This Saturday, the annual meeting of the NH GOP will take place, and at the end, we'll all know who will serve as the Chair of the NH Republican party.
Will it be technological wizard and coalition builder Andrew Hemingway, or will it be longtime party activist and former Congressional candidate Jennifer Horn? It appears that will be decided by delegates who have had no strong ties to either, but are asking which of the two is best equipped to move the party out of the doldrums of the past couple of years.
Both candidates have been working hard to garner votes, and both have received important endorsements from well-known state and local Republican leaders. But when the names of the well-known are put aside, it may very well be the disenchanted and non-"connected" Republicans from around the state who will swing the election - - - those who look back at party problems of the past couple of years and say enough is enough, and think that without significant change, the party will continue to lose ground in New Hampshire.
Last week, things turned nasty when a supporter of Horn sent out an email to Saturday's delegates that can only be described as an extremely negative personal attack on Hemingway. And the email was sent out via an email account of another well-known former Republican candidate in 2012, who has stated clearly that he did not authorize it or even know about it, and reported that his account had been used by the Horn campaign. No statement was issued by the Horn campaign on the incident, nor has Horn mentioned it in multiple emails sent out since then. Hemingway also reported that he has not received any communication - verbal or written - from Horn, despite a public announcement from her a few days ago that she was inviting him to a "private" lunch that she said would take place next week after the election for party chairman.
So, while everyone is talking about the need for unity within the state party, the behind-the-scene activity appears to signify otherwise. And that makes people like me wonder just how much party stalwarts recognize that without change, they will not attract new or younger voters, nor will they win back disenchanted Republicans.
As readers of this blog know, I recently added another component to my "Tell It Like It Is" show called "Just Saying", which is not a talk show, but is a short commentary on emerging issues. As an observer of the nonsense now going on, I felt compelled to comment on the damage it does to the party in our state.
"NH Republicans - Still Not Getting It???" can now be watched on YouTube by clicking the link above or going to: http://youtu.be/21X6p8yKwvw