instrumental roles in the efforts to confirm the President’s judicial nominees, in particular Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito.