On Saturday, the GOP party faithful will converge on Bedford High School to regroup, reorganize and refocus on the future.
By all accounts, it's been a tough election cycle for the Republican Party.
The daylong Jan. 26 event will bring Republicans of all stripes together from the four corners of the state where they will be deluged by tables laden with pamphlets and swag and dissolve into group huddles for last-minute pockets of persuasion, all culminating in the main event of the gathering: Election of a new party leader.
There are three candidates in the mix – Jennifer Horn, Andrew Hemingway, and Andy Martin.
Horn and Hemingway, who were early to the party-chair party, have become embroiled over the past two weeks in a series of attacks and counter attacks, each accusing the other of sniping, smearing and mutual commission of tactical fouls.
According to Horn's camp, Hemingway supporters were responsible for wading into personal territory by exposing a tax lien on Horn's Nashua property, ammunition for discrediting her ability to be a reliable fundraiser for the GOP.
Horn fired back at Hemingway for his part in creating fissures within the party and launching "personal attacks" at a time when the party needs most to congeal.
Then last week Hemingway called for an apology from Horn for an email circulated by her supporter, Bruce Perlo, former Grafton County Republican Chairman, questioning Hemingway's fiscal and political integrity.
And so it has gone, with plenty more commentary swirling in cyberspace by supporters for both candidates, via social media platforms.
The third candidate is Andy Martin of Manchester, who only recently entered the race, a perennial political pot-stirrer who brings with him plenty of colorful baggage, and admits to being a controversial candidate.
Candidates, at a glance:
Andrew Hemingway: Former chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of NH, a state chapter of the national Republican Liberty Caucus; served as New Hampshire director of Newt Gingrich's 2012 presidential campaign; founder/CEO at Digital-Acumen, an online social media analytics company with a political bent.
Jennifer Horn: 2008 GOP nominee for the 2nd Congressional District; ran unsuccessfully for the same post in 2010; founder of We the People Freedom Forum, which sponsored several Presidential Primary debates and forums; former columnist and radio show host.
Andy Martin: Has run unsuccessfully for at least 16 political offices, including Congressional and Senatorial seats in Illinois, Florida, a bid for governor of Illinois and twice for U.S. President. Subject of a New York Times article, chronicling his Republican rabble rousing, and credits him with initiating false rumors in 2004 about President Obama being Muslim.
NH GOP Annual Committee Meeting
- January 26, 2013
- Bedford High School. Click here for directions
- Registration Begins at 9 a.m.
- Meeting will be called to order at 10 a.m.
- Cost: $35
Agenda for the 2013 Annual Meeting is subject to change.
All voting members must be credentialed by 11 a.m.
Remarks from our Congressional Delegation
Remarks from State Elected Officials
Report from the New Hampshire Federation of Republican Women
Report from the Young Republicans
Report from the College Republicans
Report from the RNC (National Committeeman)
Report form the RNC (National Committeewoman)
Meldrim Thomson Jr., Principle Above Politics Award Presentation
Norris Cotton Awards Presentation
Rules Committee Report
Bylaw Amendment and Discussion
Election of Officers (vote will go in this order)
Area Vice Chair (5)
- Vicki Schwaegler (Orford)
- Jim Coburn (Windham)
- Mark Vincent (Amherst)
- Thomas Howard (Croydon)
- Robert Kasper (Walpole)
- Alan Glassman (Barnstead)
- Jeff Newman (Concord)
- Fran Wendelboe (New Hampton)
- Diane Bitter (Rye)
- Eileen Smiglowski (Concord)
- Robert Scott (Newport) Vice Chairman
JP Marzullo (Deering)
Frank Emiro (Londonderry)
- Jennifer Horn (Nashua)
- Andew Hemingway (Bristol)
- Andy Martin (Manchester)