GOP city committee chairman: I will resign

Vito Canuso, chairman of the city GOP committee, says he will step down. WILLIAM F. STEINMETZ, File / Staff Photographer

Philadelphia Republican City Committee Chairman Vito F. Canuso Jr is planning to resign his position at a formal meeting some time after the municipal primary, he told me in a telephone interview this morning.

Canuso, who has led the party for almost two decades, said, “It was time for me to move on. Hopefully, it will resolve a lot of uncertainties and be for the better of the party.”

Contrary to some reports floating on Facebook and other social media, Canuso has not yet resigned, he told me.

He expects 177th Legislative District State Rep. John Taylor to succeed him as Chair and for Philadelphia Director for the State GOP Joseph DeFelice to become the Executive Director.

Canuso offered these parting words of advice: “I am encouraged that people want to participate and help the situation,” adding, ”I hope they will be able to deliver on their expectations.”

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