NH GOP delegation to call for removal of state chair
August 24th, 2011
11:15 PM ET
11 years ago

NH GOP delegation to call for removal of state chair

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Three members of the New Hampshire GOP congressional delegation are expected to sign a letter notifying embattled state GOP Chair Jack Kimball they are seeking to remove him from office, according to two Republican sources.

The letter, which has been drafted and is scheduled to be sent out Thursday morning, will be signed by Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Reps. Frank Guinta and Charlie Bass, according to the sources.

National Committeeman Steve Duprey, National Committeewoman Phyllis Woods, and state House Speaker William O'Brien also will sign, according to the sources. The letter notifies Kimball the group is seeking to remove him from office and will call for a vote to do so.

The committee bylaws require Kimball be notified five days before such a vote could occur. A majority of members of the Republican state committee or the executive committee must vote in support of the removal to force him out of office.

Kimball's tenure at the head of the state party has been mired by reports of infighting and disappointing fundraising numbers. After a member of the state party's executive committee called for a special meeting to discuss problems in the party, Kimball pushed the meeting date back to September 1.

His office announced Wednesday evening he will address the media at a press conference Thursday morning. His office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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. Duane Kimball

    The current divide in the Republican Party is a simple acknowledgment of the truth – the Party is being torn apart by two ideologically incompatible camps. Despite pleas from many sides, the Party will not mend. The failure of the extreme right to negotiate in good faith on the debt ceiling brought our country to its knees and downgraded the very faith and credit of the U.S. government. Why would they be any more tolerant of their own?

    The 1964 contest between Goldwater and Rockefeller created a schism in the Party from which they have never fully unified and recovered. The Party needs a great unifier. Jack Kimball is a divider. But, then again, there is no such unifier. The two sides are too polarized for anyone to bring together now. The days of reconciliation – when they could have acted together as a team have been squandered in petty name-calling and power plays. Members of The Republican Party need to recognize this. They are dividing the nation as much as their own party and the consequences are dire. We will probably only see a solution when they have splintered and reformed – a process that may take decades. In the interim, the Grand Old Party that reigned supreme during the 50's and 60's in NH – despite its legislative plurality – is in shambles.

    August 25, 2011 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  2. Marie MD

    Oh that's too bad. I hope he has plenty of tea bags so he can go soak in them! You live by the sword you die by the sword, in this case the tea bag!

    August 25, 2011 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  3. Sandy

    Too bad they didn't keep the successful black man, Steele. They probably picked Steele for all the wrong reasons (Obama), but he was successful at his job.

    August 25, 2011 06:30 am at 6:30 am |