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INDIANAPOLIS– It's been a week of radio silence since Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb announced his upcoming departure.

While Gov. Mike Pence said Thursday he wasn't surprised by the resignation, he clearly didn't have anyone lined up for the job.

"I'm looking for a Republican," he joked. "Fortunately we've got a very deep bench. Our party is in very strong shape."

Pence said he has interviewed candidates – both male and female - for various roles, and expects to make a decision in days, not weeks.

Holcomb's last day is July 9.

While the state committee – with representation from all nine congressional districts – officially makes the selection of a new chairman, it is tradition to follow a recommendation from the governor.

Pence said he is looking for a person of integrity who can fundraise and be an effective advocate for his agenda.

"I'm looking for someone who loves the Republican Party, loves to be at picnics and chicken dinners, and shares my affection for people who take the time out of their busy lives to volunteer all over the state of Indiana to participate," he said.

In addition to Holcomb's top post, several other key officials stepped down, including the vice chair and executive director.

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