CCRP Organization Meeting This Week

Posted: December 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

The CCRP will be having their biennial Organization meeting this week, at which time the new Executive Board will be chosen.  In most years, this process basically involves everyone on the board standing up and moving down one chair and preparing to get two years older deciding which moderate candidates they deem most ‘electable’ this time. This year, as a result of a poorly run caucus, an abysmal county convention, and a long list of establishment favorites (Mitt Romney, Rob McKenna, Reagan Dunn, Bill Finkbeiner, Marc Boldt, and Julie Olson, etc.) getting bludgeoned last month, a number of new faces are popping up among the candidates for elected board positions, and a number of the old guard are sitting this round out, their energy and arguments having been mostly spent, along with most of the party funds. Reportedly, the interim Executive Board spent a very large sum on the recent elections and has very little left over for next year’s operations. Whether or not this was a ‘scorched earth’ strategy designed to put the new administration in a tight spot is uncertain – it may be that they were just really, really dedicated to getting over the 40% hump in the 49th LD elections and thought that exhausting all of their resources there might help.

P.S. It didn’t.

In addition to a nearly-empty bank account, the new chair will inherit some serious grass-roots anger, given the move by the Romney campaign to control the delegate process during presidential elections, as well as the recent purge  of Tea Party and Liberty sympathizers from the House Budget and Banking committees by John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, and the rest of the Republican Establishment. The gap between the Republican party and the people they purport to represent grows ever wider, and whoever assumes the role of CCRP chair will have a difficult task in overcoming that divide. At least one seat in the 17th LD may be at stake as 235 Don Benton voters failed to rally behind the establishment pick, Julie Olson, and over 2500 refused to support her in the primary, a show of weakness that cost her the first position on the general election ballot and encouraged Democrats to spend in that race, to the tune of over $153,000. Hopefully, the new chair will foster a party culture and a 17th LD representative candidate that appeals more to those marginal voters and gets them back on board.

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