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 a 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 a 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.

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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.

Unfortunately, our Chairman is not performing 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 responsibility.  Our leadership is 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 who has 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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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, Chairman Hayes 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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No One Gets Left Behind

During my 4 years at West Point, and throughout my 20-year Army career, one of the enduring principles ingrained in me is that “no one gets left behind.” The concept of valuing every person’s worth to the combat team and assuring each person that they were coming home at the end of the campaign persists with me today.

The North Carolina Republican Party is analogous to the combat organizations I have had the honor to lead. Our “army” is made up of many different factions- from Tea Party Patriots to Libertarians; from Cruz Constitutionalists to President Trump’s America First followers.  Truly, our base is becoming more diversified and our message must resonate across a much broader spectrum of voters than ever in our history. Unfortunately, our NCGOP leadership is not doing enough to emphasize the common virtues and values we share to unify the team so it can wage war on our opposition- the democrat party and its base of liberals and progressives -who seek to destroy our nation, one bathroom bill at a time. Our leadership team allowed identity politics to divide us in 2016, which helped give the democrats the edge they needed to win important races for governor, attorney general and the state supreme court. We left those three candidates behind, and we failed again in 2018- allowing the democrats to eliminate our super-majority in the general assembly and losing another State Supreme Court seat.  We will pay the price for those losses for the next 4-6 years.

For our party to grow and prosper in coming years, we must change the way our leadership behaves. We simply cannot continue insulating our highest level governing organization from the base of our party. We have to be more accessible to, better communicate with, and push information down to rank and file Republicans who labor endlessly at the base of our party in the precincts and counties. Every Republican in the state needs to know he or she is valued and will not be left behind. Every delegate to state and national conventions needs to know their opinions and ideas are welcomed and venerated, and that they will be given fair treatment- not rewarded by being left behind, stranded to fend for themselves.

Under my leadership the North Carolina Republican Party will never leave its workers, its delegates, or its candidates behind. We will strive for cross-faction collaboration, always aiming at the main objective, so we win every major election and reward all of our stalwart troops for their faithful service.

Please join Team Womack and help me make sure no one gets left behind!

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NCGOP Central Committee Transparency

A few years back, the NCGOP’s Central Committee experienced problems with sensitive information about its inner deliberations leaking out to the public. After some discussion about alternative remedies, this small group of party operatives decided to self-impose a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for all matters discussed within the Central Committee (CC). All members of this select group had to sign the NDA or be excluded from many important internal discussions.

Once should not fault a professional organization for seeking to safeguard its sensitive internal matters; things like hiring and firing decisions, salary negotiations, legal discussions with the attorney, etc. In fact, North Carolina state law identifies the topics that governmental staff can withhold from public disclosure, but that list is very limited. All else is subject to the state’s sunshine laws, and must be disclosed upon request. This begs the question, why allow the NCGOP central committee to hide all of its inner deliberations from party scrutiny, when the state encourages and promotes disclosure from its own staff?

By our Plan of Organization, all matters of policy, platform, and Plan of Organization are subject to the approval of the party’s much larger Executive Committee (ExCom); the committee that is supposed to be the governing body of the NCGOP. The ExCom has not authorized the use of an NDA at any level. In fact the ExCom still announces the dates of its meetings and publishes its agendas, minutes and other relevant documents. The CC does none of that, which causes party membership to be suspicious of the CC’s activities. Today, that suspicion is palpable. I do not know a single active member of the NCGOP, who is not a member of the CC, that isn’t suspicious of what this committee is doing. I know several former NCGOP activists who have left their party leadership roles (some who have left the party altogether) because of their disdain for the CC’s failure to disclose anything about their internal activities.

I disagree with any use of an NDA within the Central Committee.  The party Chairman and our CC must be much more transparent in widely disclosing meeting dates and agendas, a summary of its deliberations and decisions, and full disclosure about which members voted which way on matters of importance to the party. Moreover, the Chairman and CC must be compelled to fully disclose the party’s budget and expenses for Executive Committee review and approval per the Plan of Organization. For several years this has not occurred. ExCom members are not allowed to see anything but the highest level of detail on this budget, but we have been asked to approve it each year. How else will we ever restore trust and confidence in the party’s leadership if the Chairman and CC refuse to be honest and forthcoming on their actions?

