We Are At War

Make no mistake, we are at war. Emboldened by their victory in last year’s NC Supreme Court and legislative races, the democrat party is once again making plans to reestablish its political dominion over North Carolina in the fall of 2020.

Liberal and progressive operatives are already at work undermining the North Carolina General Assembly, challenging nearly every Republican initiative in the state and federal court systems. The democrats have hired agitators who roam from venue to venue seeking to disrupt conservative groups and political events, knowing the traditional media outlets will provide ample coverage of their negative messaging.

This is no time for the NCGOP to be divided internally or to be dormant as the party controlling the legislature and most local jurisdictions. To the contrary, this is the time for action!  Two special Congressional elections and important municipal elections are coming later this year, and filing for the 2020 election cycle will be upon us in December.

This is the time to bring new voters into the party- citizens from minority populations and younger voters, now coming of age. We need to be recruiting strong conservative candidates to run for local and state-level offices. We need to be organizing new county, judicial, and congressional district jurisdictions for future success. We should be actively engaging in voter outreach, especially in the minority populations. By using the right tools and automation, our volunteers can make major strides toward winning all major races in 2020 and beyond.

As a former field grade Cavalry officer in the U.S. Army, I know how to organize for combat and how to lead troops from the front. As the next NCGOP leader, I will quickly organize and equip our great District, County, and Precinct talent for battle with our democrat opposition. We will campaign on all fronts– in the media, in government circles, and especially in the trenches –where we will encounter the most ardent socialists and anarchists. We will prevail!

This is the time to build up our recent grass roots efforts to re-establish a conservative super-majority in the NC General Assembly.  We must sustain NCGA conservative dominance, and begin executing now to win back the Governor’s mansion in 2020, along with all the council of state positions. We must begin the deliberate planning now to win important races in the Appeals and Supreme Courts in 2020, and to win back the NC Supreme Court at our first opportunity in 2022.


Learn more about Jim Womack here.

Winning Back the State Supreme Court

During the 2016 General Election, there were several pivotal statewide elections that merited special support and vigilance on the part of the NCGOP leadership. Three pivotal races we lost were the governor, attorney general, and supreme court associate justice races. This article pertains to the supreme court race.

Any time an organization like the NCGOP suffers a humiliating defeat, it is incumbent on the party to perform an after action review to determine just what went wrong and how to prevent a recurrence in future elections. Following the 2014 debacle – in which we lost all three associate justice races – the governing body of the NCGOP performed no such analysis.  This analytical oversight led to a repeat loss in the 2016 associate justice race (Bob Edmunds).    That mistake alone should have been grounds for electing a new leader for the party.  It put conservative, Republican Party jurists in the minority on our high court. 

Incredulous as it may seem, our current Chairman blamed the general assembly for the loss and grossly underestimated our vulnerability to losing Justice Barbara Jackson’s seat in 2018.  In a recorded debate in 2017, Chairman Hayes blandly dismissed the Jackson race as a simple task of labeling her with an “R” on the ballot.  Well, Chairman Hayes was proven wrong, yet again- worsening our posture on the high court.  Now, with Chief Justice Martin’s sudden departure, we are at a 6-1 disadvantage on the court, and that one associate justice (Paul Newby) is in a fight to keep at least one Republican our the State Supreme Court.  This is a travesty!

We simply MUST put together an action plan to reverse the strategic mistakes our leaders have made the past three election cycles.  But first, we need to elect a new, energetic NCGOP Chairman who can execute such a plan and never allow such a tragedy to be repeated. 

Next, we must recognize the need to mobilize conservative voters for the 2020 election- perhaps the most pivotal general election in the nation’s history.  I will arm the districts,  counties, and precincts with the media and tools to educate and inform voters about all council of state and judicial candidates so we have a fighting chance to win every race.

