Republican Governors Consider Fate of Party Chairman Burch


DENVER, Colo., Dec. 4--Growing opposition developed among the Republican governors Friday to any attempts by their young organization to demand the ouster of the national party chairman, Dean Burch.

The 17 governors and governors-elect, seeking to put the party back on the winning track, agreed to take under study a reorganization of the national committee.

That presumably will include what to do--or not to do--about seeking the ouster of Burch, 36, a protege of Sen. Barry Goldwater.

The reorganization of the national committee is one of four topics the GOP governors have under scrutiny, according to the conference chairman, Gov. Robert Smylie of Idaho. The other three subjects deal with articles of association, drafting of statements of policy, and the question of Republican leadership. On these three matters the governors have committees.