Moore County GOP chairman attacks Harnett, calls for his resignation

Moore County GOP chairman John Rowderdink has sent out an email to NCGOP chairman Hasan Harnett, copied to a ton of NCGOP “leaders” that doesn’t mince words:


I have read your most recent email, as I have all of your other recent emails.

I must tell you that you a making yourself look small and incompetent. The opening sentence in your last email says that you “hate that this internal conflict has boiled over and gone public”. But you are the one who has made it public. I haven’t received any emails from the Central Committee on this subject but I have received several from you and dozens from various others in our party, all generated by your having publicized your dispute with the Central Committee. You are tearing our party apart.

I didn’t vote for you when you were elected because I thought Craig Collins was better qualified to lead our party, by virtue of his past experience as a Precinct Chair, County Chair, District Chair and member of the Executive and Central Committees.  But at the Executive Committee meeting that followed the convention, I came up to you, shook your hand, gave you my card and told you that I wanted you to be successful; and offered my assistance in helping you to be so. I didn’t envision that you would divide our party as you have.

Two of the most important jobs of any Republican Chairman are to raise funds and work collaboratively with the Central Committee in the management of party affairs. You have done neither. As far as the convention fees are concerned, I think the Central Committee would have gladly supported that goal if you had raised enough money to enable it.

In the interest of repairing the damage that has been done to our party, I respectfully request that you resign as Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, so that we can unite our party and get on with the important goal of winning the 2016 election.


John RowerdinkHasan-Harnett


Moore County Republican Party

Oh, where to begin.  First, Hasan hasn’t raised money?  The FEC filings say the NCGOP under Harnett pulled in more money than it did under Robin Hayes.  Where were John’s accusations of incompetence against Hayes and demands for his firing? 

And HOW is Harnett supposed to work with a group that (1) saddles him with an insubordinate staffer who undermines him at every turn, (2) locks him out of the office, (3) locks him out of his email, and (4) bars him from party files and databases?  How is that supposed to happen? 

udI7SNZAnd the idea of the central committee “gladly” supporting Harnett?  They were plotting to defund the party treasury within hours after Harnett was elected. 

And Harnett was the only one making this public?  I guess John missed the multiple leaks to state-run media AND the driveby media that clearly had Dallas Woodhouse and Ricky Diaz’s fingerprints all over them.

Folks, this is about the old white people, who have been placeholders in the GOP for decades,  panicking over the influx of new folks into the party ranks.  They liked things the way they have been — they are in charge, we pay the money, put up the signs, and go vote like good boys and girls. 

I am sure it was no coincidence that Rowderdink wrote this not long after getting off last night’s conference call with Ma Cotten.  The word I got was that his enthusiasm for lynching Hasan left him pretty lonely among the Moore County folks on last night’s call with Ma Cotten.