Vito Canuso, the chairman of the city's Republican Party for more than a decade, announced his intention to resign Tuesday night at the GOP's spring fundraiser in Northeast Philadelphia. He indicated state Rep. John Taylor – the only surviving member of the party's delegation in the state House -- had agreed to take the position.
Canuso's last election to the chairman's post in 2010 was contested by party dissidents and ultimately ruled invalid by the state Republican organization, a dispute that continued to percolate with the dissident faction electing another man, Rick Hellberg, to the same position.
But sources said Hellberg has agreed to step aside for Taylor, who is widely respected in both factions of the local GOP.
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