Berry, a longtime state-level officeholder, quit his job as Indiana Auditor to take over the party late in 2013. It touched off quite a series of replacements. He was replaced by Dwayne Sawyer who resigned for still unknown and untold reasons a few months later. Suzanne Crouch was appointed by Governor Pence, and she won her own term in 2014.
As GOP Chair, Berry seemed to be trucking along nicely and somewhat quietly until today. Pence's good friend Cardwell will now take over the party, and I personally think this will shift it even further right ideologically. In the Pence Administration, Cardwell was in charge of faith-based initiatives before becoming a senior adviser, and he's not shy about his Christian faith. I can't believe that won't be central to him again as he takes over the chairmanship. I could be wrong, though, and I don't mean to imply that having your faith out front makes you a bad leader. It's just that this is kind of Cardwell's thing, and I think it bears watching how he handles things.
I'm very interested to see if any whispers or rumors will escape the cone of GOP silence about why Berry suddenly became replaceable. Was there some disagreement? I'm also interested to see what happens next for Berry. This leaves him without a position in government or politics for the first time in over 16 years. It's hard to just turn things off.
One thing's for sure, it will be a different kind of leader at the head of the Indiana Republican Party than we've seen in a while.