Several early states pick new party leadership
January 26th, 2013
04:55 PM ET
10 years ago

Several early states pick new party leadership

(CNN) - Republicans in New Hampshire and Democrats in Iowa and Florida elected new party leaders Saturday.

In New Hampshire, Jennifer Horn, a party activist who unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. House in 2008 and 2010, was chosen to lead the NH GOP.

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In her letter asking for support, Horn wrote, "The Republican Party remains the clearest, surest voice for preserving life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness in our great nation. When our core values of limited government, limited taxation, and unlimited opportunity are translated into policy, everyone in our community benefits. We need a Chairman who can articulate those values with clarity and passion and do so in a manner that makes a personal connection with our neighbors across the state and inspires them to vote Republican."

Horn, defeated Andrew Hemmingway, the New Hampshire head of Newt Gingrich's 2012 presidential campaign, and long-shot candidate Andrew Martin.

Iowa Democrats picked state Rep. Tyler Olson as chairman of the State Central Committee. Olson's term extends through the 2014 midterm elections. He replaces chairwoman Sue Dvorsky, who has led the party since 2010 and chose not to seek re-election.

Olson, who is president of an electric company, said 2014 "brings a real opportunity to build on Democrats' gains in Des Moines and Washington, D.C. not just to say we won an election, but to expand educational and job opportunities for all Iowans."

Iowa Democrats will bring aboard the former Obama campaign political director in their state, Troy Price, as executive director.

In Florida, Allison Tant was selected to lead the Democratic Party.

Tant is a former lobbyist, political activist and fundraiser. She had the backing of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who represents Florida in the House and is chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Name lynn

    One for the money two for the show an three to go go go, an now whats next.

    January 26, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. Ken

    It's good that New Hampshire republicans selected a two-time loser to lead the state GOP. Maybe she can teach them how to lose gracefully.

    January 26, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  3. Name lynn

    The republicans an the democrates are starting early in election, now what.

    January 26, 2013 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  4. BeverlyNC

    Republicans can elect all new people and still find themselved irrelevant and clueless when it comes to the reality of what the American People want and need. They are self-destructing as a Party, are full of extremists, are now known to lie, cheat, and spread hate without any conscience all the while pretending to be so "Christian". The charade is up. Republicans need to dump their leadership, bring in sane people, come with a real platform that fits this century, and find a soul and some humanity. Until then they will continue to disintegrate and lose more and more elections despite every effort to gerrymander, suppress the vote, and cheat by coming up with laughable new ways to count votes so the person with the least votes wins! They have really gone off the cliff of reality.

    January 27, 2013 05:10 am at 5:10 am |