Americans for Tax Reform is sponsoring a debate among the candidates for the RNC Chair. Anyone can submit questions on their website, where we can watch the debate on Monday, January 5, at 1 p.m. EST.
The two most important things I want to know are
I found and voted for the following questions related to my first one:
Here are the ones I found and voted for that are related to my second question:
A number of people whose blogs and tweets I read regularly have been promoting Saul Anuzis for the new RNC Chair. I ran across his name last month in a list of candidates for the position, which I wrote about here. I didn’t know anything about him, so I did a little research.
He is currently the Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. According to his website,
Saul Anuzis is not your typical Republican State Chairman. He is an unabashed Reagan-conservative with strong opinions about the role of government. He is also one of the most tech savvy chairmen in the country. The phrases often used to describe him include “constantly inmotion”, “whirlwind”, “true believer” and “man with a plan”. He joined the Teamsters union and rides a Harley Road King. But he leaves the Harley home when he’s campaigning so he can Twitter, blog and blackberry on the road. He is also a Boy Scoutmaster and a hockey dad. And, he is as committed to the Republican Party’s conservative roots as he once was to the liberation of Lithuania, the country his parents fled before seeking the American dream in Detroit, Michigan.
Saul is a believer in the core principles of Republicanism. They are the reason he became a Republican. He certainly wasn’t born into it. Saul grew up in a working class neighborhood in Detroit. He played in the streets with the kids of other autoworkers. He saw Ronald Reagan speak to those workers with a message that spoke to him as well. And he knows that, until we reach those voters again, Republicans will not win.
The theme of his campaign is “The comeback starts now.”
In his “Blueprint for a GOP Comeback,” he outlines his plan for that comeback
I’d recommend reading his plan. I intend to look at it more closely.
His interest in and use of web 2.0 applications is a plus. On the home page of his site are links to his online presence in Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google Video, YouTube, blip.tv, and Flickr. The obvious omission from the list is Second Life. (A search for Anuzis using the in-world search engine yielded non results.) That omission does cause me to question how serious/deep his interest in and knowledge of web-based tools are.
More important than his use of technology is his commitment to conservative principles, which is at least displayed on his website and in his plan, but I don’t know enough about his history to know how committed a conservative he is.
I also have to ask why he is going to all this trouble campaigning for the position of RNC Chair when, as I wrote a week ago, the Chair is selected by the members of the RNC–not the members of the party at large. (I don’t know if the other announced candidates are doing the same.)
I’ve been wondering how the RNC Chairman is selected. I even asked that question in a tweet earlier today, but I didn’t get a reply. I finally put my research skills to work and found the rules of the National Republican Committee, which consists “of one (1) national committeeman and one (1) national committeewoman from, and the chairman of the state Republican Party of, each state” (1).
The officers of the Republican National Committee include a
chairman and a co-chairman of the opposite sex who shall be elected by the members of the Republican National Committee. The chairman or co-chairman need not be a member of the Republican National Committee. Except as otherwise ordered by a majority of the members of the Republican National Committee present and voting on the matter, the chairman and the co-chairman shall be full-time, paid employees of the Republican National Committee. The chairman shall be the chief executive officer of the Republican National Committee. (3)
Following is the election process:
The chairman, co-chairman, and all other officers shall be elected in January of each oddnumbered year. All officers, except the vice chairmen, shall be nominated from the floor and shall have at least the majority vote of the Republican National Committee members in each of three (3) states in order to have their names placed in nomination. There shall be no nominating committee. (4)
Therefore, it seems that the only way to influence the selection is to lobby your state’s committeeman, committeewoman, and party chairman.
The hashtag (#RNCChair) in the title of this post is an experiment. I have TwitterFeed set up to post my blog entries automatically to my Twitter account. I hoping the tag will show up in that particular tweet.