Sen. Mitch McConnell will open Republican National Convention


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will open the Republican National Convention later this month as its temporary chairman.

McConnell’s appointment to the post was announced Saturday by Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus.

McConnell will be temporary chairman until the convention picks a permanent chairman, which is usually one of the first orders of business at the party gathering.

“Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is an excellent leader of our party, and I am proud to recommend him as temporary chairman of the convention,” Priebus said in a statement. He added that McConnell’s leadership of the Senate Republicans “is steadfast.”

“We couldn’t be happier that he will be assisting our convention and making sure we send America’s comeback team to the White House,” the GOP chairman said.

McConnell said in his own statement that he was honored to serve as the temporary chairman.

“Our country faces such difficult circumstances with our weak economy and out of control spending that we must defeat President Obama in November,” the Kentuckian said. “I’m confident that the Romney-Ryan ticket will be able to turn things around and that begins at the Republican National Convention.”

Material from the Louisville Courier-Journal was used in this report.