As Chairman, I will personally consult with our judicial candidates to synchronize our collective work on their campaigns.  I will make sure their signs and campaign materials are widely circulated early in the campaign (a major improvement over what happened with the Edmunds and Jackson races).  I will conduct targeted issues polling to ensure we are shaping voter opinions about the judicial races in bellwether  jurisdictions.  Finally, I will share the tips and best practices we’ve observed all across the state so counties and precincts can achieve the results we know we need to win victory. Then, immediately following the election, we will perform a deliberate post-mortem analysis of the election’s lessons learned and adjust our planning for the 2022 NC Supreme Court races.

Under my leadership, we will win the 2020 and 2022 races, setting our sights on taking back control of the High Court in 2022.  We will prevail!


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Legislative Caucus Money

Background: The North Carolina General Assembly voted in 2015 to authorize the NC House and Senate political conferences to move their funds out from under the management of the NCGOP. The state senate moved its funds in 2016, during the tenure of Chairman Hasan Harnett. On May 23, 2017, the NC House of Representatives GOP Caucus also voted to move its funds from management by the NCGOP to an independent account, not under management of or reporting by the NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes.  At some point in 2017-2018, the accounts were re-established under the management supervision and reporting of the NCGOP. 

The Rationale: Barring a statement from the Speaker of the House, President Pro Tem of the Senate, or testimony from GOP Caucus insiders, the rationale for past movement of caucus money in and out of NCGOP management and control is elusive.  Speculation is that “trust,” or lack thereof, was the primary factor.  More recently, legislative leaders have articulate concerns that the failure of the NCGOP to raise funds for its internal operations put the caucus money at risk.  Recent reports from key legislators indicate the NCGOP Chairman and Executive Director are putting pressure on GOP Caucus leaders to transfer or loan money to the NCGOP to continue current operations.  If this reporting is accurate, we should be ashamed. 

Conclusion: It is the prerogative of the General Assembly caucus’ to manage their money in manner that best suits their needs. Jim Womack respects the legislative authority of the NCGA to co-mingle funds with the respective parties or to manage them independently.  North Carolina has perhaps the finest legislature in the country. That same General Assembly is chiefly responsible for enabling the amazing turnaround of this state’s economic fortunes since 2009. Moving GOP caucus money to an independent account is a trivial matter in comparison to the superb legislative record of this body.  I fully support the decisions of our GOP caucus leaders to manage their funds in whatever manner they may choose.  As the future NCGOP Chairman, I pledge never to put pressure on the House and Senate GOP leadership to manage their funds under NCGOP supervision or to transfer those funds for internal NCGOP use. 

NCGOP and Technology

The State Plan of Organization fails to address technology and its use in conducting the business of the NCGOP.  This is a serious deficiency that I will remediate immediately upon assuming the role as Party Chairman.

Proper application of technology is vital to our future survival as a party. There is no substitute for going door-to-door, shaking hands and campaigning for Republicans; but there are numerous means of complementing those efforts to reach the ‘connected’ voters in a more efficient and productive manner.

First and foremost, we need to maintain static and dynamic content on our NCGOP website much more effectively. It has been poorly maintained for years. I will assign responsibility for its future maintenance and personally check it daily to ensure it meets standards in educating and informing party operatives and the general public on our events, our message and our brand.

It is an NCGOP state-level responsibility to receive the statewide voter registration database and merge that data in with other authoritative commercial sources that can help us know all about the state’s prospective voter base. With proper management of that data, using appropriate application software, we will enable our county and precinct leaders to prepare useful walk and call plans that optimize their outreach in voter registration drives and get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts. This one improvement, alone, would have changed the outcome in the Governor’s race in 2016 and the Supreme Court races in both 2016 and 2018.

It is also an NCGOP party responsibility to share best practices in the use of digital methods across the state.  Very little has been done to share best practices in use of social media, mass communications, and emerging new media for messaging and voter outreach.

Inside the NCGOP we have several cutting edge practitioners of 21st Century application, data and communications technologies who are eager and willing to share their expertise to help the NCGOP grow and prosper. Within 60 days after being elected, I will form a task force that brings this expertise together to develop a strategic technology plan we will execute to win, and win convincingly in the 2020 election cycle.

