New Hampshire GOP head faces internal party struggle
Texas Gov. Rick Perry walks with State GOP Chair Jack Kimball August 18, 2011 in Dover, New Hampshire.
August 19th, 2011
07:35 AM ET
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New Hampshire GOP head faces internal party struggle

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Embattled state Republican Party Chairman Jack Kimball is trying to delay a meeting that could affect his term in office.

Kimball's tenure at the head of the state party has been mired by reports of infighting and disappointing fundraising numbers. On Thursday morning, a member of the GOP executive committee sent members an e-mail calling for a special meeting to discuss recent events. The story was first reported in the New Hampshire Union Leader.

The state GOP treasurer told the executive committee: "Recent events have created a situation of disruption that requires our team to come together and seek mutual resolution."

The meeting was said to be planned for Aug. 23, and would require the support of one-third of the committee to occur.

In response, state party spokeswoman Christine Baratta confirmed Kimball, a tea party favorite, has cited a rule in the committee bylaws that calls for 10 days' notice before calling a special meeting. His proposed date is Sept. 1.

The chairmanship is a high-profile position in the first-in-the-nation primary state, which is gearing up for a hotly-contested Republican presidential primary.


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  1. anahadwolves

    I love it when the vermin begin to feed on each other.

    August 19, 2011 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  2. Switters

    The Tea Party takes over the GOP in New Hampshire

    August 19, 2011 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    There is a LOT of "infighting" in the GOP – What makes this one different?

    August 19, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  4. Larry L

    I saw the photo of Rick Perry eating a corn dog at the Iowa Fair. He's done that before...

    August 19, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  5. Marie MD

    At first I thought tgat how can you blame one man with theblistnofmclownx he has to work with then I reakized that he is a teabagger so who cares about his job.
    Maybe the secessionist and the flake can get togethef to bring forth $2 a gallonn gas. That would literally mean crude oil at half what they cost now andnpretty much anworldwide recession but why ketnthe truth of the economy get innthe way of stupid and clueless! Listen to Ali Velshi and learnnsomething before dumb arsd comments spill out of the pie hole.

    August 19, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    oooooooohh. GOP intrigue. The Tealiban leader is in trouble. No problem. Send the shiny new megabuses with the activists out and presto, it's solved. You know why? Because they are REAL americans and if they like this guy, he must be a real american too

    August 19, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    He has low fund raising numbers because he's a "Tea Party Darling". Some conservatives have begun to realize that Tea Party and sani-tea don't mix.

    August 19, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  8. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Didja ever notice how the Tea Party favorites always try to use the rules when it favors them, and to bend or break the rules when it doesn't? Of course, considering the beating the Republican Party in New Hampshire has taken under his tenure, it is understandable that the Grown-Ups want to take over again and relegate the naughty children to their time-out corner.

    August 19, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  9. sortakinda

    Ben Beranke treasonous? Why not blame him for being Jewish? Perry, you should get a new speech coach. Oh, that's right, you have been studying in the same class as Bachmann and Palin–Ridiculum 101. If Bernanke is treasonous, Perry probably thinks everyone who has a job to do and tries his/her best to get it done is also "treasonous." I wouldn't trust an ignoramus like Perry to solve a crossword puzzle, let alone the economic troubles.

    August 19, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  10. DNC Bloggers are Welfare Bums

    If Karl Rove & his Rhino cronies from the extreme left of right Republican party, have their way, they will turn up the heat on Perry & diss the best chance of unseating Obambi we have. They need to realize that Chris Christie ain't gonna run! And Paul Ryan can't beat Obambi! Go with the sure thing.....Perry!

    August 19, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  11. harvey 60

    another Tea Party crook? Heavens, just like Speaker of the NH House O'Brien, whose son is registered to vote in Maine and NH and whose wife sits on the voter registration board in Mont Vernon, while he tries to legislate for photo IDs to prevent voter fraud? just like Joe Walsh, Illionois deadbeat dad? Christine O'Donnell, used campaign funds to pay her rent? "Honorable" former NH Governor John Sununu, forced to resign as Bush #1 chief of staff after ripping off the government for free transportation? Dick Cheney, awarded no-bid contracts to Halliburton during the Iraq War? George Bush, lowered your taexs twice and took fuel oil prices from under $1 to over $4? there's a common thread here folks, they're doing their own business, not the people's business that they always shout about. Get rid of Fat Jack Kimball and all the rest of these Tea Party thugs next November.

    August 19, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    Karl Rove republicans Vs Palin republicans

    It will get nasty

    August 19, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |