The Chairman of the NCGOP is accountable to rank and file Republicans for several things:
- Leading and guiding the party to victory in elections, local through federal
- Messaging and branding the NCGOP so we grow the party’s numbers across the state
- Directing the fundraising efforts of the party to sustain stable operations and to resource the party’s needs
- Ensuring the party’s governance structure is properly balanced and carried out in accordance with the State Plan of Organization;
- 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. The results of the 2016 election campaign, alone, are grounds for dismissing him from further leadership responsibilities. He should be held accountable for losing three of the four most pivotal races on the ballot- the Governor’s race, the Attorney General’s race, and the Supreme Court race. Losing these three positions assured our legislature will be neutralized in the courts and by executive branch recalcitrance for the next four years. This will slow the growth of our economy, delay the reduction of cumbersome regulations, and stymy initiatives protecting traditional American values.
These losses are nothing short of a travesty. Yet, we need not have suffered the defeats; all three races would have been won had our Chairman been more vigilant and supportive of grass roots initiatives. 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.
Several of our council of state races were decided not by the efforts of the NCGOP Chairman, but 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 will not be able to depend on President Trump’s coattails in 2018. The NCGOP will have to out-perform democrats for many of 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 candidate with the biggest rolodex of contacts.
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.
Learn more about Jim Womack here.