Saturday, Republican State Committeemen have a big decision to make in choosing the next chairman.
I won’t be voting because I’m not a state committeeman. But I can speak from close and personal experience working for a state chairman.
The 2018 midterms are right around the corner and Democrats are amassing an army of volunteers and candidates to push back against President Trump on down to local dog catcher.
President Trump and the Republican Congress have less than two years to make major changes before Democrats try to seize power back. They won’t make the same mistakes they made in 2016.
This is why Republicans need to choose a chairman who can prepare for battle.
It can’t be someone who sits around the office all week talking about how wonderful it is to be in power again.
This person must know how to raise money and work with others who have money. The AZGOP will need to amass a huge war chest of cash.
I know from personal experience that there are those in the party who have money and those who don’t. If those who have the money believe that those who don’t, cannot play well, then those who don’t have the money, won’t get the money. You simply don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
I’ve seen this happen several times at both the county and state level.
Like it or not, that’s how it works.
If county or state leadership criticizes those who have the money, the county or state party gets starved.
I’ve even seen those who have the money set up para-GOP organizations and then run their money through it just to keep it out of the hands of those in county or state leadership. They will literally starve the party to get the job done.
The next chairman needs to understand this. The next chairman needs to work very hard. The next chairman must make an effort to work well with everyone in the party.
If Republican state committeemen do not pick a competent, hard-working, principled, conservative Republican tomorrow, the AZGOP will run out of resources, become a paper tiger and lose the midterm battle in 2018.
Republicans, don’t screw this up.