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Letters: Conventional Wisdom and Rejection of GOP 'Top-Down' Structure

"It seems the 'First in the Nation' State Republican Party has taken a courageous (and possibly unprecedented) step to reclaim the GOP for the grass roots."

Dear Editor:

Yesterday, the, the New Hampshire Republican Party, after an afternoon of spirited  floor fights, voted to accept a new State Party Platform after 20 proposed amendments were debated. However, the most remarkable event was yet to come. In the closing minutes of the Convention, the GOP delegates passed the following Resolution by an overwhelming voice vote in a sharp rebuke to the national GOP:
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RESOLUTION TO RESTORE THE POWER OF THE GOP GRASSROOTS

Whereas, the new party rules at the Republican National Convention in Tampa were adopted under questionable circumstances with disregard for convention rules;

Whereas, the new rules impose a top-down structure of governance in place of the party's traditional bottom-up structure and reduce the power and autonomy of state and local party organizations;

Whereas, the changes to Rule 12 give unprecedented power to the national committee to change party rules without the input and approval of state parties and their members;

Whereas, it is to benefit of the New Hampshire Republican Party that First in the Nation rules not be open to change between conventions;

Therefore, be it resolved that:

We condemn Rule 12 as antithetical to Republican values and assert the primacy of the delegates to the Republican Convention in setting party rules;

We reject the new top-down structure of governance as detrimental to the long-term success of the Republican Party.
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It seems the "First in the Nation" State Republican Party has taken a courageous (and possibly unprecedented) step to reclaim the GOP for the grass roots. The vote, which some observers believe may have been as many as 90 percent  of those present, reflects the growing influence of the Republican Liberty movement in New Hampshire. It is sure to spark controversy and healthy discussion. I wonder if other States will soon follow suit?

David Murotake

Nashua, NH

Super Fun Size October 03, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Mitt Romney's campaign handed out a total of $112,500 in bonuses on August 3... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/mitt-romney-campaign-bonuses_n_1902266.html
Super Fun Size October 03, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Lorna, People can "say" anything, I don't think that makes anything fact unless we see some proof. Surely you could say that these people claimed to be paid.
Super Fun Size October 03, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Romney And GOP Paying Millions To Firms Tied To Voter Fraud Allegation Scandals http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/romney-and-gop-paying-millions-to-firms-tied-to-voter-fraud-allegation-scandals/politics/2012/09/27/49837
Super Fun Size October 03, 2012 at 06:04 PM
There is lots of money in elections.
Lorna Andoscia October 03, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Mike: Campaign funds vs. Union funds. You are comparing apples to oranges. Union funds are mandatory, political funds are voluntary donations. How a candidate spends those funds is up to his campaign. If he sees that a campaign worker is working extra hard to get him elected and feels that his efforts are producing good results, why shouldn't he reward that worker for a job well done. We are not talking about volunteers here. We are talking about high level paid campaign staff that have been working their butts off! This is in stark contrast to paying protesters! As for your statement, "Surely you could say that these people claimed to be paid."... Wow! You must be getting really desperate! So...The Union members were either paid or lying...Is that what your saying? As for them lying, since when does a volunteer tell someone they are being paid? If you were volunteering at a protest, wouldn't you be irate over someone even suggesting you were being paid! Why would someone say such a thing if they weren't indeed being paid?

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