Yeah, so the Establishment is trying to get the upper hand: shhh…we’ll keep this quiet…..and then someone released what they wanted to the Union Leader. I was waiting for this to happen: Folks are asking Jack Kimball to step down from being Chair of the NH GOP. And since this story went live, I have gotten all kinds of calls and emails. My sources said that the following back story was supposed to be kept quiet, as a bunch of folks (maybe 20?) were involved in the following offer process – and now getting outed to me as they are getting second thoughts about this offer. And then the Establishment (and one Opportunist) turned around and let the story go to the UL.
Here is more of the story that you didn’t read in the UL. It seems that Speaker Bill O’Brien and Jennifer Horn visited Jack at his office in Portsmouth on Friday. Their purpose? Verbiage from Bill: "Peter Bragdon, the NH National delegation, and the Republican Governors Association have asked me to ask you to step down". But that was not all. Like all things political, influence plays a role. And so does money. In this case, lots of promised money. However, like money from the Federal Government to the States, this would come with big strings attached….think large ship hawser type chains.
We all know about losing the special elections. We all know about the troubles raising money for the State Party. We also know that Jack has made errors since assuming the Chairmanship. And the rumor is that he signed a petition to allow the Libertarian Party on the ballot. But those do not sum up to this; the demand was made on Friday. And there are those that would say more.
Those chains? A Hundred Thousand Dollars from the RGA. And more from our Republican members of the State Delegation: Kelly Ayotte, Charlie Bass, and Frank Guinta. To the NH GOP. To be used to help fund State level races in the House and Senate, according to my sources.
So here is the perfect example of complaining that Jack can’t raise money even as they propose to to withhold the money.
But only if Jack resigns. He resigns, a 6 figure deal. He fights it – zippo. So, the Establishment GOP is willing to lose seats by denying grassroots money to succesfully run? That is a declaration of all out war on the TEA Party, 912ers, and Liberty and Freedom legislators in the NH State House that helped to give the GOP a super majority this term. Which, in turn, helped to give Bill O’Brien the Speakership.
You know, there’s a legal term for that – and all the lawyers know what that term is. So do a lot of other folks on the other side of the law (it is rather illegal). A big quid pro quo.
Am I shocked? In some ways, no. In others, yes. Time and time again, I have heard Jerry Delemus, Chair of the Granite State Patriot Liberty PAC say over and over that we have to get integrity back into politics. Speaker O’Brien has also said the same. Sorry, but this is not a great example for "integrity". It’s a great anti-definition.
Extortion – no money for supporting our legislators’ races. Sold out by their leadership. Thirty pieces of silver.
You know, I don’t do politics just to be chummy / chummy with people in high places. Rather, the ‘Grok tries to support, as much as we can, people who espouse Conservative Principles, uphold the Constitution (both of them), and are of high integrity. If this severs those relationships, so be it. After all, our unofficial motto is "Thank’em when they’re right and spank’em when they’re not."
I got lots of paddles….