When I am elected NCGOP Chairman, I will insist that back records be screened for sensitivity, and that all records no longer sensitive to public disclosure be made available to the party’s membership for review. To the limits of my authority, I will not allow future use of an NDA within the CC; rather, I will insist we be transparent in all of our deliberations and decision making. We will quickly and effectively inform the ExCom and the NCGOP body as a whole on all routine matters.

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Growing NCGOP

The North Carolina Republican Party has 2,046,747 members registered to vote, a deficit of 592,490 to the democrats. We need to eliminate this gap over the next four years. Given our citizens’ reverence for liberty, Judeo-Christian tenets, and traditional American values, North Carolina should be a “red state” for all intents and purposes. We not only “lean” right, we are right.

For much too long, our party’s leadership has ignored the problem with the voter gap between us and the democrats. North Carolina is branded by national media outlets as a “light blue state’ or as a “swing state.” These labels affect voting behaviors among what Rush refers to as “low information voters.” Our voter registration deficit reflects the influence of identity politics as well.

Our opponents claim minority groups as their natural affiliates; despite the fact the Republican Party Platform best reflects their ideals- a Christian belief system, marriage between a man and a woman, a traditional family constellation, support for Israel, textual interpretation of our Constitution, and limitations to the size and scope of our federal government. Frankly, most American citizens (and many North Carolinians) are woefully misinformed about the parties and what each stands for.

As NCGOP Chairman, I will champion the cause to eliminate our registration deficit. For the next four years, we will out-work our democrat counterparts in educating prospective voters about our principles and values. We will empower our counties and precincts with the automation, tools, and training they need to market our party to the uninformed.  Below is one such tool, insprired by Franklin Graham, that I developed for broad distribution around the state.

Party Positions on Biblical Values – click image for larger version and/or PDF download.

We will win over a quarter million conservative democrats and unaffiliated voters for the Republican Party and we will register hundreds of thousands of new Republican voters newly arriving into the state or registering for the first time. By the 2020 election, Republicans will outnumber democrats in the Old North State!

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We Are At War

Make no mistake, we are at war. Emboldened by their victory in last year’s gubernatorial, NC Supreme Court, and attorney general races, the democrat party is already making plans to reestablish its political dominion in North Carolina in the fall of 2018 and beyond.

These 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 of the local jurisdictions. To the contrary, this is the time for action! Municipal elections are coming this fall, and the 2018 election cycle will be upon us soon thereafter.

This is the time to be bringing new voters into the party- Young Republicans, College Republicans, Latino Republicans, African-American Republicans, etc. 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 2018 and 2020.

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 on recent grass roots success electing a conservative super-majority in the NC General Assembly. We must sustain NCGA conservative dominance, and begin executing now on our plan to elect Dan Forest as Governor in 2020. We also need to begin the deliberate planning to win all judge races going forward, and to win back the NC Supreme Court at our first opportunity in 2022.

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NCGOP and the Working Class

The Republican Party is the party of the working man and woman. Too often, though, our party leadership ignores that hallmark, a major source of strength in the NCGOP.

Clearly, the majority of working North Carolinians voted to give Republicans control of the council of state, the election of 10 congressmen among our 13 districts, super majorities in the NC House and Senate, and a dominance of appellate court justices across the state; all of this despite the Republican Party having a voter affiliation deficit of 594,000 prospective voters to the democrat party.

Party leaders frequently fail to demonstrate concern for grass roots Republicans who represent the heart and soul of our party. They suppress participation in party governance by profiteering off of rank and file Republicans at conventions. They meddle politically in the regulation and oversight of important, long-standing state industries like commercial fishing and textiles. And they suppress participation of working class Republicans in district- and state-level Executive Committee meetings and conventions. It’s no wonder we continue to lag behind democrats in overall party affiliation around the state.

As Chairman of the NCGOP, I will insist we restore the state Republican Party to the working man and woman. We will set meetings and agendas that are well publicized and forecast well in advance for dates and times conducive to a working person’s schedule. We will permit remote participation for those who have work-related travel limitations. We will promote and defend the interests of lifeblood industries to achieve a thriving commercial fishing industry and a working coastline. We will advocate for measures that lead to full employment in furniture, agri-business, and textiles across the state. The GOP will liaison frequently and effectively with key legislators on matters of importance to the working class.

After I am elected, the NCGOP will abandon the ‘country club members only’ attitude that has crept into our policies, Plan of Organization, and operating procedures. We will conduct education and training for aggressive outreach within the minority groups around the state. By appealing to the working class, we will encourage more unaffiliated and conservative democrats to join our party, reduce the voter affiliation gap, and win important, contested races in the future.

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