GOP leaders oust tea party-backed New Hampshire chairman

Jack Kimball: Another loss for the tea party

A tea party-backed chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party — under fire for lackluster fundraising, election losses and inexperience on the job — resigned just minutes before fed-up GOP leaders could remove him.

Jack Kimball — who became chairman just seven months ago as part of the much-heralded “tea party revolution” in New Hampshire — stepped down, telling supporters “I am not going to become an obstacle for this party.”

His forced resignation is widely viewed as another sign of the tea party’s declining fortunes and a move by Republican leaders who are trying to take back control of the party from the tea party.

Under Kimball’s control, the New Hampshire Republican party lost the confidence of the state’s congressional delegation and the Republican National Committee.  Even a last minute effort by tea party activists could not save him.

But that didn’t stop the faux grassroots group from invading the Holiday Inn in Concord, New Hampshire with typical bluster, shouting epithets from the floor, waving signs and demanding that Kimball keep his job.

“You’re watching the death of the New Hampshire Republican Party tonight,” New Hampshire tea party member E. J. Bleir of Dover told The Associated Press.

But longtime Republican Sal Rivero of Concord saw it different. In an email to Capitol Hill Blue, Rivero called Kimball’s ouster as “something that is long overdue.”

“If the Republican Party wants to reclaim its former glory, it has to kick out these tea party nuts and get back to issues,” he said.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus issued a statement congratulating Kimball’s successor, former state vice chairman, Wayne MacDonald, saying “we have a strong partner in Wayne, and with his leadership we will make certain Barack Obama is a one-term president.”

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4 Responses to "GOP leaders oust tea party-backed New Hampshire chairman"

  1. Sandune  September 2, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Heh, heh, heh! Doncha luv it?

  2. woody188  September 2, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Rumor has it John Sununu is behind the ouster since his pick, Juliana Bergeron, lost her bid for State Party Chair. So it seems the establishment Republicans don’t like the “faux grassroots” group that manages to find all sorts of real people to show up to events showing them up at election time.

    The major parties seem more “faux grassroots” then any other. Look at the approval rates for Congress and the President. No one supports these “major” parties any longer except the filthy rich.

  3. b mcclellan  September 2, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Maybe they can hire each other and cancel themselves out, thereby freeing the onset of the glacial melting of those cold cold hearts.

    I never imagined America could get this mean.

  4. Old Curmudgeon  September 7, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Despite what tea party member E. J. Bleir of Dover says, the spiraling toward death of the Republican Party as we knew it became evident when the Tea Party stood up – refusing to actually break away from the Republicans (and their money bags), instead weakening it by hanging around dividing the party.

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