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Servant Leadership in NCGOP

The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.”
Robert K. Greenleaf – “The Servant as Leader”

History teaches us the North Carolina Republican Party is most effective when its leadership consists of servant leaders- those county, district, and state chairpersons who lead by example, who lead from the front, and who sacrifice their time and treasures to promote conservative values and candidates.

We owe it to our two million members to elect servant leaders who will set aggressive goals and objectives for precinct organization, party growth, and voter turnout. Our servant leaders should personally ensure that precincts and counties are armed with the tools and technologies to achieve those goals and objectives. This means our leaders must travel around to our counties, attend meetings, and actively participate in local party activities. Our state and district leaders should be accountable for ensuring precincts and counties are properly educated, trained and equipped to achieve our goals and objectives in accordance with our Plan of Organization.

We should be staffing our state Executive and Central Committees with servant leaders who faithfully attend called meetings and who actively offer and share ideas for improving the productivity of the party. These leaders must be tireless in processing bottom-up requests for resolutions, platform changes, and Plan of Organization modifications. They should be transparent in their deliberations and responsible back to the counties and precincts, who are the lifeblood of our state organization.

Our servant leaders must also be fiscally responsible to party members. They ensure we raise sufficient funds to sustain essential party activities and that cash flows are managed to maintain continuity of operations. Good servant leaders do not prostrate rank and file members of our party with unnecessary financial burdens: that kind of financial malfeasance discourages party activism, erodes the base, and causes disaffection with the party in general. Effective servant leaders find creative ways to brand and sell the party. They balance the sourcing of revenues among prospective contributors who derive value from conservative governance.

Finally, servant leaders put the party’s needs ahead of their own. Servant leaders are not afraid to stand on principle and they are unabashed in their defense of traditional American values. They believe in the North Carolina Republican Party and strive to make it the best such organization in the country. They work tirelessly to build the image of conservatism – from top to bottom – and reject attempts to co-opt the NCGOP for ulterior motives.

Aren’t you ready for servant leaders to guide and direct the NCGOP Executive Team over the next few years?


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NCGOP Strategic Planning

Corporate executives extol the virtues of strategic planning within their organizations. The by-product of a deliberate planning process, strategic plans synthesize diverse planning guidance, threat, operational, and administrative data into a coherent document to guide the organization towards achievement of long-range goals and objectives. Most major corporations have well developed processes for planning. They produce sophisticated, comprehensive strategic plans to ensure their organizations fulfill their organizational purpose and compete effectively in highly competitive markets.

If the NCGOP has a strategic plan, it is a well-kept secret. There is little evidence the leadership team of the NCGOP does short-term planning, much less long-range strategic planning. Frankly, there’s little evidence of any planning above the County level. That is, in part, understandable given the ever-changing geography of the Congressional District organizations; but there is no excuse for the absence of a state-level strategic plan. Worse yet, there’s no evidence the NCGOP has long-range goals and objectives of any type, much less a plan to achieve them.

As an Army (Joint Operations, Plans and Execution System) JOPES-certified strategic planner, I recognize the necessity of setting short-term and long-term goals for the party; goals for numerical growth, winning elections, raising money, organizing precincts, increasing member participation, etc. I also know just how important it is to use our knowledge base, available technologies, and human resources to achieve those goals. Merely hoping for our party to get stronger and more effective is insufficient. To quote one of my great Army mentors, “Hope is not a method.”

For us to beat our democrat adversaries in future elections, the NCGOP must produce a strategic plan addressing the 2020 and 2022 election cycles. This plan should clearly establish the growth and coordination needed for our party to sustain its supermajority in the NC General Assembly, while resourcing efforts to increase our Council of State dominance and to retake the Governor’s mansion in 2020. We also need to be planning and recruiting to increase conservative seats on the NC Supreme Court in 2020 and to win back conservative control of the High Court in 2022. All fundraising and staffing efforts should be applied to the priorities that derive from the strategic plan.

