First the history: When Jack Kimball surprised the establishment and won the chairmanship in 2011, and scored a small victory for conservatism, they couldn’t stop him getting the job, but they could certainly make it impossible for him to do the job, and they did. The money dried up, the stories of mismanagement began to circulate, and key figures who should have been working with Jack started to undermine him.
Finally the calls from Washington to step down came so that money could begin to flow; the turncoat delegation, headed by two-timing loser, Jennifer Horn, came not to praise the chairman, but to bury him (strictly as a friend, of course).
Now the news: Today, John DiStaso reported that Jennifer Horn would run for party chair, and that she was unopposed. Unopposed, REALLY?
Only hours earlier, DiStaso reported that several others had considered and then stepped aside, but that Cliff Hurst, who rejuvenated the Manchester GOP, and who guided the success of the blowout NHGOP victory dinner earlier this year, was in the running. Hmmm. What a difference a few hours makes – what could have happened? No need to risk losing an election and having to deal with the messy business of toppling the chairman after the fact, if you can mount a smear and fear campaign in advance, and drive your opponent out of the race ahead of time. You see, Cliff Hurst is no newcomer to politics, is good at fundraising, and is happy to criss-cross the state meeting with town committees – he might just win if not neutralized immediately.
The smears – Cliff Hurst started getting phone calls from friends that the word on the street was that he had become senile. The money drying up – Andy Leach called Cliff from Ayotte’s office to advise that, if Cliff won, there would be no help whatsoever forthcoming from DC, just as had happened to Jack Kimball in 2011.
The bullying – Ray Wieczorek, a Hurst supporter, received call after call from Jennifer Horn until he relented and agreed to support her run; the Nashua city chairman was subjected to relentless pressure until he caved. (Jennifer’s home town chair couldn’t be allowed to express other preferences – that news traveled 4000 miles from her lips to my ears.)
And the party hacks – Charlie the RINO and Fickle Frank fell in line quickly, after all, they know where the dollars come from, and who cares that Cliff Hurst worked ceaselessly to elect Frank as mayor and then congressman?
Did it matter that Wayne MacDonald, current chair, who is respected, if not charismatic, was urging Cliff to run?
It’s midnight – do you know where your party’s at? Do you know if they are on your side?
It’s time, way past time, for a genuine conservative alternative to the NHGOP with its controlling cabal based at gnome HQ, and the rules manipulated to favor the moneyed elites.