Exeter, New Hampshire (CNN) – Top GOP officials in New Hampshire are ratcheting up the pressure on defiant state Republican Party Chairman Jack Kimball after he refused to step down from his post Thursday.
Hours after Kimball announced during a press conference he would not resign, members of the congressional delegation joined leaders in the state house in publicly calling on Kimball to step aside, implying in a statement they have the votes needed to force the chairman out if necessary.
"To ensure that all of the party's energy and resources are solely focused on electing Republicans, we believe it is time to move beyond this serious distraction," said the statement from Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Reps Frank Guinta and Charlie Bass, state House Speaker William O'Brien, and state Senate President Peter Bragdon. "Therefore, we call upon Jack to put the best interests of New Hampshire Republicans first and step aside as chairman of the party."
The statement said 22 members of the party's executive board had signed a letter "indicating their desire to vote for new leadership." Nineteen votes are needed to oust Kimball.
The embattled party chairman and tea party favorite held firm against growing opposition Thursday, telling members of the media he would fight "the establishment" forces determined to flush him from office.
"Those who seek to remove me from my duly elected position must recognize that I represent a movement – a political moment – much larger than myself," he said, according to planned remarks. "I plead with them not to pick this fight. It will only damage the party and cause unnecessary division."
The opposition to Kimball began as a whisper campaign and in recent days has become increasingly vocal, after a series of disappointing special election results and as reports of intra-party fighting and poor fundraising numbers became public.
The next step for Kimball's opposition would be to hold a vote at the party's special meeting Sept. 1.
You gotta love this infighting.
Imagine lamestream republicans attacking a tea bagger. Republicans are toast.
Who gives a crap?
"Those who seek to remove me from my duly elected position must recognize that I represent a movement – a political moment – much larger than myself," he said, according to planned remarks.
The man is a typically deluded conservative. What "duly elected position" is this guy talking about? Oh. Oh. Oh, yeah. He was elected by the same people trying to remove him, NH sate Republicans. Isn't it fun watch Republicans have trouble with their own little shop of horrors?
At risk for the NH GOP establishment are all the independent votes. The good news is the independents won't be voting Democratic. The bad news is the independents will vote against incumbent GOP candidates at ehe Primary level.
It's a showdown.
Notice its about what is best for the gop,........... and NOT whats best for the citizens of New Hampshire
This guy is an example of the type of politicans that control Washington.
Send them all home!
Ah... who cares. The party of faux tough guys & gals trying to be the top schoolyard bully is now bullying one of their own. So why should anyone – even their own – care??
"Saturn Devouring His Son" by Francisco Goya comes to mind. Fearing that it will be overthrown by its progeny, the Republican party fears the Teabaggers. ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good job GOP. Come back to the people and away from those extremist. Mr. Kimball really should learn to have some grace and dignity. It is exactly this kind of behavior that has led to the unleashing of extreme rudeness by one elected (usually the extremist/fiscal terrorist Tea party member) official towards another.
Thats what you get for being fair to Ron Paul, the establishment turns on you...
The question you should be asking is WHY? Google Ron Paul!