Now, the NCGOP can learn from the tragic mistakes made in planning and resourcing the 2016 and 2018 election cycles; or we can sit back and watch history repeat itself in coming elections. I don’t know any active Republican who genuinely thinks our results were acceptable.  Losing the Governor’s race in 2016 by just a few thousand votes was shameful.  Losing the Supreme Court in 2016, then exacerbating those losses in 2018 is near cataclysmic. We simply cannot afford any future blunders like these. With competent leaders and smart strategic planning, the NCGOP can and will do better, beginning with a change in leadership in June 2019.


Responsibilities of the NCGOP Chairman

The Chairman of the NCGOP is accountable to rank and file Republicans for several things:

  1. Resourcing and leading the party to victory in elections, local through federal;
  2. Messaging and branding the NCGOP so we grow the party’s numbers across the state;
  3. Directing the fundraising efforts of the party to sustain stable operations and to resource the party’s needs;
  4. Ensuring the party’s governance structure is properly balanced and carried out in accordance with the State Plan of Organization; and
  5. Communicating effectively with the party’s leadership from precinct to state level so everyone is kept informed about political matters and to synchronize our respective party activities.

Recent NCGOP leaders have not performed the above five imperatives.

Results Matter. The results of the 2016 and 2018 election cycles are, by themselves, grounds for an immediate change in party leadership.  They are accountable for losing three of the four most pivotal races on the ballot in 2016- the Governor’s race, the Attorney General’s race, and the NC Supreme Court Associate Justice race.  Losing those three positions assured our legislature would be neutralized in the courts and by executive branch recalcitrance for the following four years. These results have slowed the growth of our economy, delayed the reduction of cumbersome regulations, and stymied initiatives protecting traditional American values.  The disaster of the 2018 mid-term elections compounded those 2016 failures. We lost all state governance leverage when we lost our legislative super-majority. We lost another very winnable Associate Justice race in 2018 putting us in danger of losing every Supreme Court seat (in 2020) for the first time in the modern era.  In March 2019, we will be in the minority on the Appeals Court as well, because of our mishandling of those races in 2018.

These losses are nothing short of a travesty. Yet, we need not have suffered the defeats; all the races could have been won had our leadership been more resourceful, vigilant, and supportive of grass roots initiatives and had they worked effectively as political advisors to our elected public leaders.  If President Trump had not been so influential in getting North Carolina’s conservative unaffiliated voters to register and vote Republican, we might have lost even more winnable races that were closely contested in 2016. Several of our council of state races were decided by the coattail effects of our newly elected President who brought 80,000 new registered Republicans into the party between July and November 2016, new registrants who voted for our down ballot candidates. We cannot rely exclusively on President Trump’s coattails in 2020. The NCGOP will have to out-perform the Democrats for our Republican candidates to win going forward.

If we want the North Carolina Republican Party to be successful in growing and winning future elections we have to elect a new Chairman who will change the way we’re doing business. We must move past the notion that elections are won exclusively by securing large contributions, compelling us to elect the Chairman candidate with the biggest rolodex of back-slapping buddies.  No, if we are to win important future elections, we need a strategic-thinking Chairman with strong business acumen.  We need a Chairman with the motivation, drive and natural leadership skills to re-energize the base and bring new registrants into the party.  And in the end, we must hold the new Chairman accountable for achieving results.


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A Defense of the Former Party Chairman

Background: Throughout early 2016, members of the NCGOP received disturbing reports from party officials about Republican Party Chairman Hasan Harnett. Some of the allegations were that he had hacked into the party’s financial accounts and web site, which could have been criminal acts. These reports were accompanied by messages from the Chairman, himself, who complained about being locked out of the NCGOP headquarters and his email account- which would prevent him from doing his job. Eventually, the Central Committee of the NCGOP met and voted to petition the party’s Executive Committee to convene a trial of Mr. Harnett, at which time they would take a vote to dismiss him as Chairman. A generalized list of allegations was provided to the Executive Committee. The trial was convened on April 30, 2016, a date Mr. Harnett was scheduled to be out of the country on business travel. He was tried in absentia.

