Friday, April 13, 2012
HCRP Update - Convention Attention
The Harris County Republican Party Senate District Convention (say THAT three times fast) is happening next weekend, April 21st. If you've been keeping up, you'll notice that the HCRP was forced to change the funding model for the convention at the last Executive Committee meeting, when the body pretty much revolted. More detail on that appears here.
(And if you don't know anything about the convention process and want to be a part, or need a refresher course, I'll be teaching Convention 101 this coming Tuesday evening on April 17th, so join us for "Dinner and a Movement." )
But the latest buzz is that candidates will not be allowed to "electioneer" in the hallways, but instead will need to be corralled into a "candidate room." Maybe the leadership is afraid of frowns from a fire marshal or something, but this really takes the cake. Apparently the candidates would be too much of a distraction, or get in the way and block the halls. But by all means, even if we can't trust them to behave in the hallways, let's trust them with public office!
Isn't that #headdesk inducing?
Candidates are letting me know they are not happy with this. And I know plenty of them who would love to say something publicly, but think it would ultimately be unwise to do so. Well, the HCRP body spoke for them at the last meeting - I'll help speak for them now.
In lieu of a long story, I'll just gather all the latest links and let you do the reading at your own pace. But before I do, I want you to think about one thing.
How many times have you complained about the RNC or the Republican Party Leadership? Are you one of the people who refuses to give the RNC money, and sends it to candidates instead? Why is that? Do you feel the national party leadership is competent? Did Michael Steele disappoint you during his term? Did you ask yourself how we got these leaders?
Those leaders are chosen in part via the convention process. At the state convention, the delegates vote on the state leadership and the RNC members from Texas. Those RNC leaders end up voting for the national party. It all starts at the district convention.
So if you agree the national party has had its problems, what gives you confidence the local party is any different? Check out these two sites - Democrat and Republican - and tell me which informs people more, which helps people do political things with ease, which is messaging properly. Then go check out the links below and tell me if you see a theme running through them.
And if you're as upset by all this as I am, consider whether it's past time for a new leadership model.
Randy Kubosh's Open Letter
Kelly Horsley's Big Jolly Letter to the Editor
Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
"Pay To Play" Convention Covered on Breitbart
The Harris County Leadership Hole