About That Chairman of the NHGOP Works For Free Thing…

by Steve MacDonald

half mast GOP FlagAnyone ever wonder what possible advantage there might be to keeping the job of Republican Party Chairman of New Hampshire as an unpaid position?  I’m sure there are people with a pat answer but I have a theory.

Seems to me that this would guarantee that only well-connected, moderate party insiders could ever hold the job.  People who’ve earned it instead of people who’d actually work for their paycheck.  People who have to know people to raise any money as opposed to someone who would raise money like their paycheck depended on it.  Hardly what I’d call a governing conservative principle, passing the job along like a crown because the only people who can afford to do it don’t need the money it might otherwise pay were it a paid position.

And having delegates vote for the chairman only seems to work if the people who hand off the crown like the person they voted for.

The only guy elected to the job recently, who coincidentally was not a well-connected moderate party insider, was thrown out by the other well-connected party insiders in a coup–the end result of which was the promotion of a prominent party insider and another Cullen-esqe NHGOP collapse.   (Yes, Sununu did well, but he was more the beneficiary of a TEA Party wave election against Obama-Pelosi-Reid-Inc that would have occurred with or without him–and he still failed to get a GOP governor–so disregarding that one outlier….how about we try something different.)

You know what they say.  “Doing the same thing and expecting different results…?”

I think the NHGOP EC and the delegates need to toss out the crown and agree to pay the next chairman.  Then they should reach out to every energetic qualified candidate willing to vie for the job and get them on the ballot.   Then let the delegates vote.  And let the vote stand.


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  • Van

    I vote for paid positions. I think we need a young person that will use high technology to get out the vote effort. There were multiple democrat poll checkers here in Bow with smart phones and laptops and just 1 GOP poll checker with just a spread sheet and who knows what to do with the data. Mitt Romney won Bow Big Time from 7:00 AM to 2:30 PM after school let out the teachers and women from 18-30 came in droves from 3-5.

    I bet a lot of calling was going on.

    The GOP conservative message wins but we need dramatically better get out the vote effort even if we have to pay skilled people.

  • JP

    Steve you are “right on” there are many of us who would run for the office if we could be paid. The elite of the party will continue to run it until those of us who feel there is a need for a change actually have a chance to win the seat. I for one believe that the NH GOP did little or nothing during this election. Too bad we can not convince our arch enemy the Chair of the Dem. State Committee to switch sides, at least we would have a leader who understands what needs to be done, not only to support the candidates but to defeat the others. If we are to rebound from this we need to have a complete overall of the GOP.

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