The Allegation: Jim Womack was alleged to be a vigorous supporter of Mr. Harnett and that he acted as Chairman Harnett’s advocate in the April 30, 2016 trial. Womack is alleged to have defended Harnett’s actions as Chairman, seeking to prevent his dismissal. It is alleged more than 2/3 of the Executive Committee voted to discharge Mr. Harnett from his duties as Chairman.

The Truth: Indeed, Jim Womack supported Chairman Hasan Harnett because he was the duly elected leader of the NCGOP, elected by acclamation during the NCGOP convention in 2015. Throughout March and April 2016, Womack queried central committee members about their claims of Harnett’s malfeasance. Womack was provided nothing of substance that would rise to the level of disloyalty or gross inefficiency.

When Womack discovered Harnett was not going to be offered legal assistance and that he was to be tried in absentia, Womack offered to step in as an advocate to afford Mr. Harnett due process as typically assured in our legal system (and by Roberts Rules of Order).

Womack discovered the Central Committee had violated our state Plan of Organization in convening the trial and he challenged the legitimacy of the trial on the grounds that Roberts Rules were being circumvented in denying Harnett the ability to be present and to speak on his own behalf.

During the trial, the presiding officer liberally allowed hearsay information from the prosecution; but Womack was frequently interrupted and scolded during his defense of Harnett for being argumentative. He was not allowed to fully present Harnett’s case. Robert’s Rules were waived in the trial to disallow matters of extenuation and mitigation that would have helped Mr. Harnett’s case.

Mr. Harnett was not given a fair trial and he was denied due process. In the end, fewer than 200 members present in the room voted to oust the Chairman, not nearly the majority of the Executive Committee that is required by our state Plan of Organization for taking such action.

Conclusion: Jim Womack’s defense of Chairman Hasan Harnett was a noble attempt to protect the will of the voters from the 2015 NCGOP convention and to ensure due process for our elected leader. Womack mounted the best defense that was possible, under the circumstances, and stood to gain nothing from defending the Chairman.


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Lee County’s Conservative & Veterans Ballot

Background: The Lee County Conservative Ballot Political Action Committee decided to make a slight change in its approach to electing conservatives in 2016. In the interest of encouraging cross-over votes from unaffiliated and democrat veterans, the ballot title was changed to read “Conservative and Veterans Ballot.” All veterans – most of whom who were Republicans -were identified in red, and all Republican judges were identified by party, including Justice Edmunds. Approximately 8,000 of these ballots were printed and distributed by conservative volunteers at both early voting sites and at all ten precincts on election day. Hundreds of these ballots were distributed to democrat and unaffiliated veterans and the vast majority of Republican voters entering the precincts. These ballots were so disturbing to the local democrat party that one member suggested bringing baseball bats to the polling places to stop this ballot from being distributed, if necessary.

The Allegation: A complaint was filed with the NCGOP that this ballot was misleading and possibly a violation of the Plan of Organization in that it identified veterans of other parties and might cause some votes to vote for those candidates. As the creator of this sample ballot, the complaint was against Mr. Womack.

The Truth: Jim Womack and the conservative ballot committee carefully weighed the consequences of identifying veterans on our conservative ballot for the first time- this was an unprecedented sample ballot in the state. In sample polling, the team discovered most voters, regardless of party, wanted to see who the veterans were. At least 2000 of these ballots were given to unaffiliated and democrat voters, many of whom who were veterans themselves. Notably, all candidates who were recommended with a darkened circle were Republicans, without exception. While all veterans were identified, only Republicans were recommended for a vote. This was the only conservative sample ballot being distributed in Lee County that contained all races and that correctly identified all Republican judges.

Conclusion: Despite Lee County being democrat-dominated, this ballot was a huge success in swinging cross-over voters. All Republican judges won their races, including NC Supreme Court justice Edmunds by more than 3 points. Trump won by a 13-point landslide. McCrory won by 6.5 points. The Senate and House races were landslides for Burr and Walker- both winning by 13 points. Council of State races for AG, Agriculture, Labor, Superintendent, Treasurer, and Insurance were all won by Republicans with comfortable margins. In every case for statewide races, the conservative and veterans ballot helped swing voters to Republican veterans.


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