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GOP names Christiansen to replace embattled Kamburowski

The California Republican Party has named Bill Christiansen to served as the interim chief operating officer, after the sudden resignation of Michael Kamburowski.

On Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Kamburowski, an Australian citizen, was ordered deported in 2001, had been placed in jail three years later for visa violations and filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government for wrongful arrest.

Following the report of his checkered immigration past, Kamburowski resigned.

Acting swiftly, the state Republican Party's board of directors huddled on Monday afternoon and voted to replace Kamburowski with Christiansen, who served as the point-man for the California Republican Party's elections efforts in 2006.

He worked as executive director of the Arizona Republican Party in 2004. Before that, he served as executive director of the Orange County Republican Party from 1994 to 2001.

Kamburowski had been the hand-picked choice of party chairman Ron Nehring, but on Monday Nehring welcomed Christiansen to the party.

"Bill Christiansen has an extensive track record of managing large and successful Republican campaign organizations for more than a decade," said Nehring in a statement. "He's the right person to direct our ongoing party building activities as we prepare for 2008."