I may not have supported Jennifer Horn’s run for NHGOP chair, but I congratulate her on the win and her success means a lot to me, and to many folks who would like nothing more than for the GOP to rejuvenate itself and start winning elections with candidates of principle. In her quest, she will be ably assisted by JP Marzullo, a great campaigner and speaker in his own right, Diane Bitter, who is one of the most organized people in the party, and a superb event planner, Fran Wendelboe, and others.
HOWEVER, if Jennifer is to outraise and outspend the Democrats, she will have to do better for Finance Chair than Jim Foley, who has made clear his disdain, not just for bloggers, but for actually holding fundraisers. People who have worked with Jim this past year have experienced extreme frustration in their attempts to set up events and raise money for the party, because Jim believes that fundraisers are a waste of time and resources, and that the party faithful should just pony up. How’d that work out in 2012, eh?
In the other corner, I’d like to propose someone who has proven his ability to run an organization, is phenomenally successful at lobbying around the State House, and really knows how to throw a great fundraiser – as a bonus, he’s a supporter of Jennifer’s chairmanship. I refer, of course to Kevin Smith, formerly of Cornerstone, and most recently a gubernatorial candidate.
Free advice is often worth what you pay for it, but Finance chairs who disdain fundraisers aren’t worth a lot, either.