Friday, November 7, 2008
OP or GOP, the choice is yours.
Yesterday I wrote about a few names that were mentioned in the mix to be the next chair of the Republican Party in our country, most of you took the time to bash candidates and staffers. Nice job folks, really classy, but please tell me how the heck that helps us fix the problems within our Party. Your behavior is sickening, and its people like you who need to go away and never be heard from again.
Today I’m writing about the next chair of the Republican Party in Iowa. I hope you can find a little self discipline and actually discuss the topic that I’m writing about. I also hope that you find a way to be constructive, so keep the personal vendettas to yourself.
I hadn’t planned on writing on this topic so soon. The State Central Committee doesn’t meet until the first Saturday of December so I thought I had a little more time. However with today’s announcement that current Chairman Stewart Iverson is stepping down, and Ted Sporer’s announcement on Steve Deace’s radio program yesterday that he is seeking the position, I guess now is the time to have this discussion.
First we need to understand the process.
The first action that must be taken by the SCC is a 10 day notice that there is going to be a chair and co-chair election. That means for them to elect a chair at their December 6th meeting, notice will have to be served around Thanksgiving. I don’t think this is going to be any big secret, but if they don’t elect a new chair in December it will be obvious that the SCC and the powers that be are still searching for an acceptable candidate.
After notice is filed, it will take nine votes to elect the chair. There are 17 people who are allowed to vote for the chair and co-chair. They are the 15 members of the SCC and the National Committeeman, and National Committeewoman. Now I get the sense that this time around people, meaning county activist would like to have time to lobby and talk to their local SCC members about the candidates and potential candidates.
The following are the candidates that I have heard that are or may be interested in the position. Please note my comments below do not represent an endorsement or anti-endorsement of any candidate, I added those for educational purposes only.
Ted Sporer – Polk County Chairman, former SCC member. It is no secret that Sporer has long wanted the job. His recent write up on his blog is a great write up which I would encourage you all to read. Sporer has a boxer’s mentality and desperately wants to take the fight to the Democrats. While no one will disagree with that, some people might be turned off at Sporer’s rhetoric, while other might find it refreshing. Sporer is a veteran of the Party and knows how it operates, and he has produced some very solid ideas in the past. Sporer would find an easier path to the chairmanship if he could point to some previous successes. He did address that issues yesterday on the radio, and I only bring that up because that’s what I hear on the streets.
Danny Carroll – Former Legislator. Carroll’s name was mentioned as a possible replacement in the last chair election but I believe he was sick or didn’t follow through on his bid. Now some will say that there is no way we should select a person who has loss two consecutive house campaigns to the top spot at the Party. While I understand the point, I think Carroll deserves consideration just like every other potential candidate. Carroll can attest firsthand the power of the Democrats early voting machine as he has won both campaigns on Election Day, only to see him lose once the absentees are counted.
Marlys Popma – Former RPI ED, McCain/Nussle Staffer. I found it interesting that her name was mentioned to me on the same day the Des Moines Register posted a story about her considering her retirement from party politics. While some will see her name and think it’s the Party continuing a rightward drift, some people think she is the choice of the establishment of the party. It seems odd but you have to consider that she worked for McCain and Nussle, so she’s a known commodity to the people who were involved in those campaigns. She also has served as the party’s Executive Director twice, so like Sporer she understands the inner workings of the Party.
Please keep your discussions civil folks; let’s discuss what needs to be done to win elections without eating our own. Whoever the chair is they will need to be able to serve as the Party’s spokesperson, fundraiser, and organizer. Personally, I think we need a chair that’s committed to changing the mechanics of the party apparatus. I think Republican’s 72 hour program is good, but it needs to be combined with 5 month turnout plan that includes neighborhood canvassing, and voter registration efforts.
For Iowa Republicans to be successful we need more than a chair who gets it, more than new strategy, we need everyone to buy in to the system and work for a common goal, victories on Election Night. Until we go that we are the OP, not the GOP.
Posted by Krusty at Friday, November 07, 2008