Friday, February 8, 2013

MeckGOP Chairman race really a proxy fight?

At last night's annual MeckGOP precinct meeting two candidates for MeckGO Chairman introduced themselves to many of the voters who will select a new top leader at the March county convention.

With Mecklenburg County having over 180k registered Republicans, controlling the local Party mechanism would be a nice bit of leverage to have for any politician, and it seems two of the biggest names in NC politics have thrown proxies into the ring.

Igor Jablokov and Bradley Overcash both made their pitches for the chairmanship of the MeckGOP.  Interestingly, neither gave a lot of information on what they had done for the local party to deserve the top spot.  Instead, both focused on their connections powerful elected officials.

Igor Jablokov has been a member of Governor Pat McCrory's transition team and Bradley Overcash worked for Congressman Robert Pittenger back when he was in the NC State Senate.

The question is will the local party faithful pick one of these two men with strong establishment connections or will someone else who has a longer history working the Party's grassroots step forward.

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