Its surprising how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit
What next for Chairman Kelli Ward? Here is what we would like to see:
A good CEO knows how to delegate and then let that person do their job. This is critical to success! We all must realize the McCain Machine is still in tact and will not give up easily. It will take a good team of battled-experienced people to keep up with the many ways the machine will undercut the new chairman.
Immediately, find the very best knowledgeable, conservative and hire that person as Executive Director. What are the credentials that person would possess? Street smarts! Knowledge of politics and politicians. Messaging skills. PR capability. Good at vetting and hiring staff, both paid and volunteer, that are capable and loyal. Fearlessness. People skills. Comfortable with those in high positions. Fundraising techniques. An active BS meter. Able to keep tabs on what is happening in the legislature and the governor's office. For starters. Then let the ED hire needed staff. Bring volunteers in to do some of the work staff has been doing. Give the PCs ownership of their own party for a change.
Get a professional spokesperson. Ward is known to misspeak and then make all the headlines in a negative way. If AZGOP is going to recover from six years of Graham and Lines and 30 years of McCain, they cannot afford more bad press. Just because you wear the title of Chairman doesn't mean you are aware of the many ways the media will spin your words. This is the wrong time to speak from the hip! Political words are like bubble gum: they get chewed up, blown out of proportion and spit out.
Put together a committee of grassroots activists to handle PC recruiting. Committees should be made up of those with a track record of recruiting. Assign committee chairmen to cover specific areas of Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties. Train local PCs in rural areas. The goal is to fill PC seats with conservatives and get the McCain machine out of the PC purging business. Entire districts that had been conservative for years are now establishment. Identify and attack those districts.
Find the best GOTV software that is also easy for neophytes to use. This will be critical in 2020 when the rank and file PCs will be called to get our Republicans elected. And President Trump. Nothing substitutes for GOOD GOTV software that empowers PCs to use this software. The time to start working neighborhoods is yesterday.
Get creative with fundraising. Rumor has it that some sore losers are set on working against Ward with the RNC and major donors. Ward deserves a chance to perform without more chaos. She must get in that game ASAP to neutralize this effort. It's puzzling that Republicans want AZ to fail to elect Republican candidates! If you can't help, get out of the way. And maybe the party. Some have already said they would do that. Excellent start.
Be a team player. This is NOT about who is Chair so much as it is about how the Chair will welcome the disaffected back into the AZGOP office. In many ways, Ward is caught between the devil and the deep red sea. She has to find a way to span that chasm. Everything hinges on it.
Communicate. Communicate. Communicate. Not like Lines communicated about irrelevant stuff most already knew. Communicate what the AZGOP is really doing to win over voters in 2020 and PCs between now and then. Example: We have an agressive recruitment going on. Come to our briefing on XX date and time to learn about it. Public details not needed. Encourage PCs to volunteer where needed. We are tired of the secrets and bad behavior. Let's put bad behavior out to pasture along with those who express it.
Get creative with awards at the Chairman's dinner. The list of those awarded trophies for performance this past year is ridiculous. It was like rewarding chairmen, districts and individuals for failure. Pathetic and embarrassing. The AZGOP has embarrassed themselves for years. Time to hang it up on that.
Keep her husband under control and away from AZGOP. He's a loose cannon, too often. Not to everyone, but to anyone is too much.
Nan: I think "Tea Parties" could be beneficial if they stood for something. Most don't. I have stopped attending the BHC meetings as they have largely been devoted to providing politicians and aspiring politicians a speaking platform. To be useful the "Tea Parties" should adopt a meaningful platform. I suggest they consider these needs.
As Medori Severi said: "until we abandon our manifold private agendas and unite, we will merely be hapless observers standing at the bottom of a dark, deep pit, wistfully hoping to save the world, but really doing little more than breaking the fall of compatriots who are pushed in on top of us. Only by uniting in a common effort devoid of subjective paradigms will we be able to mold the human spirit upon which we may ascend to freedom....."
The "Tea Parties" adoption of a platform would be a great help in inspiring unity.
On the issue of the tea party, I bet most of us were tea party members back in 2009-2012. Or maybe 9-12ers. I went to 3 of them regularly. Met some great patriots. The tea parties took over Congress in 2010 but then they faded away in terms of real action. Republican clubs also are about charitable efforts and speakers but no real action. These are all good for informing but if anyone is interested in real action, AZRA is the place. Committed leadership with real accomplishments Randy Miller's group is also action with action oriented leaders. Glad to see people are still interested in tea parties and hope they do stuff beyond meetings. I don't see any action from them and as before, they were very interested in conveying info, a good thing. I am an AZRA member and I like what they actually do. Highly recommend being a part of that organization.
If we want to fight the McCainiacs I suggest that we add to the by-laws that State Committeemen are precinct specific --every precinct qualifies for a SC position for every 3 PC the PC of that precinct determine who is the SC.. That will do more for recruiting Workers than anything I know of. This is more like the Electoral College --now we elect SC at large much like the national popular vote. Also solves the proxy problem.
I agree with you on this. It would be truly an equal representation for each precinct to choose their quota instead of the LD having, potentially, most or all of the PCs from one very large powerful precinct. Much like what they are trying to do with the Nation Popular vote. The smaller states will ceed their right to choose who they want for President to the larger more powerful state with NPV. What you are suggesting would solve this equivalent in the way we pic SCs in our LDs. Great Idea.
We Americans now live in accordance with the ten planks of the Communist Manifesto. If this isn't enough to make one wonder if there is any difference between the two major parties I don't know what it will take. During her tenure in the Arizona legislature Kelli made no effort to change our status and I will lay 2 to 1 odds she won't do so in the near future. It matters little the color you paint Arizona.