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Bennett says he's willing to be Ohio GOP chairman

The longest-serving chairman in the history of the Ohio Republican Party says he's willing to return to the job, as party infighting has led its current chairman to announce his resignation.

Former state Chairman Bob Bennett said in a letter Friday to the party's governing body that his decades of experience could help to unite the party's focus.

Bennett says he would intend to stay through the election and get things ready for the 2014 cycle.

Current state party Chairman Kevin DeWine says he will resign next week amid feuding with Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk).

Kasich allies had recruited a slate of challengers to the party's state central committee, who they had believed would support DeWine's ouster at an April 13 meeting.

Bennett served as chairman from 1988 until 2009.